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Things We Lost in the Bubble

“He believed in character; he wanted to jump back a whole generation and trust in character again as the eternally valuable element. Everything else wore out.” — Babylon Revisited, F. Scott Fitzgerald

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What’s Next, the “Ebola Sinkhole” Indicator?

“I am not a gloomy man by nature, nor am I easily depressed. I always say that, no matter how much it looks as if the sun were never going to stop shining and no matter how long the birds carry on their seemingly incessant chatter, there is always a good sleet storm just around the corner and a sniffly head cold in store for those who will only look for it. You can’t keep Old Stepmother Nature down for long.” — Robert Benchley, The Sunday Menace

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Famous Bob, Unknown Norm

Norm and Bob died last year. Bob was famous, while Norm was inexplicably obscure. They were similar in that they both accomplished a lot, but dissimilar in their approaches to life.

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Fear is Good

The point is, ladies and gentlemen, that fear, for lack of a better word, is good. Fear is right, fear works. Fear clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Fear, in all of its forms…has marked the upward surge of mankind.

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Human, All Too Human

“Why can’t somebody give us a list of things that everybody thinks and nobody says, and another list of things that everybody says and nobody thinks?” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Talking and Walking

Rotating your tires, exercising vigorously, flossing, drinking eight glasses of water, not drinking eight glasses of wine….

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Groundhog Day

Dow 10,000 – haven’t we been here before? In the 1993 movie Groundhog Day, Phil Connors, an obnoxious, egotistical weatherman (played by Bill Murray), is condemned to live the same day, Groundhog Day, repeatedly.

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The Sustainable Portfolio

“Sustainability” is a popular word these days, and the beginning of the year is a good time to contemplate the application of the concept to your portfolio.

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