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Back when my sole responsibility in life was to “learn” (oh, glorious days), I remember writing a high school paper on organizational theory and reading about an amazing social scientist and Nobel Prize winner named Herbert Simon. That was so long ago, but frequently these days, I find mysel…

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The rain finally stopped. Outside, it was still cold but clear, dry, sunny and bright. Everywhere I turned, I saw people smiling — outside walking, playing, talking, and, yep, buying.

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I am sure that you too have your own stories of good people, who have pulled you up or restored your faith either in yourself or in humanity. Here are mine.

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I have good friends — a couple — who I look to as examples of what “living well” looks like. And I don’t mean a life of affluence, but that they live “right.” They get it.

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So, with what we all have just been through, and are going through, I feel fairly safe in saying that this past few months — this year — has been brutal — exhausting, frustrating, debilitating, and just plain hard.

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I have friends all over the political spectrum. Two of my best friends happen to fall on the side that I struggle to understand. I value their friendship highly; it’s the kind of friendship that one protects with sharp swords or F-35s. I would walk on hot coals for them, and they would do th…

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I received a gift this afternoon, right before it was time to leave the office for the day. It was just after 5 pm, and my phone rang and a voice on the other end told me that “my son is doing so well now.”  

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Over the years, Christina and I have moved only a few times. I wrote last week about selling our family home to our son Hans and moving into a leased townhome about a half mile away. The townhome is fairly new, large, spacious and requires no maintenance or yard work. Almost all our furnitur…

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My main takeaway from my hike on the trail was the understanding that no matter what the circumstance, “the trail always provides and that there is a reason for everything.” The trail is a giant metaphor for life.  

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“I built my house to withstand a category 5 hurricane. So, I wanted to see if it could.”

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You probably know what the word “assume” means, no? Well, if not, the polite version is that if you assume something, often it will bite you in the behind because you will be big-time wrong. See if any of your assumptions about the media were wrong. 

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This has been a learning week for me since my recent column came out and a number of readers responded with emails. My column, “Should we save local journalism? Do we care,” talked about many things. One central topic was my questioning the anger I see “out in our world” — including the abus…

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I always look for the library when I am in someone else’s house. If they don’t have a library, I look for magazines. To me what someone reads is the key to knowing them. And what they don’t read is also part of that key. I am reminded of one of the taglines of a national advertising campaign…

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I wrote this column over the weekend before council met Monday night. In the original column I speculated that the council would indeed release the results of their investigation although I said that I hoped that they would wait until after the election. Had they waited it would have removed…

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I have been reading a lot about Uber.com and AirBnB.com – two darlings of the Internet business world and also two of the most visible, fastest growing and disruptive companies today. One involves transportation and the other involves lodging – but the new business model can apply to almost …

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It has been a busy and confusing week in the news, I think. There have been lots of eclectic events – hence the headline of this column.

I have good friends — a couple — who I look to as examples of what “living well” looks like. And I don’t mean a life of affluence, but that they live “right.” They get it.

Bratwurst is Wisconsin soul food. I have fond memories of the time I spent in Hurley, Wisconsin running the Paavo Nurmi Marathon in 1994 so when I found bratwurst at Whole Foods Market in Georgia recently, I bought some. Real bratwurst is a fresh sausage that must be cooked before eating, bu…

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It has been a busy and confusing week in the news, I think. There have been lots of eclectic events – hence the headline of this column.