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Everything Happens for a Reason

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Everything doesn’t happen for a reason. Many things happen for a reason. You improve your reading ability by reading a lot. Your piano playing keeps getting better the more you practice. Your spaghetti tastes great because you’re using a great recipe passed down from your grandmother. But what about when someone you love gets really sick? How about if someone you love dies young? Why...

Easy To Be Hard

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As I’m listening to Three Dog Night’s 1969 recording of “Easy To Be Hard” I thought of a book I read called “The Power of Nice.” The theme of the book is the art of negotiation. Written by a successful sports industry dealmaker named Ronald M. Shapiro, the subtitle is “How to Negotiate So Everyone Wins…Especially You! I don’t think it’s...

Sunny Days Ahead for the U.S. Economy

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If you’re worried about the immediate future of our economy, allow me to share the following take-away: Economic expansions don’t die of old age…they go on until something kills them. Just finished reading an opinion in the Wall Street Journal today from Alan S. Blinder. He’s a professor of economics at Princeton University. Because our current economic expansion is...

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