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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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Salon.com
DECEMBER 25, 2011 12:20PM

Season's Greetings

A grey overcast replaced the dawn this morning. Two calls from my daughters in Maine confirmed a white Christmas had arrived in York and Cumberland counties. Grandchilden alive with the spirit of the holidays. Legos and Pokemon ruled their day.

Ms. Sheepdog and I exchanged gifts in front of the fire… Read full post »

Once doesn't have to look far to find hacks. They seem to be everywhere. The hacks I chose all have the same thing in common. Nepotism. None of them I could find would even have a job in the media if their last name was different than their famous parents. In… Read full post »

1. The fall of regimes in the middle east. Who would have thought the protest movements in Egypt, Libya and Syria would all happen in the same year?

2. Occupy Wall Street. The rise of the 99% movement may chart the course of the debate in the 2012 elections.

3. The… Read full post »

DECEMBER 14, 2011 6:37PM

Is there a Sanity Clause in my contract?

I can't say for sure whether or not Santa Claus exists in real life. I do know that in New York City there is a street named after him. Saint Nicholas Avenue and Saint Nicholas Park are located in upper Manhattan.

The street was named when the Dutch ruled New Amsterdam,… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
DECEMBER 14, 2011 11:46AM

Bold Predictions for 2012

The pundits will be out soon with their predictions for the new year. This is the third time I am making predictions. I did so in 2009 and 2010.

Here are my picks for the new year. Some may be right and some will be wrong. Your comments and your predictions… Read full post »

I always try to maintain a sense of decorum and professionalism in the workplace. There are times however, where I would like to speak out the thoughts that remain in my head. A filter, guided by the light of experience, has been effective from preventing me from doing so. Over the… Read full post »

DECEMBER 9, 2011 7:59PM

Open Call: And then there was Chelsea

And then there was Chelsea. When I saw her behind bars I knew she had won my heart. She looked at me with her big brown eyes and gazed into my soul/ When I got close to her she tried to rub up against me. I knew we were made for… Read full post »

DECEMBER 7, 2011 7:36AM

"Let's Remember Pearl Harbor..."

Three score and ten years ago, our nation was shocked by an attack by on American Military Forces on the Island of Oahu in Hawaii by the Imperial Japanese Navy. Over three thousand American soldiers and civilians died that day, formally launching the U.S. into World War II.

While President Franklin… Read full post »

A couple of thought experiments.

1, Read some historical books or articles about the former Soviet Union and look at how many of the Politburo would purge those, whose Communist ideology was not pure. Stalin would stand at the top of the list. Substitute the word Communist for Conservative every… Read full post »

Unlike most pundits who never admit when they're wrong (96% accurate 3% of the time) I am back to take my lumps and see how well I did what I screwed up last December.

So here goes:

The next Congress will prove to be contentious and ineffective. 

You didn't need to… Read full post »

A little late to the game with these. Number seven happened yesterday so I thought I better post this while it's still fresh in my mind.

Brussel Sprouts

I always hated Broccoli, and never tried Brussel Sprouts. They have an extremely bad rep. They are now my favorite vegetable, and I… Read full post »

1. Write Open Salon in the title of your post.

2. Write something worth reading.

Any questions? Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and friends.

NOVEMBER 22, 2011 10:20PM

Three Thanksgiving Parades

I don't remember the first Thanksgiving parade I saw except that I know I watched it on Television in the late 1950s or early 1960s. Back then there were more retailers that had parades. I remember a parade in Detroit (can't remember the store), Marshall Field's in Chicago, and a West… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 18, 2011 2:17PM

You know you're getting old when...

you don't really need to have anyone get you a gift for the holidays.

your wife wants a "white noise" generator as a holiday gift.

you want politicians to stop trying to tinker with Social Security and Medicare.

you know longer care what anyone else thinks....even at work!

you have more… Read full post »

You're not going to see big budget promotion for this movie. In fact, you're going to have make an effort to find a theatre where this movie is being shown.

Writer, producer, director Emilio Estevez has made a real gem of a film.  Let's start with the story, the son of… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 10, 2011 12:00PM

News stories I would really like to see

Grover Norquist found dead after drowning in bathtub.

Thomas Friedman retires from punditry after being proven wrong more often than right.

Koch Brothers investigated for illegally funding Herman Cain campaign. (Bonus headline: Cain Campaign caught with its pants down).

Occupy Wall Street Occupies Co… Read full post »

Much will be said and written over the next several days about the tragedy surrounding the alleged sexual abuses of boys and young men by an assistant football coach who worked for Penn State University.

Those boys and young men are the victims. Not Joe Paterno, the Penn State adminstration… Read full post »

OCTOBER 28, 2011 1:35PM

Snow kidding

SnowCar 

courtesy Joe-KS.com 

For 33 winters, I lived in New Hampshire and Maine. I survived the blizzard of 1978, countless winters of sleet, freezing rain, and wind chill, and one winter living on my boat in Portland, Maine. There's a post on that in my archives, I believe.

So now, we're… Read full post »

I've had a day or two to muse. Let me share what I am thinking:

Why do I have almost a dozen religious channels and a bakers' dozen of shopping channels on my cable service, but I can't get CurrentTV or the NFL Network. Isn't that sacreligious?

Has anyone thought what… Read full post »

OCTOBER 24, 2011 3:15PM

Saturday in the Park

My wife's cousin and her family traveled to the east coast from California, and spent last week in New York City as tourists. She and her husband have two daughters, eight and five. My wife's sister and brother-in-law and their 6 year old boy also joined us for a visit.

We met in… Read full post »

OCTOBER 20, 2011 12:50PM

OS Writers' voices and their voiceovers

I continue to be amazed at hearing a writer's voice in my head. I would compare that experience to hearing a voice on the radio and imagining what that person looks like. The mental image and the reality often don't match up.

Ken Burns documentary The Civil War  had many… Read full post »

Dear MLB,

A few weeks back I waxed nostalgically about you with my 82 year old father, who didn't remember taking to my first major league game in 1963 at the Polo Grounds to watch the New York Mets play the Cincinnati Reds.

I played in little league and then in… Read full post »

Someone once said, "scratch beneath the surface of a cynic, and you'll find an idealist."

It feels good to see the people who believe in endng economic inequity organize and protest. Their non-violence speaks volumes about their approach which scare many of the rich and powerful. It seems like this… Read full post »

Along the East Coast from Maine to Florida, 63 restaurants of the Friendly's Ice Cream chain will close their doors as the company restructures in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.

With its humble beginnings in western Massachusetts in the 1930s two brothers, Prestley and Curtis Blake started a chain long… Read full post »

The new iPhone is about to make its debut today. Whoop-de-d00 (insert sarcasm here).

Want to impress me? Make it in the USA.

I know a lot of people who are Apple users. While I like to joke that they are members of a cult, I respect and understand their… Read full post »