A Boy Named Josh

My Advanced Snorkeling class had gathered in a gazebo overlooking the beach at Columbus Landing Park on the paradise island of Grand Turk. It was the afternoon session on the second of our eight-day course.

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Corporate Hara-Kiri

Watching Beyonce shatter mirrors in Pepsi’s “Live for Now” commercial reminded me of the night my wife become a casualty of the Cola Wars that have been ongoing since the 1980s.

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Starship Commanders

I’ve had the opportunity to work with two starship commanders. One was the hero of Apollo 13. The other the hero of TV’s original Star Trek series.

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WTF!

During the summer months, driving up from Manhattan to Cape Cod on I-95 comes with a lot of stop-and-go.

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Queen of the Fairies

The first time I met Ilona, she lay flat on her back in her bed, beckoning me to kiss her.

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How You Get to be Chairman of the Board

When two of my speech clients were elected chairman of the board of their respective organizations, I looked for a common denominator.

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The Lady of the Dunes

If you like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain
If you're not into yoga, if you have half a brain
If you like making love at midnight, in the dunes on the cape
I'm the love that you've looked for, come with me and escape

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Tormenta!

In her memoir, Paris France, Gertrude Stein claimed: “Writers have two countries. The one where they belong and the one in which they live really. The second one is romantic. It is not real but it is really there.”

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Lady and the Tramp: Pooches in Paradise

The Island of Vieques is one big barnyard.

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When the CEO Sees Red

My daughter once won the annual children’s Halloween window-painting contest sponsored by Main Street merchants in our town of Ridgefield, CT. What made hers such a stellar achievement was that the shopkeepers prohibited the kids from using black paint lest their windows crack from the sunlight absorbed by black.

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