Cashing Out

I was thinking of the following riddle the other day: Question: What do you call it when you die pennyless? Answer: Good timing This also remined me of the February anniversary of my fathers death some years ago when he died basically of old age at 93. He had a good life, survived WW2, workedContinue reading “Cashing Out”

Advice for my kids (and who ever else listens)

As I enter the 4th quarter of this game of life and my kids are in their 20’s heading for the 30 yard line on the football field of life, I jotted down the following reflections/recommendations to consider: Cars/Vehicles (motorcycles, etc.) Hold off on buying (aka financing $$$) them as long as you can. AndContinue reading “Advice for my kids (and who ever else listens)”

Write a biography for those we do not understand or do not like

While listening to a fascinating interview of author and biographer Richard Norton Smith describe how he discovered what really “made some famous persons tick”, it occurred to me that the act of writing a biography could go a long way to understanding someone else’s essence. Only when we know all the intimate details of theContinue reading “Write a biography for those we do not understand or do not like”

I’m hurting, angry AND I’m a patriot!

With the passing of the anniversary of the 2021 insurrection (riot or whatever you want to call it) at the U.S. Capitol, I wanted to draw a comparison of myself and those who participated that day. My characteristics, my circumstances: I’m facing over 25 years of college loan payments. I will probably be dead longContinue reading “I’m hurting, angry AND I’m a patriot!”

Why do we hate each other so?

We connect on so may levels, enjoying laughs, sharing stories. I tell my mall stories based on 15 years as a mall cop Neighborhood pals, high school and college buddies share hilarious tales and hijinks. Every conversation starts with the phrase “remember the time when”. We end up toasting to good times and pledging toContinue reading “Why do we hate each other so?”

Children Lost In The Mall

This is NOT a story about a mother who lost her toddlers in the food court. This IS the true story of 5 youngsters who lost their moral compass, rampaged thru a mall on the day after Christmas (aka, National Mall Riot Day), got arrested for disorderly conduct and one of them threw a punchContinue reading “Children Lost In The Mall”

Cops in the future

What shall be the role of cops in the future? Who will want to be a cop in the future? Who would we want to be a cop in the future Full disclosure: Being Irish-American, I come from a long line of cops including my father and numerous uncles and great-uncles. Growing up I plannedContinue reading “Cops in the future”

How “tough-love” Democrats can recapture voters

I describe myself as a tough-love Democrat. Tough because I seek fiscal austerity, consequences for wrong doing (do the crime, do the time), and efficiency in program implementation (cut out the waste) Love because I want everybody to be fed so they don’t starve, clothed so they don’t freeze, patched up when they get sickContinue reading “How “tough-love” Democrats can recapture voters”

Speaking & Listening In The Age of Sound Bites

Originally posted on Dunn Writes Well:
The growing number of outlandish conspiracy theories and factual inaccuracies (aka fake news) prompted me to list some responses that I present for consideration and further discussion. I propose a multi-tier level of responses ranging from conciliatory to debatable to “oh hell no, that’s crazy talk”. Conciliatory and empathetic:…

Speaking & Listening In The Age of Sound Bites

The growing number of outlandish conspiracy theories and factual inaccuracies (aka fake news) prompted me to list some responses that I present for consideration and further discussion. I propose a multi-tier level of responses ranging from conciliatory to debatable to “oh hell no, that’s crazy talk”. Conciliatory and empathetic: “You sound like you have aContinue reading “Speaking & Listening In The Age of Sound Bites”