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January 19, 2016

As we begin the New Year, the newspapers are full of stories tracking the stock market's momentous plunge.  If it isn't about the stock market, it is about the presidential caucus in Iowa and if not that, the lead content of Flint, Michigan's water supply.  All very scary and upsetting stories.  However, the story that scared me the most was an article in the Wall Street Journal on 1/6/16 about the Kodak campus in Rochester.  You see, since it's bankruptcy, Kodak is no longer using all of the Kodak campus.   "The story of how Kodak went South is the stuff of business school case studies, but it (Kodak) didn't weather the rise of digital photography well - despite having invented the technology" said Keach Hagely.

Kodak, 20 years ago was still an earth shaking company. How tenuous is success despite...

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A Visit from Christmas Past

December 19, 2015

Carole and I were trimming our tree when she asked if we had any Christmas music to play.  The new house doesn't have any stereo capabilities as of yet so I searched for German Christmas music on my laptop.  What came up was "Silent Night" as played on the zither.  It brought tears to my eyes and a flood of memories.  Pictured above is my father playing his  zither.  You can also see pffernusse and a ginger bread house in the background.

Every Christmas Eve, Dad would play Christmas carols but the one that had the most empathy was "Silent Night."  We would all...

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What Are You Thankful For?

November 18, 2015

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we face some disturbing news from around the globe. How do we celebrate a generally joyous holiday amongst the turmoil ? How do we put it in perspective ?

My mother-in-law was always worried about the cold war and the possibility of nuclear annihilation.  Proving that the apple does not fall far from the tree, Carole worries about the middle east, China, cyber attacks, global warming and even the Mayan calendar scare. She is afraid of a tsunami destroying Seattle.  An event such as the terrorist actions in Paris happens, and it seems to intensify her worries.

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