30th December 2013

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A holiday table fit for a king.

A holiday table fit for a king.

23rd May 2013

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21st May 2013

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The problem with people and politics

These days I am not even sure people want to solve problems. I think they are generally more interested in being right than fixing our political problems. They read only publications that cater to their political bent and follow in their social media only people who think like they do, or are at least benign in their comments, and watch only news organizations that seem to share their view. Often, when conversation is engaged on social media it is to virtually shout back and forth at each other or throw out barbs as to why the other guy/party/philosophy is wrong until the discussion descends into name calling. 

We seem to live in a world where sound bites have become our primary means of discussing difficult things without taking the time to engage in meaningful conversation about the issue being discussed. It’s as if we are only capable of raising to adulthood children who have learned to look at life through the Attention Deficit lens. Consequently, we are more persuaded by how we feel then how we think and rarely take time to research anything before deciding what we feel is a defensible position despite having more information available to us than at any other time in human history. 

If you find yourself to be one of these people my advice is simple:

  1. Stay on topic.
  2. Use facts not names.
  3. Remember the other person feels as strongly about his position as you do yours - that doesn’t make them more wrong.
  4. A debate is not won by the loudest or the most passionate, it is won by a well structured and logical defense of a position.
  5. Think before writing.

 I’m sure others can think of additional items for the above list and I would love to hear them. 

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21st May 2013

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Love this pic of her!

Love this pic of her!

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I was sitting here today wondering how I might get out of work, when suddenly it occurred to me…..