Monthly Archives: May 2013

CC3 – The Myth of Multitasking

The following was delivered at Sinchon Toastmasters on Sun May 26, 2013. I wrote the content in advance but spoke without notes so there was significant divergence from the text. The strikeout text is what my evaluator recommended that I … Continue reading

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Harsh, not Hostile

In the past 24 hours a close friend and a closer family member have expressed concern at how negative on Korea I’m coming across. I forgot the the Toastmasters maxim on how to provide feedback: positive first, then critique, then positive … Continue reading

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My Grand Unifying Theory of American Culture

note: yes I’m aware that the pomposity of this post’s title suggests my grandstanding is verging on self-parody. That said, I do think it’s a neat little theory. PS: no offense to my Canadian and British peeps out there. America … Continue reading

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Mother’s Mother’s Mothers’s Day (Part 3 of 3)

In my previous posts on my mother, I illustrated how her father was the fire that hardened her internal steel, and her mentor Dr. Schofield honed that steel into a fine point with a direction. My father, then, was the … Continue reading

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Mother’s Mother’s Mothers’s Day (Part 2 of 3)

As previously mentioned, my maternal grandfather was a force of nature: violent, unpredictable, and indifferent to the destruction it wrought on those in its wake. My mother’s response was to harden her determination, channeling her energies into academics so that through … Continue reading

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Mother’s Mother’s Mothers’s Day (Part 1 of 3)

My mother was born in 1945 near Yongbyon. That would the Yongbyon best known today for its illegal plutonium enrichment nuclear program. That would be the nuclear program in present-day North Korea. Of course, back then “North Korea” as we … Continue reading

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The Exception that Tests the Rule

Fun fact courtesy of author Philipe Yaffe: In old English the term “prove” meant to test, not to confirm as it does today. So the adage really means: “It is the exception that tests the rule.” If there is an … Continue reading

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