Please Vaccinate Your Kids, If Only for Their Sake

In our modern world we sometimes think that certain communicable diseases and dying from such diseases are a thing of the past.

What we think and what the truth is can be very different things.

The measles is spreading across the country like wildfire. As of last week, more than 600 people across 22 states have been diagnosed with measles.

I’m not a medical professional, nor am I a parent, but logic tells me that the anti-vaxxers need to get their heads out their proverbial behinds. Vaccinations save lives, especially the lives of young children who are too young to get the vaccine.

Please, if you have not vaccinated your children, please do so. If not for your sake, do it for their sake. If not for their sake, for the sake of their friends and classmates. If not for the sake of your children’s friends and classmates, do it for your community.

Good parenting requires one to put one’s child’s needs before your needs. That includes their health and the necessary vaccines that could save lives.

 

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What Color Is Your Parachute? 2018: A Practical Manual For Job-Hunters And Career-Changers Book Review

Job searching is hard, period. But Richard N. Bolles is trying to make that search just a little easier.

Last year’s edition, entitled, What Color Is Your Parachute? 2018: A Practical Manual For Job-Hunters And Career-Changers, is a practical and reliable guide for the job hunter. In the book, Mr. Bolles talks about everything from resumes to cover letters to figuring out your ideal job and helping those who are changing their careers midway through adulthood.

I initially read this book in 2014, when I needed comfort during the job hunting process. I re-read the book because I will be out of work as of one week from today and I needed that same comfort. In the last four years, the book has not changed (with the exception of references that were not available 5 years ago).  What I really appreciated about this book is that it both challenges the reader and provides support during a difficult time in their professional and personal lives.

I recommend it.

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Thoughts On the 25th Anniversary of Beauty and the Beast on Broadway.

You never forget that first Broadway show that leaves a mark on you.

For me, that show is the stage adaptation of the 1991 animated Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast.

Stepping (both literally and physically) into titular roles of Beauty and the Beast were Susan Egan and Terrence Mann.  Last week, the show celebrated its 25th anniversary.

The production value was faultless. It was amazing how one stage could be transformed from an ordinary village to a mysterious castle in a matter of moments. The costumes were stunning and the cast were absolutely marvelous. Both Egan and Mann brought their characters to life in a way that felt like an ordinary couple falling in love, not a cursed prince and a bookish woman who are brought together by fate in a world that can only be defined as surreal.

I can’t believe it’s been 25 years. I’ve seen quite a few Broadway shows over the years, but a piece of my heart will always belong to the tale as old as time.

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Thoughts On The Attack in Sri Lanka

I don’t know about anyone else, but it seems like terrorist attacks are unfortunately just another blip on the news cycle.

Across Sri Lanka, bombs went off in Churches and hotels that are known to be frequented by foreign visitors. As of this post, 207 people are dead.

The fact that today is Easter Sunday points to someone who wanted to send a very specific message.

My heart breaks for those who were killed. We should all have the ability to live a long, happy live. Unfortunately, some people are of the mind that unless we all agree to live by their rules, those of us who live differently have a mark on our backs.

May the memory of those killed be a blessing and may the justice system in Sri Lanka prosecute those involved in the attacks to the fullest extent of the law.

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In the Wake of the Release of the Mueller Report, Should The President Be Impeached?

The Mueller Report was released last week. As was expected, the response to the report depended on where one lands on the political aisle. Though the report did not state that you know who is implicitly guilty, there is clearly a case of crossing the moral and ethical line to win the 2016 election.

The question that I think needs to be asked, is if you know who should be impeached or if we should let the American people vote him out of the office next fall?

If I am to be completely honest, I have to admit that I am not sure what the best response from Congress should be?

If he is impeached, this means that Mike Pence is President. If you know who is wrong for President, Mike Pence is worse from my perspective. Impeachment would also prove that the conspiracy theories are correct and that the Democrats are out to get him.

However, if he is not impeached, that means that you know who could be re-elected next year.

I wish that there was an easy answer, but there is not. The only thing we can do is wait and let the chips fall where they may.

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Thoughts On the New Disturbed Song “A Reason To Fight”

Mental health disorders have a way of isolating those who suffer. Logically, they know that they have a solid support system of family, friends and partners/spouses. But mental illness and depression specifically says otherwise. It makes that person feel alone, that everyone around them is lying. The only thing that is honest is their depression.

Recently, the rock band Disturbed released their latest song and accompanying video, “A Time To Fight“.

The thing that strikes me about this song and the video is that it negates the idea that those who suffer from depression and other mental illnesses suffer are alone. There are millions of us who wake up everyday with this weight on our emotional shoulders.

Knowing that we are not alone, that there are many out there who suffer from this disease is important not just for those who live with mental illness, but for those who love them. That knowledge, from my perspective, is the most important aspect of not just treatment, but living a full life.

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The Mueller Report — By Hook Or By Book

I was up until about 1:00 in the morning reading the report and now have a migraine, so this is going to be a fairly brief post. I just want to share a few thoughts. 1. The 148 page report is split into two volumes. The first deals with conspiracy/collusion, the second, obstruction of justice. […]

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April 19, 2019 · 4:48 pm

Flashback Friday-Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style (2007-2008)

These days, there is a slew of makeover shows on television.

In 2007, Project Runway‘s Tim Gunn became the star of his own reality show, Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style (2007-2008). Co-hosted by Veronica Webb in the first season and Gretta Monahan in the second season, the subject of each episode goes through the standard head to toe reality show makeover. As long as each participant follows Gunn’s rules for fashion, they are allowed to express themselves via the clothes they choose to wear.

There is a reason why this program lasted only two seasons. Though Gunn is well respected in the fashion industry, the show was just a little too cookie cutter to survive in the cutthroat world of reality television.

Do I recommend it? Not really.

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Thoughts On Passover

Tonight is the first night of Passover.

Around the world, millions of Jews will sit down to the Seder and remember the exodus from Egypt.

Though the story is about one specific group of people are led to freedom, it speaks to everyone who has felt put down, pushed aside or made to feel like the other.

For me personally, this holiday coincides with the fact that there will soon be a change in my career. I will be walking through the desert of unemployment, with my creator walking silently by my side and praying for the professional manna that will support me until I am again employed.

I have to believe that something good is coming. G-d is not sending me to the proverbial professional desert for kicks and giggles. I believe that I will reach the professional promised land.

In this time of professional uncertainty and being that Passover starts tonight, I can’t think of a better song that “When You Believe” from the Prince of Egypt.

Happy Passover!

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Thoughts On the 20th Anniversary of the Columbine School Shooting

20 years ago today, millions of high school students around the country (myself included) walked through the front doors of their high school as they did every school day. By the time the school day ended, 12 students and one teacher were dead in Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.

It was America’s first school shooting in what was then recent memory. Sadly, as we all know, it would not be the last.

Looking back, I can’t help but feel anger. One mass school shooting should have been enough to galvanize the nation and our leadership to change our gun laws. If New Zealand can change their gun laws after the Mosque shooting last month, why can’t America do the same? If we had, we might have prevented the shootings at Sandy Hook and Parkland.

May the memories of the students and the teacher killed be a blessing and may we finally learn from the past.

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