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Strapping on the oxygen mask

Anyone who has ever traveled by airplane has heard the FAA required pre-flight safety announcement prior to takeoff. I, like many other passengers, often zone out during this important information except when it comes to the part about using the … Continue reading

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Balls to the wall

Recently, I came across an article in the San Jose Mercury News describing the final toast of the four surviving members of the “Doolittle Raiders”. The “Doolittle Raiders” were a band of 80 specially trained Army airmen who participated in … Continue reading

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Seeking justice for Ethan

On January 12, 2013, a 26 year old man with Down syndrome named Ethan Saylor was killed after a brutal altercation with three off-duty County Sheriff Deputy Officers. The story begins at a Maryland movie theatre. After watching the movie … Continue reading

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A true unsung hero

Their eyes make contact from across the pavilion. Slowly, the young girl in the wheelchair maneuvers her way towards him. When they meet, he bends down and tenderly puts his arms around her and embraces her for what seems like … Continue reading

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Welcome to the new economy

Last year, I read an interesting article in the San Jose Mercury News entitled: “Robot Culture Blossoms in the Bay Area”. The article highlighted a start-up robotics company named Momentum Machines based in San Francisco. The company is presently hard … Continue reading

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The critical lessons of ValuJet 592

As a technical communications professional, I belong to a large organization called the Society for Technical Communications (STC). At our last monthly meeting, our chapter invited Joseph Devney to speak. Mr. Devney is a noted linguist and technical writing consultant … Continue reading

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Roger and me

I recently returned from a memorial service in Southern California that honored the life of my former Brother-in-Law Roger Nielson who unexpectedly passed away from a massive brain hemorrhage. In short, the service was a glorious celebration of a unique … Continue reading

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