October 15, 2018

It was April 1, 1981 and I was a reporter for The Columbus Enquirer, in Columbus, Ga. I was told to go to Hurtsboro, Ala., about 30 miles away, where a major tornado had touched down.

When I got there, I was awestruck by the devastation. Walking around destroyed homes a...

September 23, 2018

Probably the worst speech that I ever gave was on a topic that most people would find interesting and important. And yet I managed to make it unappealing and boring. Trust me, it took work on my part.

About a year ago, I was invited to speak to a group of economic devel...

September 10, 2018

Some truisms to ponder:

A)  It is so easy to judge the actions of others, more so than ourselves.

B)  We live in a world of gradations of gray. However, we can make black and white determinations. (That’s a duck. That’s an elephant. That’s a  Ford F-150 pickup truck.)...

August 14, 2018

Among us boys, Wilhelm Wolfskill gained immediate cult-hero status with a single utterance.

"Willie," as we called him behind his back, was our “shop class” teacher at South Lebanon Middle School in Lebanon, Pa. I’m guessing the year was 1968 or 1969, and I was in eithe...

August 5, 2018

The email was labeled “Question.”

It came from an old friend, who is not so old as he is younger than me. My friend was also once my boss when we worked together at the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama back in the 1990s.

Don Erwin’s email was curious by the fa...

July 29, 2018

The Texan accepted his job transfer to Erie, Pa., knowing it was the best way to rise in the company ranks. He arrived in late spring.

Soon thereafter he found a nice and surprisingly affordable house in Millcreek Township, just four miles west of the city. As his neigh...

June 17, 2018

We all love a good story, and the reason is because we actually feel stories.

Researchers have found that when we listen to or read or watch a story, two hormones – cortisol and oxytocin -- are released in our brains, which shape our behavior.

The brain produces cortisol...

June 3, 2018

As a consultant, I have opined on matters on which I should have just kept my mouth shut and listened. Spouting-Off Syndrome, speaking in an authoritative manner on things one knows little or nothing about, is a common affliction among consultants.

Those stricken with S...

May 2, 2018

The most consequential words in American history is a simple if not astounding phrase that "all men are created equal." In our Declaration of Independence, it strikes to the very heart of our nation’s identity.  

Ratified the Second Continental Congress on July 4,...

April 8, 2018

The founding fathers of this country were of the belief that history, above all other subjects, was the most important for people to study. History gives us insight as to who we are, where we have been and where we are going.

I love to read history and believe that it c...

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