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Listen So People Want to Talk

In January, we shook the dust off our feet from 2020, we remembered Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and we saw the United States welcome a new president.  Now, as we look forward into our future, we’re trying to live up to our name; the United States of America.  Dr. King dreamt of it,…
Philip Martin
January 22, 2021
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What’s in Your Heart?

Scrooge is a cold and harsh man, and his heart only warms seeing his distant memories, and bleak future.  The Grinch is… well… a Grinch until he discovers the spirit of Christmas, and his heart grows three sizes!  Science has taught us that the heart is an organ that runs…
Philip Martin
December 5, 2020
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6 Ways to Keep It Together

When we started this pandemic interregnum we hoarded food, invested in canned goods, and stockpiled toilet paper.  We queued Netflix and found a couple good books, ready for a long “winter’s night.”  Little did we know it was going to turn into an arctic night.  We set up home offices,…
Philip Martin
November 5, 2020
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6 Tips for Improving Your Focus

The year was 1976.  One young actor was about to bring things to a crashing halt.  The Pioneer Memorial Theater was filled to the brim for a production of the show Kismet.  As Warzir sang his song “Was I Wazir?” the young actor behind him let his mind wander.  He had…
Philip Martin
October 12, 2020
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Limited Skill Isn’t a Liability

“Irving Berlin has no place in American music. He is American music.” - Jerome Kern September 22 marks the death of one of the most influential composers in the history of American Music: Irving Berlin.  In the first half of the 1900s, Berlin was able to capture America’s burgeoning energy…
Philip Martin
September 24, 2020
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Opportunity in Restriction

Hollywood gave into pressure and agreed to censor what they would show in motion pictures.  In the 1930s the Catholic Church saw itself as a moral compass and presented Hollywood with the Production Code, a document with drastic restrictions for movie production.  They said ‘it’s my way or the highway’…
Philip Martin
September 10, 2020
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Being Grateful and Making it a Habit

Captains log: quarantine date 156.  In facing monotony and the mundane, I am grateful.  No I haven’t rewatched the entire original Star Trek series… but by now I could have!  I have, though, ventured out of my house with my colorful personalized PPE, and driven past my favorite restaurant, drooling…
Philip Martin
August 28, 2020