Where Is the Modern Coffeehouse Scene?

A Welcome Change

Ignore Your Cobra

The Safest Place

I Don’t Mean to Complain, But…

Delivery Counts

Altruism?

If You Get the Chance…

Get Uncomfortable

A Recommendation

On Choosing Oneself

A Fool and His Ears

The Work is Never Done

Path Dependence

Gimmicks

Everything Old Is New Again

Decisions

Bad Idea

The Diminutive

Totally Worth It

Where Is the Modern Coffeehouse Scene?

Where is the modern Algonquin Round Table where artists and thinkers from a variety of disciplines come together to discuss big ideas? Where are the coffeehouses of Vienna where the likes of Jung, Freud, Zweig, Klimt, Loos and Adler would get together and toss about some bon mots? Where are the non-...

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A Welcome Change

Last week President Trump signed an Executive Order allowing the sale of health insurance across state lines. This is all well and good, I thought, but how would it work mechanically? So I did some research and realized that this is change could be very exciting, especially for people who own small...

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Ignore Your Cobra

I take issue with modern psychology. Sure we want to uncover repressed issues and deal with them, but discussing a problem ad nauseam hardly seems like the path to peace of mind. After all, nothing makes a wound fester like scratching at the scab. Let’s say you bought a baby cobra (yes, a cobr...

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The Safest Place

My extended (including boyfriends) family is planning a pre-Halloween outing this Saturday in Sleepy Hollow, New York. Last year Miss Kelly and her friends stumbled upon The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, where volunteers create sea serpents, dinosaurs, a train and yes, the Headless Horseman Hims...

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I Don’t Mean to Complain, But…

This past Saturday was my 56th birthday. Not a particularly special birthday, but I had a lot of fun training to volunteer for the upcoming President’s Cup at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City. It was a golf nerd’s dream. During the course of the day, my Inbox swelled with well-w...

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Delivery Counts

I am cancelling my subscription to the Wall Street Journal, which saddens me. I once gave up the Journal because the delivery of the physical newspaper became unreliable. So I started reading it on my iPad. But the app sometimes locks me out of stories for no reason. It takes forever to download tod...

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Altruism?

Drew University last week announced that it was slashing its tuition by 20% from $48,336 this year to $38,668 next year. So what prompted this act of altruism? Economic reality. Drew, like many small private universities, has struggled to maintain enrollment while charging a higher-than-average tuit...

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If You Get the Chance…

Say a kind word. You will probably make someone’s day. You may even hear about it years later.

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Get Uncomfortable

I have done some reading lately by and about a Dutchman named Wim Hof. For years Hof, using himself as a guinea pig, has done experiments on the limits of human endurance (okay, some of them were stunts), specifically resistance to cold. Hof discovered that exposure to cold increases the number of b...

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A Recommendation

Set you DVR and record the 2003 Daredevil move starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. It is an overlooked and often maligned film but is one my favorites: the Daredevil character is compelling and the cast includes some great actors: Jon Favreau, Joe Pantoliano, Colin Farrell and (the sadly misse...

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On Choosing Oneself

The age of the internet has spawned a new way of thinking. No longer do you have to wait to be cast, signed, published or discovered. You can publish your own e-book, shoot and edit a comedy video, or perform, mix and release a bluegrass song. Probably the first person to express this sentiment was ...

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A Fool and His Ears

Listening to Spotify’s Labor Day Cookout Mix, a song by Jill Scott song came on that caught my ear. The chorus was: Living my Life like it’s stolen. Living my Life like it’s stolen. Living my Life like it’s stolen. Living my Life like it’s stolen. Wow, I thought, what a...

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The Work is Never Done

Unless you do your laundry naked, the wash is never really done. And you will be chilly.

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Path Dependence

Path Dependence is a fancy way of saying, “We have always done it this way.” It is defined by the Business Dictionary as, “Tendency of a past or traditional practice or preference to continue even if better alternatives are available.” Examples of Path Dependence include the ...

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Gimmicks

Marketing is simply a way to get attention for your business, charity or organization. A way to stand out from the crowd, to create a story that attracts customers to your door (or website). Some gimmicks are personal in nature: Slash’s top hat, Angus Young’s schoolboy outfit, Richard Si...

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Everything Old Is New Again

I recently learned of an online dating site called Bumble. Bumble bills itself as a feminist dating site, because only women can initiate a conversation. Huh, I thought, Bumble nothing new. It is an electronic Sadie Hawkins Dance.* A prize to anyone under 30 who knew what a Sadie Hawkins Dance was w...

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Decisions

Miss Karen and I have a philosophy. Decisions make themselves. When the time is right circumstances come together and – boom – the answer is right there. So gather the facts. And trust your gut.

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Bad Idea

Several websites including Google, PayPal, GoDaddy, Uber, OKCupid and Spotify have banned white supremacist groups from using their services. Clearly, no sane person supports these morons, but trying to censor them out of existence is a bad idea: It encourages their sense of martyrdom and provides a...

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The Diminutive

When I was a young professional, I was very sensitive about being called the diminutive, Bobby. Around the time I turned 50 I cared a whole lot less, because I was truly and indisputably an adult. Plus, I think I am 18.

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Totally Worth It

He is old school. His partners are old. They don’t use email. Those kind of guys. I sent my proposal. He pushed back on the fee. I stood my ground, and he agreed, but he had to convince his partners that I was totally worth it. I did my research and analysis and wrote up […]

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