Want To Be Rich? Here’s How

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I first met Leon when I entered my freshman year at St Basil Prep. He was a newly ordained priest and also my English Lit teacher. A gifted writer himself, he put me on the path to a writing career.

He became a friend and mentor over the course of our separate lives, baptizing my daughters, officiating at their weddings and burying my son-in-law after he was killed by a drunk driver.

Today Monsignor Leon is confined to modest quarters at the Ukrainian seminary in Stamford, requires a visiting nurse to bathe him and a walker to move around. Weeks ago his failing eyes presented the ultimate insult, stripping him of his ability to read—after a life-long love affair with books.

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Running Late

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The greatest need of our time is to clean out the enormous mass of

mental and emotional rubbish that clutters our minds.

Thomas Merton

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Corporate Hara-Kiri

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Jo Anne after the show … before all hell broke loose

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

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Coat of Many Colors

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I’ve been convinced for some time that the United States should not be thought of as a melting pot but as a coat of many colors.

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Zombie Muffin

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I’ve discovered a new food group. Zombie Food.

Not food you feed TO zombies, but food that IS zombie—food that refuses to die within its appointed time.

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We Are Song

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Why is it that the people most responsible for educating our children are so often on the wrong side of history?

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“When Relationships No Longer Serve”

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She’s 22 years old and presumes to preach about relationships. I would like to call on the combined thinking of three of history’s most brilliant minds to suggest she doesn’t have a clue. 

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Taxing

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Little has changed about our relationships with the taxman since Pieter Brueghel the Younger painted The Tax Collector's Office in 1640.

A few weeks ago my blood ran just as cold as the good folk in the painting as I tore open the letter from the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services.

What could this be about, I wondered.

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How To Stay in Business 20 Years

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When Lou Gerstner took the helm of a foundering IBM back in the 1990s, he famously remarked, “The last thing IBM needs right now is a vision.” I’m going to join Lou out on that limb and say, “The last thing a new entrepreneur needs is a brand.”

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Three Women

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“I’ve been hit, spit on and cursed at. But I love it.”

Something out of Fifty Shades of Grey

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