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From the Forest to the Shore, Connecticut, USA
March 12
Director of Change
An unnamed non-profit health care provider
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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Editor’s Pick
APRIL 7, 2009 9:21PM

Hiring during tough times.

You might say I live a charmed life. I have a job in New York City, and I have an open position I need to fill. This has got to be an incredibly easy task. Like being the only male teen in an all girl high school and needing a date… Read full post »

MARCH 30, 2009 6:07PM

A tale of three Stadia

Sorry folks, but I can't bring my self to use the terms Stadiums in this post. I learned some time back between the stone and bronze ages that the plural for a word that ends in "ium" is "ia". So there.

Yesterday the first baseball game was played at Citi Field the… Read full post »

I can’t even remember how OE and I found each other on OS. He wasn’t the usual stray that ends up gaining my affection.  He was more like a lapdog that seemed to always show up and offer comfort without being annoying or intrusive (like Mr. Big can sometimes be).  OERead full post »

This is a response to Dorinda Fox’s open call on interviews with OS writers. I thought about the interesting people who write here, and there are dozens and dozens of them, I wanted try to get to know some better. I’m here to interview Dharmabummer.  

Why Dharma? It’s to lRead full post »

MARCH 26, 2009 9:06PM

Dirty Haiku Thursday

All week long we wait

On the weekends we do it

While the dogs watch us

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I think the only two things that can keep me away from OS is either death or taxes. Fortunately there was no death involved. I spent the last two and half days working on my taxes.

Let me tell you it must've been a lot more fun to be doing… Read full post »


70 Pine Street, New York City AIG Headquarters

I have been running the gamut of emotions the past few days. Angry as everyone else is at the incredibly lucrative contracts executed by the former management at AIG and its employees who received 165 million in bonuses.

The… Read full post »

Dear Building Superintendent:

Thanks so much upgrading the "mints" in the urinals in the men's room on the ninth floor.  I'm so happy that you're utilizing the latest in deodorizing technology. While most urinal "mints" have a distinctive odor of pine or disinfectant, I must say these new "… Read full post »

Let me say at the outset that both my wife and I consider ourselves very, very fortunate in the current economic crisis. I have a job in New York City and she has her own business which is doing ok in this slow economy. We know this could all change in… Read full post »

MARCH 13, 2009 11:07AM

Nominee for Douchebag of the Week

Last week, Sheldon the Wonderhorse, nominated Ruth Madoff, wife of confessed felon Bernie Gonif, I mean Madoff, who bilked investors of 52 billion dollars.

This week I'd like to offer my nomination for this week. She is

Ellen McDonnell, Director of Morning Programming at NPR

Ellen McDonnell 

In a post… Read full post »

1. Albert Einstein dies

2. Brown v Board of Education

3. Sputnik

4. JFK elected president

5. Cuban Missle Crisis

6. Man goes into space

7.  Man orbits earth

8.  War expands in Viet Nam

9. March on Washington

10.  JFK assassinated

11. Civil rights act of 1964

12.  LBJ… Read full post »

MARCH 11, 2009 7:31PM

What Not to Wear

At least under the cover of anonymity, I can admit this. There is one reality show I will watch of my own volition. It is TLC's What Not to Wear with Stacy London and Clinton Kelly. I think this is a cool show.

Each episode, a person who has been nominated by a… Read full post »

Here's part one if you missed it:


Part two 

I had a long drive back to Portland in a storm over snow covered roads. Arriving home, I faced an angry soon to be ex-wife, and E, my confused daughtRead full post »

That what my 15 year old daughter, M, screamed at me in a fit of rage. My response, "That's my job and I love my work." The anger was diffused in an instant and we both had a good laugh. In a few months we would stop laughing. It would be almost… Read full post »

MARCH 6, 2009 10:15AM

Never in doubt, but often wrong.

I'm beginning to realize I am becoming a dinosaur. Not because my kids accused me of playing with dinosaurs when I was a kid (they are not creationists, either).

I am being innundated with infotainment and opinionists from the corporate mainstream media. I don't want infotainment, and I don't need to… Read full post »

"High-tech lynching" is a quote from associate justice Clarence Thomas during his senate confirmation hearings in the 1980s. I think it was effective in getting him confirmed to the court.

I wrote this sensationalist headline not to start a debate, but to have a dialogue about how we have politi… Read full post »

About ten years ago I sat in my cube and wondered what was wrong with Susie. She was a good employee, conscientious, hard working, committed, and a good trainer. But lately she has been resistant, and withdrawn. She was refusing to complete work assignments that involved writing, and I couldn't under… Read full post »

MARCH 3, 2009 9:42AM

My favorite poem

The Bronx?

No Thonx!

-- Ogden Nash

Editor’s Pick
MARCH 2, 2009 8:21PM

Shayna, my obsession

Shayna is one special girl. Some say my relationship with her is sensual. Others feel my obsession with her is unnatural. Yet others would be shocked about the way I talk about her. She is my possession. My property. I keep her tied up at night, lest I fear she would… Read full post »

A rant about change and optimism. 

This is not the best of times right now. For many it is the worst of times. I am grateful that the majority of the American people woke up and started to take back control of our country last November. When I think of the… Read full post »

With apologies to the Five Pillars of Total Quality Management (ca. 1989)

1.  Nothing works so well it can't be changed.

2.  No process is too small it can't be micromanaged.

3. Decisions are made at a level farthest from those impacted by them.

4. There's a fine line between "flexible… Read full post »

Hi, I am OEsheepdog. I have a problem.  I am addicted to the writings of Rex Stout and his most famous characters, Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin.

I think this began when I stumbled upon the A&E production Nero Wolfe Mysteries. At first it was the dialogue. Then it was… Read full post »

Every hospital should have an Old English Sheepdog. In 1959, the hospital that my mother was admitted to, did. I was four years old. She had tuberculosis. Remember TB? The Christmas Seals people? That was almost 50 years ago.

She had developed TB and had dramatic surgery which removed a portion… Read full post »