Thursday, 21 January 2010 00:00

From Centerfold to Senator

You'd have to be eligible for Social Security to remember the last time a Republican sat in the Senate seat made vacant last year when Ted Kennedy died. Scott Brown is the first Republican to win the seat since Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. won it in 1946.

On Tuesday, the citizens of Massachusetts voted in a special election to fill the seat with Brown, favoring the former Cosmopolitan centerfold by 52 percent to 47 percent for his opponent, Democrat Martha Coakley.


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Thursday, 14 January 2010 00:00

 Will We Do What is Necessary for Our Children?

Miep Gies, who saved Anne Frank's diary during World War II, died Sunday at the age of 100. Gies was the last living link to the Frank family. She spent her last six decades traveling and talking about her experience during World War II, ensuring that those who read Frank's diary knew that it was genuine and that the Holocaust was real.

Anne Frank was 15 and a prisoner in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp when she died of typhus in 1945. Her diary, chronicling the two years she hid with her family and another Jewish family from the Nazis, provides an intimate look into the life of an adolescent growing up in hiding and living in fear.

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Thursday, 07 January 2010 00:00

The Right Book at the Right Time

 "Let me say it as clearly and succinctly as I can: we screwed up," Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele wrote in his new book, "RightNow: A 12- Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda" (Regnery Publishing, 2010).

Steele is extremely courageous and exactly right.

Few people like to admit mistakes -- they see it as a sign of weakness.

Instead, it can be empowering and energizing.

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Thursday, 31 December 2009 00:00

Creating Our Nation's Future -- No More Bread and


The start of a new year, a new decade no less, should be marked by a pause in our daily lives. Time to get rid of what is dragging us down and to focus on what is working in our lives. While others are gnashing their teeth at the year they are leaving behind -- the decade that they are getting rid of (naughty aughties, anyone?), a few of us are optimistically anticipating the year and the decade to come.

The best way to get over a bad event is to "look suffering straight in the eye, acknowledge and respect its presence," according to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, ("Finding Flow," Basic Books, 1997), "and then to get busy as soon as possible focusing on things we choose to focus on."

Thursday, 24 December 2009 00:00

 The Audacity of WashingtonRead the complete article at ...

Audacity and transparency are running rampant in Washington. Elected officials are transparent about their audacity.

President Obama ran on the promise of hope and change. If voters would dare to be hopeful, he would steer the country toward change we could all believe in. The goal was for Washington to end business as usual and for transparency to rule. Obama championed the idea that we were entering an era of post-partisan politics, when the American people's interests would trump those of special interests.


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