Help! I’m An Amazombie!

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I never planned for this. I never expected my life to veer off society’s byways into such a dead end. I never thought I’d spend my days like some kind of isolated religious aesthete observing a perverted vow of silence. But … Continue reading

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To See Or Not To See, That Is The Question

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“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.” Arthur Conan Doyle Recently David Brooks, PBS commentator and New York Times columnist, recently pontificated from his perch high atop Manhattan’s littératie ladder to posit whether “the norms that used to govern … Continue reading

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Where’s “Uncle Walter” When We Need Him?

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“If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.” Abraham Lincoln I have a very smart Seattle friend. He graduated from Columbia with a Masters in history and cum laude from Harvard … Continue reading

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A New Life In A New Land, Chapter 8 … GOODBYE MONROE, HELLO BURNABY MIRROR

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Monroe, The Calculator Company opened the door to my future. It wasn’t the future I’d dreamed of. It wasn’t even on my list of rejects. In fact it wasn’t anywhere to be found! But since chance deals the cards, we can only play them. … Continue reading

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A New Life In A New Land, Chapter 7 … IT’S SALES MAGIC!

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“The Introductory Benefit Statement works like magic!” our Monroe sales teacher told us, standing in front of us in a large classroom, as if a model fashioned in a worsted wool suit, starched white shirt, colorful silk tie and tasseled loafers. “In thirty seconds or less an … Continue reading

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Why You Shouldn’t Read This Blog …

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… but if you’re still reading this blog, allow me to explain the rude admonition above. I know some may think someone who writes about himself as often as I have lately, must be endowed with an out-sized ego. This is an especially valid … Continue reading

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A New Life In A New Land, Chapter 6 … IN SEARCH OF THE ELUSIVE I.B.S.

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Prior to attending Monroe, The Calculator Company’s sales school in East Orange, New Jersey,* I harbored doubts as to whether the life of a professional salesman would be my calling … after all, going from scruffy beat poet to suit-and-tie office machine salesman was a bit of a stretch. Following that week in the city named … Continue reading

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