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Being Exhausted Before Life Ends

Most writing is the scratching of an insatiable itch for immortality. Alas, the more written, the greater the itch. Dee Hock Since reading Dee’s most recent work, Autobiography of a Restless Mind, I have been pondering the human desire for immortality, and wondering if, perhaps, we understand immortality inaccurately. 2.2 million books were published last

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The Cusp Between Danger & Opportunity

Note: I am submitting this for publication in the November/December issue of Neighbors of Batavia magazine.    “Imagination is the organ that allows us to thrive on the cusp between danger and opportunity.” Lee Smolin in Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe Every morning we wake into a world fraught

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A Tribute to a Beloved Teacher

  I was a newly-minted MBA moving from an entry-level position to a job selling catalysts in the oil industry. The sales manager, Jim Trecek, arranged for me to spend a week under the tutelage of a renowned salesman in Toronto. His name was Pat McLaughlin. I arrived at the Toronto airport before Pat, and

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