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Ayn Rand or Anu Partanen: Who Should We Follow?

Posted by on Jan 25, 2021 in BLOG

Opinion – Longboat Observer, January 21, 2021   At the close of each year, Observer Media Group’s Editor and CEO, Matt Walsh, shares with his readers the single word or phrase he finds most important for the year ahead. Walsh has chosen ANTHEM which is the title of Ayn Rand’s 1937 novel as our North Star for 2021. He writes: “That word symbolizes what has been and what is occurring in the U.S., and it stands as a word of warning, especially to those who truly cherish the idea of liberty and who reject the idea of being subservient to the state and those who wield its power.” He highlights this particular Ayn Rand quote: “America’s abundance was not created by public sacrifices to ‘the common good’ but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own...

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Georgia On My Mind – Are There Sunnier Days Ahead?

Posted by on Jan 7, 2021 in BLOG

Roger Ralph – January 5, 2021   I wrote this very early in the morning on the same day that Georgians will vote for two Senators. We do not know- or at least I don’t- whether at the end of the day or perhaps even the next- who will win. Will it be one or both of the Republicans candidates Kelly Loeffler (50) or David Perdue (70) or the Democrat’s candidates Jon Ossoff (33) and Rev. Raphael Warnock (51)? If one* of the Democrats win the Democrats will control the Senate. not KY Senator Mitch McConnell (78) will. We already know the Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, (80) will control the House. (1/6/21-I was wrong, 2 needed). I have consciously cited the incumbents and their opponents ages. Positive change is driven by the young. Regardless of your party it is obvious...

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Embracing Our Differences & the Coronavirus

Posted by on Apr 21, 2020 in BLOG

In these times especially, the opportunity to see something truly original, consciously inclusive, and obviously impactful is tremendously up-lifting. Embracing our Differences is an organization founded by two modest and humble Sarasota philantrophists, Dennis and Grace McGillicuddy. Pictured above is one of the fifty 16 feet wide by 12.5 feet high billboards I saw in Sarasota, Florida’s beautiful Bayfront Park in late March before driving to Md. Remarkably, since 2004 nearly 3 million have toured this annual event including 218,000 last year. For the 2020 exhibit there were 16,000 submissions, from 127 countries, 389 schools, and all fifty states. I don’t know but I imagine this result might have started years ago as a husband/wife conversation coffee cups in hand between two good hearted and capable people at a kitchen table.*. Just now, as I am writing this, I...

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Gallup StrengthFinders

Posted by on Nov 7, 2019 in BLOG

Have you ever had that out of the blue experience where spontaneously you start thinking about something complex and suddenly a light bulb goes off. For whatever reason, you see the same thing but in a different way and you begin making connections you had never done before. Personally, I have a better grasp of this today having recently spent some time revisiting Gallup’s StrengthsFinders work in more depth. Gallup’s decades of research about a persons’ innate talents has resulted in a useful personal assessment tool that identifies 34 distinct themes/ talents The odds of someone else sharing your top five themes in the identical order according to Gallup is one in 288,000. For each theme Gallup provides a vivid description as well as related “Ideas for Action”. In 2004 they branded their core assessment instrument already used by...

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Which Way for the Soul of America? – November 2018

Posted by on Nov 23, 2018 in BLOG

November 3, 2018…….and 72 hours before a midterm election that is likely to be remembered months, years, and perhaps decades ahead. Most pundits are saying that the Democrats are likely to regain control of the House. I don’t know about this. I only know that more than any time in my adult life I’ve paid attention daily to the utterances and actions of our President. Trump would dismiss me as a consumer of “fake news” too “elite” to appreciate the great things he has accomplished in just two years in office: the US economy is booming reflected in a 3.7% unemployment rate, real wages have started to rise for the first time in years, Mexico and Canada as trading partners are treating the US more fairly and he will see that China does too. In truth, Trump lies so...

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Mid Atlantic Club Management Association Celebrates 30 Years

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in BLOG

Mid Atlantic Club Management Association Celebrates 30 Years Mitch Wald and I co-founded MACMA in 1986. Delighted it’s still going strong. Below is their most recent...

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