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Eliot Daley
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My career spans multiple causes and enterprises. Early in my career I taught and counseled at both the high school and college levels, was a chaplain (Middlebury College) and a parish minister, and early student of the social impact of TV. This led to my association with Fred Rogers, where I served as President of the “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” organization and wrote many scripts for the program in its early years.

Subsequently, I founded or co-founded several consulting companies. The first of these provided counsel to philanthropists, foundations and major corporations like AT&T to optimize their charitable contributions. Another of my companies developed long-range strategy for health care organizations including Mayo Clinic and Johnson & Johnson. Later, I was a leader in several medical technology companies, from which pursuits I retired to devote myself to full-time writing.

I am the author of Father Feelings (William Morrow and Pocketbooks), Sick and Tired of Being Fat (HarperCollins and Hazelden), numerous articles and Op-Eds and letters to the Editor. I have completed manuscripts for two more books, Taking Your Lumps (a lessons-learned-in-business memoir) and Formerly Called Retirement (reflections on the transition to a world beyond the realm of employment). Much of my work can be found on my website "Out of My Mind" (www.eliotdaley.com).

I hold the A.B. and M.A. degrees in the social sciences and education, respectively, from California State University at Fresno and the B.D. degree in theology from San Francisco Theological Seminary (Presbyterian Church USA). I am married to the Rev. Patricia Daley, and we are the parents of three adult children. In addition to spending time with my family and other friends, my personal delights include tennis, sailing, golf, travel, theater, music, books, auto racing, fireworks, worship, kite-flying, writing, singing, and daydreaming.

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Donald Trump: High Priest and Heretic

(8) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 8:57 AM

I was still early in my rookie year as a parish minister when I discovered people's powerful urge for a priest who could heal them with a simple gesture. Shirley (not her real name) was a well-respected middle-aged woman in the congregation who asked for an appointment to see me...

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Republican Elephant Morphs Into Sheep

(1) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 5:40 PM

The time has come. The Republican party should make it official: their new mascot, the new symbol of what they stand for, is now the sheep, not the elephant. Should there be any doubt, Google the word "sheep" and see what pops right up: "proverbial for its tendency to follow...

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Campus Incubators of Prejudice

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 6:07 PM

I didn't realize that racism was formally enshrined in my college fraternity (Kappa Sigma, at Fresno State College) until the day in 1955 when I discovered it also honored anti-Semitism.

One of my best friends from high school entered FSC a year behind me and wanted to join our fraternity....

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How Long Will New Jersey Remain the 'Garden' State?

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 5:14 PM

Those who only pass through New Jersey may wonder why we residents would ever call it The Garden State. Our daughter learned this while introducing herself at a gathering of fellow freshmen at college; when she said she was from New Jersey, a snide questioner replied, "New Jersey, eh? What...

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Humpty Dumpty Meets Le Droit du Seigneur

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 4:25 PM

The Supreme Court is now on the brink of a trifecta that will doom all corporate employees to a healthcare-version of le droit du seigneur, the medieval privilege of the employer to deflower an employee's bride.

The "Citizens United" ruling that a "corporation" is a "person" entitled to any person's...

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Death by Chocolate: The Tragedy, Not the Dessert

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 12:48 PM

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You know the scene: the cheery holiday house decorated with lights and greenery and candies and candles and people -- our house filled to overflowing this week with all three of our adult children, their spouses, their children, and their dogs. Four small...

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Putting the "F" Word in Its Place

(38) Comments | Posted November 28, 2013 | 5:43 PM

I've come to the conclusion that, with few exceptions, stand-up comics who use the "F" word are simply lazy and untalented.

I don't reach that conclusion as a prude from whose lips the word has never flown, and I'll go on to describe some pretty good occasions to use it....

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On the Other Hand, That $100M Could...

(10) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 3:40 PM

Hey, I'm all in favor of helping fellow human beings in distress, but...

But? There's a "but"?

Yep. Here's the thing. When I was studying theology in a seminary many years ago, one professor reflected on the well-known biblical story of "The Good Samaritan." In it, a Samaritan traveler comes...

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Who Can Best Fake Fred Rogers' Sincerity?

(4) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 3:49 PM

With the recent announcement of "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood", an impending biopic on Fred Rogers, the Internet lit up with suggestions of what actor might play him in the film. It would be dangerously easy to underestimate this casting challenge, given how often and effortlessly entertainers have done...

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Pressure Cookers Kill Political Courage, Too

(2) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 12:05 PM

However tragic the effects of a pressure cooker filled with explosive powder and shrapnel, there is a worse way to use one: cook elected officials to death. That's the effect of the gun-lobby pressure cooker where they turn up the heat until members of Congress wilt into spineless mush.

I...

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How to Wreck an Opera-goer's Experience

(7) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 11:11 AM

You have to figure that when a composer requests that you not applaud his creation, there's probably a reason that has nothing to do with humility. That is why my maiden voyage to the Metropolitan Opera's cinematic display of live performances in local theaters was at once thrilling and dismaying....

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The Keystone Hypodermic: One Last Fix?

(9) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 8:02 PM

With publications as influential and far-flung as The Washington Post, The San Diego Union-Tribune and Nature magazine all having nice things to say about approval for the Keystone pipeline, who am I to offer a contrary perspective? Well, I'll tell you: I am a recovering addict, and that makes me...

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Chicken Little Was Right: Skyfall Falls With a Thud

(24) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 3:48 PM

Note this piece contains spoilers. Do not read on if you have not yet seen "Skyfall."

Thanks to a friend who is a judge for the Oscars, we sat by the fireside last night and watched a judges' DVD edition of Skyfall, the latest of the long-running James Bond...

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Discovering Why Mitt Romney Lies So Much

(29) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 11:33 PM

Mitt. Oh, Mitt. Whatever became of you, anyhow? How did you go from being the guy I voted for as governor of Massachusetts to a guy who is this unrepentant and embarrassing liar? I just feel so sad to see a once-decent fellow prostitute himself so blatantly at every turn,...

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Romney Re-Floats the Swift Boat

(1) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 8:50 AM

With his blatantly dishonest "Jeep" ad accusing President Obama of ruining the American auto industry, Governor Romney has pulled out the last desperate arrow in his quiver: the Swift-Boat tactic.

You will recall that during the 2004 presidential campaign, a group of President Bush supporters calling themselves "Swift Boat Veterans...

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You Probably Missed the Obama/Romney Debates

(1) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 7:52 AM

While an impressive-sounding 70 million Americans viewed the presidential debates on TV, that means twice as many registered voters (137,000,000) did NOT see the debates. As a public service to them, I present below my summary of what they missed.

The Middle Class

Romney:
"I'm severely devoted...

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Governor Romney Channels Prof. Harold Hill

(8) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 4:46 PM

Okay, so here's a really painless way to understand what Governor Romney is up to. Just get your hands on a DVD of The Music Man and settle back for an entertaining lesson in flimflamming the rubes.

Right at the outset of the film, as not-really-"Professor" Harold Hill -- huckster...

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Obama to Romney: A Nation Is Not Like a Company

(37) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 9:40 AM

Smooth-talking, good-looking Mitt Romney made a forceful depiction of both the failure of President Obama to keep Candidate Obama's promises to improve the economy, and of his own presumed knowledge of how to create jobs that will heal our economy. Left unchallenged, the apparent validity of these two assertions may...

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Voter Suppression Is Treason

(115) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 5:00 PM

Voter suppression is treason.

Yes, that's what I said: treason.

I know that is an extreme word. There are few words in the English language uglier than "treason." It strikes at the gut, triggers a shiver of revulsion, prompts incredulity. How could any American really commit treason?

But then we...

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Redefine Marriage? Well, Certainly!

(39) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 11:10 AM

When the framers of our Constitution defined "voter," here is what they prescribed: white male property owners.

Oops. Guess that leaves out a lot of the people you know and love, right?

So over time, we wised up as a country and began to evolve that definition. It took...

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