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Dennis Merritt Jones

A LESSON FROM MY DOG: Are You a Taker or a Receiver?

Dennis Merritt Jones | September 25, 2016 | GPS for the Soul
"Gracious acceptance is an art -- an art which most never bother to cultivate. We think that we have to learn how to give, but we forget about accepting things, which can be much harder than giving...Accepting another person's gift is...
Marc Hershon

Soundcast Reviews: Gosh Darn Fiasco & Fitzdog Radio

Marc Hershon | September 25, 2016 | Entertainment
Gosh Darn Fiasco Epi14: The Zoo If you enjoy soundcasts about role playing games, you should check out Gosh Darn Fiasco. If you're a fan of soundcasts featuring improv, you should check out Gosh Darn Fiasco. The show is based...
Magda Abu-Fadil

Will Automation Upend Journalism?

Magda Abu-Fadil | September 25, 2016 | Media
Talk of automation is making the rounds again and unless newsrooms retool, adapt, and media organizations train journalists to cope with it, more staffers risk becoming redundant. The Online News Association's (ONA) annual conference in Denver, Colorado this month featured speakers like futurist Amy Webb who reminded us...
Keith Thomson

How Candidates Can Use Spy Tech to Cheat During Presidential Debates

Keith Thomson | September 25, 2016 | Politics
Remember this? During the January 2008 Republican presidential debate in Boca Raton, MSNBC moderator Tim Russert asked Mitt Romney, "Will you do for Social Security what Ronald Reagan did in 1983?" A disembodied whisper of "He raised taxes" followed. Romney appeared to take note before answering Russert, "I'm...
Cathy L. Mason

The Absence Of Wonder

Cathy L. Mason | September 25, 2016 | Fifty
Our home was a literate and musical one, with little television or radio. This was the key to my motivation to explore the world through books.
Steven Abernathy

Could Shareholder Activism Solve The Woes Of Today's Dwindling Defined Benefit Plans?

Steven Abernathy | September 25, 2016 | Fifty
Retirement isn't what it used to be. Defined benefit plans, formerly a way for employees to have a relatively comfortable retirement, haven't yielded the healthy returns of years past.
Diana M. Raab

Holding Back On Suicide

Diana M. Raab | September 25, 2016 | Fifty
Many people view suicide as a selfish act and I can see that. I've been married 39 years, am a mother of three and grandmother of two. We're a close knit family and I'm sure my death would have a huge impact on my loved ones.
John C. Wathey

What Should Replace the Republican Party?

John C. Wathey | September 25, 2016 | Politics
A Party Lobotomized Once the venerable party of Lincoln, the Republicans split off from the Whigs in 1854 to oppose slavery, and for a century stood for fiscal restraint, free enterprise and principled conservatism....
Ryan Hampton

The First-Ever Facebook Live From Jail Had A Life-Saving Message

Ryan Hampton | September 25, 2016 | Politics
The Facebook Live post that should change the way America has been addressing the intersection of the addiction crisis and criminal justice reform. This past week was the very first Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, designated by President Obama in a signed proclamation....
Richard J. Rosendall

Trump The Arsonist Plays Firefighter

Richard J. Rosendall | September 24, 2016 | Politics
Electing a president whom Colin Powell calls "an international pariah" might please those who like nothing better than "sticking it" to friends and enemies alike. Shall America model itself on Trump by being pathologically thin-skinned, stiffing our creditors, and evading responsibility? With such a leader, who needs enemies?
Jonathan Walton

When I Hear the National Anthem, I Will Kneel and Bow My Head

Jonathan Walton | September 24, 2016 | Religion
In 2008, I felt like an american for the first time because I saw a leader who looked like me. All my life I hoped my education and accomplishments would free me from the history of my skin color as inherently inferior and intimidating - it never did.
Rachel Hawkins

Is Marriage The Kiss Of Death?

Rachel Hawkins | September 24, 2016 | Entertainment
Now, before I begin, I can't use personal experience with this because I have never been married myself. I'm engaged; not to be married, as previously written. With my only experience of all things matrimonial being 2 cancelled weddings and many a time resuming the role of drunken wedding guest.
Lisa Cox

A Good News Story About 'Imperfect' Pregnancy

Lisa Cox | September 24, 2016 | Women
Those little flutters in a pregnant woman's stomach aren't always just the baby kicking. They're also a mocktail of excitement, joy and plenty of nervous energy. Have you felt them before?
Aimee Atkinson

On Me

Aimee Atkinson | September 24, 2016 | Parents
I politely weave through the throng of emotional moms dropping off their kids for the first time as I desperately try to catch up with my youngest son, who is happily walking hand-in-hand with his friend down the hall to their classroom.
Advertising Week

Video Platform Maturity & How the Tech Titans Are Shaping Up

Advertising Week | September 24, 2016 | Business
Brian Shin, Founder & CEO, Visible Measures The prevalence of video as a source of entertainment, news and communication in today’s world is undeniable. In fact, one third of all online activity is spent watching videos. So naturally, YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram...
Advertising Week

It's Advertising Week o'clock: Do You Know Where Your Brands Are?

Advertising Week | September 24, 2016 | Business
Grapeshot Just as strict parents do children, brands have a tendency to hinder ad in fear of a dreadful outcome. Brands still want assurance that their messages are delivered and received by engaged consumers in a safe space. It’s 2016 and potential danger...
Advertising Week

The Struggle is Real-Time for TV Networks

Advertising Week | September 24, 2016 | Business
Matt Naeger, SVP, Client Partner, Merkle & Andy Fisher, Chief Analytics Officer, Merkle TV Networks have been at a marketing disadvantage for decades compared to other industries. The digital world has brought about the ability for brands in retail, financial services,...
Galina Nemirovsky

Backpacking Through Europe in the 1990s

Galina Nemirovsky | September 24, 2016 | Travel
Before TripAdvisor and Yelp, before cell phones and before 9/11, I had Let's Go Europe, an oversized bright yellow softcover book which served as our travel bible. In the summer of 1998, my boyfriend at the time and I backpacked through Europe. Completely contradictory to my naturally controlling...
Advertising Week

Digital Video is Killing TV? Six Reasons That's Crazy Talk

Advertising Week | September 24, 2016 | Business
Mickey Wilson, Chief Marketing Officer, WideOrbit It’s no secret that video has become pretty much a default go-to element for consumer campaigns. Brands that as recently as a few years ago would never have dreamt of producing high-quality 15- and 30-second spots are...
Jackie K. Cooper

Washington and Pratt Show True Grit in "The Magnificent Seven"

Jackie K. Cooper | September 24, 2016 | Entertainment
Movie Review - Jackie K Cooper "The Magnificent Seven" (MGM/Columbia) It has been fifty-six years since Yul Brynner played the man in black in "The Magnificent Seven". That movie co-starred Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and James Coburn among others. It was an Americanized version of Akira Kurosawa's classic film...