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The secrets of emotional engagement

What is engagement? Better stated, how can you engage other people to become interested in you and your product or service? Dale Carnegie (“How to Win Friends and Influence People”) says by becoming interested in them. And he’s partially right.

May 13, 2015

The return of Obama's hoax-spreading bitter half

She's baaaaaaaack. And she's maaaaaad.

May 13, 2015

Nelson Mandela: A lawyer for all seasons

It’s been 25 years since Nelson Mandela walked free after 27 years of imprisonment in South Africa. Today, in San Diego, one wonders what value any writer could add to the ocean of ink spilled about Mandela down the years.

May 12, 2015

Spring, mothers and babies

Spring has arrived and the word from the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, as well as the backyard, is new babies. They are arriving one after another and they are cute. Little baby birds, big baby hippos — size does not matter. Cute is what counts.

May 12, 2015

Prime Minister Abe’s US visit focuses on California

With the conclusion of Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recent visit to Washington, the docket is full of important issues relevant to America's most crucial bilateral relationship in the Pacific Rim. The U.S.-Japan relationship, stronger than ever, is the foundation for peace and stability in East Asia.

May 11, 2015

Luggage that can tell you where it is

The Travel Goods Show, a yearly industry trade show, was held in March. It’s a showcase for new travel products and is notable for some interesting and even wacky gadgets. Over the years I’ve seen inflatable mattresses that claim to make a coach class seat as comfortable as a business class seat, fold-up blankets with anti-germ coatings, back-of-the-seat organizers, and luggage with a built-in table and chair.

May 11, 2015

Stymied House Demos may give state a real Senate race

Democrats in Congress will never say so publicly, but they know they have little or no hope of taking back control of the House of Representatives until 2022 at the earliest.

May 11, 2015

Job search advice for all ages

I read an article recently about the University of San Diego’s highly successful men’s tennis team. Speaking about the need to keep his charges focused, team coach Brett Masi was quoted as saying, “I stay on them. As hard as it is to win, it’s a lot easier to lose if you have the wrong mentality.”

May 8, 2015

Sigh, Zion!

Cheri and I have been looking forward to this trip to Zion National Park for a few years. Finally put the ingredients together to make it happen.

May 8, 2015
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