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Bob Dickman

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The Tale That Launched a Thousand Ships

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2010 | 4:00 PM

I've just returned from visiting some friends of mine in Maui. They told me an amazing story.

In March 2002, an oil tanker caught fire eight hundred miles off the Hawaiian coast. The blaze moved so quickly that the captain didn't have time to radio for help. Fortunately an American...

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Fire in the Belly: Lessons From a Caffeine Pusher

(4) Comments | Posted July 6, 2010 | 11:37 AM

The oil spill in the Gulf is a tragedy; so too the continuing implosion of the world economy; and of course the Catholic Church's ongoing sex scandal and attempted cover-up. These are misfortunes of numbing scale, things whose only "silver lining" may be as metaphors, or object lessons for the...

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Developing Super Powers

(8) Comments | Posted April 22, 2010 | 11:40 AM

We all crave secret powers. As kids we image we can leap over buildings or stop moving trains with a single raised hand or become invisible when danger lurks near-by. These are the magical powers of Super-Heros. Although we may crave them as children, we now know that they exist...

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Franz vs. The Ripper

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2010 | 11:18 AM

The first time I saw Franz he was huddled in a corner of his office. He was a big man dressed in an expensive Armani suit. His long blond hair was pulled back into a ponytail. His face was downcast. He seemed to be looking at his flashy hand made...

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Dad's Soft Death: A Hard Lesson Learned

(3) Comments | Posted March 15, 2010 | 2:55 PM

My Dad had a soft death. He died in his own bed. He just sort of came easily undone. He was surrounded by his wife and friends. His physician was Dr. Bart, a neighbor who lived across the street. He would stop by every day after work to see how...

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