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Why You Do What You Do

I read an article in American  Motorcyclist Magazine titled, “8 Reasons to Feel Good About Riding a Motorcycle.”  The article addressed the environmental benefits of motorcycling including less emissions, gas use, and space taken.  I don’t think this is why most riders feel good about riding a motorcycle.  But the article did make me think […]

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National Speakers Association

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I just returned from the National Speakers Association Convention where I spent 8 days with 1300 professional speakers, trainers, authors, and consultants.  These are my people and I had a wonderful time learning from some of the best in the business.  I thought I’d share some of the best insights I got: “Take a stand. […]

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Even Royal Protocol Can Be Fun

Canadian singer Meaghan Blanchard was singing for Prince William and his wife when she made a blunder of her attempt to honor them with their royal titles.  She mixed up the words “duke” and “duchess” and accidentally called Prince William a “douche.” Now, I’m sure she felt really bad at the time but in the […]

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Yankee Does the Right Thing

I love stories that show people doing the right thing – especially when it’s the opposite of what we all expect.  When Christian Lopez caught Derk Jeter’s 3,000th hit, we all probably fantasized about the potential revenue the ball could have generated for Lopez on eBay or Craig’s List. But he had a different fantasy. […]

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It's Never Too Late to Get Better

A 79 year-old great-grandmother, Tomasa Herrera, was helping her great-grandson with his homework but was struggling with some of the material (probably the same physics problems my son brought to me).  Her great-grandson said, “You need to go back to school, Grandma.” Thankfully, she didn’t whack him up side the head or send him to […]

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It Takes More Effort To Cheat Than to Do it Well

A Washington Post article reported that 140 teachers and 38 principals were involved in an organized cheating scandal to help students, schools, and districts meet targets required by standardized testing.  Here’s the full article:  Atlanta Public Schools Embroiled in Cheating Scandal I may be missing something here but wouldn’t it be better to put the […]

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Responsible Motorcycling

At the risk of offending some of my two-wheeling friends, I’d like to address a recent report about a motorcyclist who was killed while riding without a helmet in a protest against mandatory helmet laws.  The police reported that had this rider been wearing a helmet, he would have survived.  My condolences go out to […]

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Compton High School Student Learns to Do it Well at a Young Age

I heard a wonderful story on Headline News recently about Compton (CA) High School senior Allan Guei.  As a standout on the varsity basketball team, Allan entered a free-throw shooting contest sponsored by a marketing agency that wanted to produce a documentary to dispel negative beliefs about the Compton community. Guei won the competition and […]

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Clever Breast Cancer Awareness

I was on a flight to Phoenix this week and a man two seats in front of me stood up to leave. I noticed this on the back of his t-shirt: DON’T LET CANCER STEAL SECOND BASE Now, I know that this could be viewed as a very chauvinistic perspective but I think it a […]

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Netflix Doesn't Care About Customers…Do They?

Netflix announced that on September 1, they will change their subscription service by separating the cost of instant downloads from the cost of mailed DVD’s.  For my family, that change will result in a 33% increase in our cost.  I can’t understand why they would stick it to their customers like this.  Don’t they realize […]

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