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Eliot Daley
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" (

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.

Entries by Eliot Daley

Could a Republican Ever Vote For Hillary Clinton?

(3) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 6:00 PM

My dear Republican friends,

As a lifelong Democrat whose mother was a perennial superdelegate, it hasn't been easy for me to support and vote for Republicans.  But on occasion, it has simply been the right thing to do.  Now it's time for you to return the favor.

I know from...

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"Walk It Back" to Where?

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2016 | 9:50 PM

Scarcely making eye contact with the interviewer or the camera, most Republican leaders squirmed and mumbled and looked longingly for an exit. Sure, they said, he made a disgusting racist statement, but...but...but...I don't think Mr. Trump is a racist. And I do wish he would walk it back.


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Late to the Party

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 6:07 PM

Dear Senator Sanders,

I wish you had known my mother, Nan Daley. If she were still alive, she'd have been one of the Democratic superdelegates you're now lamenting are committed to Hillary Clinton. She was one for JFK in Los Angeles in 1960, and would have been one for RFK...

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Voters' Anger? Kubler-Ross Spells It Out

(6) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 11:05 AM

The much-ballyhooed "anger" of primary voters who cheer Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders is not just the usual election-season revival of contempt for the powers-that-be. Their anger reflects an understanding that they are done for.

Many in those raucous crowds know that the America they expected to provide them...

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Syrian Refugees Test Our Faith

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 5:15 PM

Like almost everyone I have talked to, I am embarrassed that the richest country in the world has now graciously decided to allow a paltry 10,000 of the world's most desperate refugees onto our shores. To put this in perspective, Germany--a country smaller than California and one quarter our size...

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Donald Trump: High Priest and Heretic

(9) 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

(2) 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


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.


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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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