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“So, what did you think of Barack Obama’s speech?”

I’ve heard plenty of good comments about Barack Obama’s victory speech in Iowa on Thursday night. I thought I would check it out and hear it for myself and give an evaluation. (Keep in mind this is my evaluation of his speaking technique, not his politics.)

If you haven’t heard the speech, you can view it here.

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Diets don’t work

I have never been a fan of New Year’s resolutions, especially of the most popular New Year’s resolution of all: losing weight. Most of us make that resolution out of remorse for all the fattening food and drink we indulged in during the holiday season. Read more »

The value of personal history

A couple things happened this weekend that made me think about the value of personal history. The first was going with my daughter to watch a high school girls’ basketball game. The other was a television movie adaptation of Mitch Albom’s For One More Day. What is the connection between the two? Read more »

Happy birthday, Commodore 64!

The Commodore 64 – which was the first computer for millions including myself – is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Check out the stories on CNN.

Give the gift of encouragement

The following is a speech that I gave at my Toastmasters club today.

There are plenty of gifts that we can give this holiday season, but one of the most important is the gift of encouragement. When someone is down, when someone has suffered a great loss, or when someone has just lost faith, the support you can give that person can be the greatest gift they can receive. A few words can turn around a person’s entire life.

Words of encouragement must have three attributes. Read more »