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OEsheepdog

OEsheepdog
Location
From the Forest to the Shore, Connecticut, USA
Birthday
March 12
Title
Director of Change
Company
An unnamed non-profit health care provider
Bio
Change is good...that's what I keep telling my colleagues. It's difficult and hard. It's challenging and rewarding. It's fraught with peril. It needs to be done...yesterday!

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SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 12:16PM

Reposting from 2010

From September 2010:

Ask anyone on September 10, 2001 from what city a terror attack would launched, and Portland, Maine probably wouldn't be on their list.

However, that evening at 5:43 p.m., Mohammed Atta and Abdulaziz al-Omari checked

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This is continuing series of memories of growing up in a time where kids could play in a park unsupervised, and parents weren't incarcerated for doing so.

Sledding hill at Dawn

Inwood Hill Park Sledding Hill at Dawn 

Photo by John Keefe WNYC.org 2011

Winter

When you saw a new one,… Read full post »

Once upon a time we lived in a world where children could go to the park without supervision and parents were not arrested for child abandonment. Let me share a few memories. This the first in a series of four stories

Inwood Hill Park  

Inwood Hill Park courtesy… Read full post »

 I originally posted this in 2010. Today is holocaust rememberance day 2014. I think it is important to never forget

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Prague as viewed from the Castle in April 2005

Our MBA class traveled to the Czech Republic in 2005 for our international residency. We were… Read full post »

JANUARY 2, 2014 1:08PM

Winters Present and Past

Another winter storm is headed this way. I look out the living room window and view the lake across the street. An oak tree hangs on to its leaves while the other trees in the yard have long lost theirs. My home sits atop a hill and the long sloping frontRead full post »

DECEMBER 27, 2013 9:33PM

Bold Predictions for 2014

A Happy New Year to you. I seemed to have avoided blogging in 2o13, probably because I didn't have much to say. I've thought about all that has happened in the last 12 months, and will weigh in on predicting the future.

Chris Christie's reputation will be irreparably damaged by… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 21, 2013 8:39PM

Two score and ten years ago

It was a cold gray, raw day. In the schoolyard, large cinders swirled in eddies of wind. Those cinders blew over from the Department of Sanitation incinerators on 215th street. When my second grade class let out, we walked and ran through the yard, and up 211th street to Broadway.… Read full post »

JULY 24, 2013 9:33PM

An EP for Sirenita Lake

How many times do we think about life?

How many times do we think about death? Or talk about it?

Blogging has always felt like I have opened the top of my head and allowed others a peek inside. Generally I wouldn't invite anyone to see the inside of my skull. It's… Read full post »

Minneapolis, MN -- (UPI)

The President of the National Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers came out against regulation and registration of the purchase of  pressure cookers in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings last Monday.

Jake Maguire, President of  NAHAM said, "We don't wan… Read full post »

In 1983, I was in a conference room in the newly completed Administration Building of the Seabrook Station nuclear power plant. In that meeting was a representative of the FBI, and one from the ATF division of the U.S. Treasury department.

As part of the security force in place for… Read full post »

There's been a lot in the media recently about the day an NFL football player comes out as gay.  NFL Punter Chris Kluwe and Linebacker Brandon Ayanbadejo have been speaking out on behalf of Same Sex Marriage and this week have talked about players coming out.

Ayanbadejo has said in the… Read full post »

I guess it's time to name names. I've been here for over four years.  A lot of talented people have posted on this site. It's time to give them their due.

But first, it's entirely possible that your name will not appear below. I have to say this. You didn't… Read full post »

I must have been eighteen the first time this had happened to me. She was in my communications class.  She chose me for an assignment on non-verbal communication. We had to spend time together for four hours and we could only communicate non-verbally.

It started as a flirtatious walk in… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 28, 2013 8:33AM

Yahoo! I get to work in an "Office"

Let’s start with a thought experiment. Imagine all CEOs of publically held companies are sociopaths. Their purpose for being is self reward. Yeah, they have to meet the financial goals set by the street and genuflect occasionally on the quarterly call with analysts, but their board is made of tRead full post »

FEBRUARY 24, 2013 6:31PM

Worshipping the porcelain deity.

I was going to title this "I left my barf in San Francisco," but I thought that would be both inaccurate and inadvisible.

This story took place during my freshman year in college. In the lovely fair city of Boston, Massachusetts, the hub of the universe and the cradle of… Read full post »

Dear Congress,

Welcome back from vacation.  How exhausted you must have been from all that campaigning, fundraising, pontificating and obfuscating. It certainly hasn't been from Legislating.

Now that you're back from vacation, after being on the job for a rough three and half weeks, perhaps you… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
FEBRUARY 8, 2013 2:33PM

Being caught in a blizzard. Don't try this, ever.

As I hunker down, for winter storm Nemo,  I remember the Blizzard of '78.  

My daughters would probably ask if was that eighteen or nineteen 78. Nineteen, thanks very much, girls. I was a 22 year old jock (the industry term for disc jockey or radio announcer) working… Read full post »

If you cast one movie with Kenneth Brannagh, Colin Firth, Judi Dench, and Keira Knightley, you would flock to the theatre to see some great performances. What if you added Lily Tomlin, Jason Alexander, Julia Stiles, and Valarie Pettiford? Sound like a hit?

Stars in Shorts is a compilation of sev… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
OCTOBER 3, 2012 1:18PM

Why watching the debates are a waste of time.

In 1960, the first presidential election I have memory of, the first televised debate took place between Vice President Richard Nixon and Senator John F. Kennedy. Moderated by CBS's Howard K. Smith (one of the famous Murrow boys), viewers who were polled concluded that JFK was the winner of the debat… Read full post »

I've developed an elevator speech for those few people out there who are still undecided in this election.  There may be a few Romneyites who might crossover, but I'm not really looking for converts this late in the game.

Here they are:

Shaping the supreme court for the next 25 years.… Read full post »

Dear Tom Stemberg,

 

I was a loyal customer of Quill, Inc., the predecessor to Staples and then became a loyal Staples customer. I’ve purchased my first computer from Staples. My wife has a small business and she has been a loyal customer for over ten years.

 

I’ve supported the b… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
AUGUST 24, 2012 10:50AM

Working in the shadow of the Empire State Building

Call it intuition, or a sixth sense. I travel through two of the biggest terrorist targets in New York City, Grand Central Terminal and Pennsylvania Station.

I work in the shadow of the Empire State Building. I easily could have been one of the shooting victims today outside the Empire State… Read full post »

AUGUST 20, 2012 2:25PM

Check out this Photo ID

Photo IDs are probably important. Until about 40 years ago, you only saw them on Passports or at places where you needed positive identification, like military installations or nuclear power plants.

Thanks to the Polaroid Corporation and its photo ID system in the early 1970s, States began issuing ph… Read full post »

 I originally posted this in 2010.  In light of recent denials that the Holocaust ever took place, I felt compelled to share this again.

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Prague as viewed from the Castle in April 2005

Our MBA class traveled to the Czech Republic in 2005 for our international residency.… Read full post »

Tomorrow afternoon, my 83 year old father will have open heart surgery to replace his aortic valve. Over the last two weeks I've watched him prepare for death.

Struggling in his hospital bed to get comfortable, I've watched him joke with the doctors, nurses, personal care attendants, speech pathologi… Read full post »