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Off the Leash: Artist versus narcist …

Last week, I had the pleasure of seeing a performer at the McCallum Theatre that both humbled and elevated me at the same time. The performer was Susanna Hamnett, performing a one-woman show she co-wrote called “Nearly Lear.” In it, she told the story of King Lear through the eyes of his close confidant Noreen, […]

Off the Leash: What’s treason and who commited it …

Recently, at a rally for GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a woman in the crowd accused President Obama of treason. Treason? What has he done that qualifies as treason? As I see it, the president hasn’t been able to do much. Health care reform has been hamstrung. There has been little, if any, change to […]

Off the Leash: The Golden Rule

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” “What is hateful to thee, do not that unto your neighbor.” This is the Golden Rule. No matter how you word it, the rule is essentially the same. Treat others the way you would want to be treated yourself.

Off the Leash: No risk investing …

Welcome to “Financial Insanity 101.” I’d usually ask you to pull out pen and paper in order to take notes. But the formula I’m about to lay out for you is so self-evident that I think you’ll pick it up without the need for future reference. Let’s say I’m going to Las Vegas next weekend […]

Off the Leash: Does Jesus ride in your heart or on your bumper? …

I’ve decided to depart from my usual political rant this month and take on an equally controversial subject — religion. More specifically, I want to address Christianity. It’s not that I find other faiths less relevant or valid. Out of respect, I choose not to speak for those faiths to which I don’t belong. It’s […]

Off the Leash: Citizens unite against “Citizens United” …

Recently, during a Town Hall meeting in New Hampshire, GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney fielded a question from a young man in the crowd, asking the candidate if he thought that corporations were people. The question was in reference to the Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission decision handed down by the Supreme Court on […]

Off the Leash: “Greed” and its potential consequences …

Greed: an excessive desire to acquire or possess more than what one needs or deserves, especially with respect to material wealth. Greed has gripped our nation and may very well destroy our economy and our democracy. One doesn’t have to research too deeply or look too far to find examples of over inflated salaries and […]

Off the Leash: Do we want a “do-nothing” government? …

Like a lot of Americans, I’ve been following the Republican presidential debates the last couple of months. To be honest, I find myself scratching my head and asking myself, “What in the world is going on?” I have never seen such a group of job applicants express such open disdain for the company to which […]

Off the Leash: Are fear and love motivation or purpose?

Is it better to be feared or loved? This question was posed by Machiavelli in his book “The Prince” back in the 1500s. The question possesses both political and religious ramifications. As a lifelong Christian, I’ve often wrestled with this schizophrenic notion of God. On one hand, we have the demanding and wrathful God found […]

Off the Leash: What me worry? Yes …

I worry. Sometimes I worry too much. I get a thought in my head and I become like a pit bull, I can’t let it go. It’s not good for me. In the past, it has caused me, and those close to me, problems. I think it’s because I have lousy denial mechanisms. Woody Allen […]

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