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Eat + Speak = Persuade

Courting couples often dine together in romantic, candlelit restaurants.  But almost everyone who has become acquainted with a potential partner over a meal knows that the food is of secondary importance compared to the conversation.  It is through speech that men and women gain an impression of each other’s personality. Fascinatingly, studies show that early...

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All the Way to the Top

 Women excel in many activities previously dominated by men.  Women are found in mathematics, physics, symphony orchestras, soccer, and yes, even NASCAR race cars.  However, one area that appears to be conspicuously short of female talent is the field of stage magicians and illusionists.  While women predominate as magician assistants, it is hard to find...

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The Worst of Times

  Three Jewish lads somehow survived the death camps that claimed all their family members.  They had spent a large part of their young lives witnessing unimaginable horrors and enduring nightmarish tortures.    Soon after gazing at the Statue of Liberty their lives began to change.  William Konar opened a little drug store that grew...

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Persuasion Power

Note: Each week a number of you contact us to say, “Where is my Thought Tool?” Since Thought Tools started in January 2008, we have never missed a week. While you can always read the latest 3 issues on our home page, you can increase the likelihood of Thought Tool arriving in your mailbox by...

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I Hear You

  I told him a joke the other day.  Before I finished my punch line he started telling me a better one.  Another time he sought my advice but as I was contemplating my response he burst out with his own answer.  In the time we’ve known one another I don’t suppose he has really...

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Have a Heart

  I don’t know about you, but I can look backwards at a depressingly long list of mistakes.  These were bad decisions.  I think of them as forks in the road where I took the wrong turn.   Almost without exception, each one resulted when I rationalized something to which I already felt emotionally attracted. ...

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Have a Heart

    I don’t know about you, but I can look backwards at a depressingly long list of mistakes.  These were bad decisions.  I think of them as forks in the road where I took the wrong turn.   Almost without exception, each one resulted when I rationalized something to which I already felt emotionally...

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What! Me Cheat?

“Rabbi, I’ve been seeing another woman,” the man sitting opposite me flatly declared.  Unfortunately, I have heard more than my fair share of such heartbreaking disclosures.  Sometimes it was the wife betraying the marriage; sometimes the husband.  Sometimes the marriage was rescued; often it wasn’t.   A marriage betrayal and its consequences is surely one...

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We Interrupt This Life

When you were a child, the unwanted food on your plate probably didn’t become more appealing when your mother reminded you that children in Africa were starving. Similarly, knowing that the current downturn does not compare with The Depression doesn’t necessarily make our own lives less stressful. And when we live with constant tension we...

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Lions and Foxes and Me, Oh My

  Has anyone ever asked you whether you are more a cat or a dog person?  Before you answer, think about this: Members of the cat family, including lions, often carry their tails high.   Most times, members of the dog family, including foxes, hunt with their noses close to the ground as they follow...

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