Monthly Archives: September 2011

Is this Heaven?

In the movie Field of Dreams, the hero’s dead father appears on a baseball diamond in a cornfield and asks, “Is this heaven?” The hero of the movie (Kevin Costner) answers, “No, it’s Iowa.” Now that’s funny. It’s funny because … Continue reading

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And the Kitchen Sink

A lot is happening in our little corner of the Secretary of State’s world. Lori Hamm won the Governor’s award for outstanding employee in the Secretary of State’s Office. Except for creating an online training program for notaries that is … Continue reading

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Friday Good News — September 16, 2011 — I Resent That

There are days when I despair about the level of public discourse in the country. I’m not just talking about the Tea Party, whose supporters waved signs at early rallies that compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, the … Continue reading

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Friday Good News — September 9, 2011 — Back to the Luddites

My son-in-law’s parents, Eric and Patricia Haines, recognized that I am running out of Friday Good News topics, so they kindly sent me a book of aphorisms, The Bed of Procrustes, by Nassam Nicholas Taleb. Taleb is the guy who … Continue reading

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Friday Good News — September 2, 2011 — Telelife

When it comes to communications technology, I am not a Luddite (a member of the bands of English workers in 1811-1816 who destroyed machinery in cotton and woolen mills because of the threat to their jobs; now used of any … Continue reading

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