Monthly Archives: February 2010

Just Do It

It’s the default leadership skill – when everyone is sitting around arguing that something must be done, but almost everyone has an objection to this or that detail of the plan on the table, and refuses to agree to move … Continue reading

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That Unsatisfactory Second Act

There are no second acts in American lives. At least that is what F. Scott Fitzgerald said. And he was at a loss at the end, living out his last days just down the street here on North Laurel Avenue … Continue reading

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Meeting on the Commons

Friday, February 26, in history – on this day, in 1919, President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure establishing Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, and on February 26, 1929, President Calvin Coolidge signed a measure establishing Grand Teton National Park … Continue reading

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The Virtual Agora

The ancient Greeks had the agora – the open marketplace, where, along with buying the day’s zucchini and feta and bad wine, the affairs of the day were discussed, and the big questions pondered. That’s where we get the concept … Continue reading

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Magical Thinking in American Politics

It’s been almost thirty years here in the land of magical thinking – but you get used to it. Coincidences aren’t coincidences at all, they’re fate. And your mind can directly affect the physical world – think positive thoughts and … Continue reading

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Induced Xenophobia

It’s hard to be xenophobic in Los Angeles. You’d have to stay home with the windows closed. Back in the eighties it was sitting and sipping scotch down in San Pedro late at night with the retired Croatian merchant marine … Continue reading

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The Appearance of Weakness

The appearance of weakness is weakness. That was always the argument. Appear strong and others respect you, or if they can’t manage to respect you – because they hate your guts for what you’ve done in the past and are … Continue reading

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