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Colorblind?

Many people take pride in being “colorblind,” that is, unwilling to recognize differences in the color of people’s skin.  Not only is it disrespectful to ignore such a significant part of a person’s heritage and cultural background, the example below is an illustration of how detrimental so-called colorblindness is to actually appreciating the person. Follow the […]

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Microsoft Outlook Tips

Although I’m a Mac guy, as promised in my previous post, here are four email handling features in Microsoft Outlook that I love. Drag to Create Calendar Appointments. Has someone requested a meeting in an email and not as a calendar appointment?  The nerve!  If you drag your email to the calendar (to a specific date or to […]

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Zero Inbox–Email Management

In this post, I’ll tell you how to achieve the zero inbox. The other day, I heard someone say that an empty inbox is an unreasonable goal. I whole-heartedly disagree! Not only is it a reasonable goal but given the accumulated hours of your life wasted scanning your inbox for a particular message or figuring […]

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Choosing your College Major

As my children approach college age, the question of college major has come up more than once around the dinner table. Whereas, as a professor years ago, I would tell my students to major in something they really liked, my advice is getting more pragmatic. Yes, major in something you like, but make major in […]

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Maryland’s 4 out of 500 is Not Good Enough

Something is very wrong in Maryland. Recently I was looking at the Fortune 500 list and was shocked to see that only 4 of the 500 biggest companies in America claim the Free State as home: Lockheed Martin (#59), Marriott (#219), Discovery Communications (#460), and Host Hotels (#477). Not only is it below average, but it is also significantly […]

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My 2 cents on Minimum Wage

Since there’s been such a row over President Obama’s plan to increase minimum wages, let me offer my $0.02 regarding proposals to hike the federal minimum wage. My problem with POTUS’ minimum wage plan is not a “big business versus the little man” issue or that I think people should just accept that they live […]

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What’s your time really cost?

In the words of Charles Dickens, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, … it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us.”  In these uncertain times, are you thinking about taking control of your destiny and […]

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Agile Family Vacations

Summer is almost here and that means summer trips are at your doorstep. If family travel stresses you out, let me suggest the Agile Family Vacation for keeping your sanity while you travel. When we were young, our family pioneered agile family vacations. We’d set out in the morning with only a map, a stack of […]

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What I Love About the American Flag

Let me tell you what I really love about our Grand Old Flag. It’s almost June 14, which every American should know as Flag Day but probably doesn’t because we don’t get off of work and most schools are already closed for summer. As I reflect on the greatness of the Stars and Stripes, what I […]

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How to Eat Crabs

Summer is on its way! For those of you new to eating the not-so-delicacy that is Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs and those of you whose parents didn’t teach you properly, here are my tested instructions for how to eat crabs most efficiently. I don’t care what anybody says (even my wife), the Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab […]

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