In his book entitled “Love, Medicine, & Miracles” Dr. Bernie S. Siegel, M.D. wrote: “Unfortunately most of us must suffer before we can be transformed.  My wife, Bobbie, and I were sitting in the kitchen when the garbage disposal jammed.  I said, “what shall I do ?”  She said, “Just push the reset button.” So I went to God and asked, “If you’re such a great creator, why didn’t you give us a reset button?”  God

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I had a couple of show business memoirs on my 2011 reading list. One was Growing Up Laughing: My Story and The Story of Funny by Marlo Thomas, her remembrances of growing up in show business, mostly as the daughter of the great comic and actor Danny Thomas. The other book is by my idol, Dick Van Dyke, titled My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business. I have been more influenced by professional

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Fatigue Leads to Safety Issues

Posted by Bryan Fass on January 01, 2000
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Category : Blog, Health, Wellness

A recent study by UPMC concluded that fatigue increases the risk of safety issues. Decision making, concentration and errors were significantly higher when fatigued. This costs employers money and inhibits productivity.

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Not long ago the heart was believed to be merely a muscle that received deoxygenated blood and pumped out oxygenated blood (liquid tissue) through the body. As a pastoral counselor I have many opportunities to talk about the ‘heart’ in a spiritual capacity.  In fact, the Greek word for ‘heart’ is kardia.  This word refers to the soul of an individual which is comprised of the will, conscience, intellect, and the emotions. Recent research in

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The physician-theologian Luke recorded a very extraordinary narrative in chapter 13:10-13 of his Gospel document.  The narrative report begins by stating that Jesus had been teaching in a synagogue on a Sabbath day.  It was both his custom, and practice to teach on the Sabbath day. Luke records that while Jesus was teaching, a woman appeared in the synagogue who had a very interesting  medico-spiritual condition.  She had a Spirit of infirmity (weakness) that had

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The evening sunsets on the Aegean Sea were always wonderful experiences.  They always took on a greater importance after John and I had long discussions about what he should write to the adelphoi (brothers and sisters) in Asia Minor who were being challenged by certain teachings. Our discussions of grammer, syntax, theology and precise written expression at times left me mentally and emotionally drained.  Sometimes after long hours of work I would tell John that

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Worshipping High Profit Margins—When you try to maximize your profit margins you will also maximize your competition. Instead of focusing on profit margins, focus instead of increasing your Free Cash Flow (FCC). This is defined as income from operations minus capital expenditures. Use FCC to obtain market share. Financially Starving the Opportunities & Feeding the Problems—we are all victims of inertia. Old problems keep you stagnant whereas new opportunities are potentials for growth and can

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There is a revival of interest in Bernie Madoff now that the eminent TV program 60 Minutes profiled his family (Oct. 30, 2011). It is a reminder to us all about the value of reputation. I give a speech on branding. I ask my audience if they could imagine the image that their own name would conjure. I then list the following names and show their pictures: Mohandas Gandhi Mother Theresa Martin Luther King Hitler!

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The surest thing about a sure thing is that there is no such thing as a sure thing. When the sure thing turns doubtful, the damage done by a trend reversal is extensive.  Just think about the U.S. housing market.  People always thought that housing prices have only one direction and that was up.  Surprise! There can be no such thing as a sure thing because all movement in life is turbulent.  Turbulent flow has

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Wisdom and Celebrities

Posted by temp-admin on January 01, 2000
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Category : Blog, Wisdom and Common sense

Those who manage events which include celebrities, those who manage entities which employ celebrities, those who are agents for celebrities, and the celebrities themselves, all need to use wisdom and common sense as their guides in situations involving celebrities. Sometimes it doesn’t seem that the combination of large amounts of money and the use of wisdom and common sense go hand in glove as they always should. The behavior of event managers when making decisions

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