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LOVE: At what cost?


Some say that love is a four letter word. Some say that love is free and doesn't cost a thing. I say love is more than a four letter word, love is a decision but at what cost? Love is not just a feeling because feelings have a tendency to change. Love is a decision.  You chose to love someone. You chose to love someone even though they have hurt you because you understand the importance of forgiveness. You chose to love someone besides their imperfections because you realize that you are not perfect either. You chose to love someone when they are in the valley because you want to hold their hand during the climb to the top. Many people are quick to say that they love someone based off of feelings but once the feelings have subside, they are nowhere to be found. Be careful how you use the four letter...
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The Writer's Life 4/3

Last night the NYC PBS station ran back to back documentaries on literary marvels. The first was dedicated to Margaret Mitchell, author of the phenomenon Gone with the Wind (1936). Born in 1900, she was unconventional, the antithesis of the southern belle. She spent one year in college, which was notable only because she protested the presence of a black woman in one of her classes. GWTW would later be criticized for its portrayal of slaves and the KKK. Mitchell evolved later in life, donating money secretly to Morehouse College specifically to train black doctors. She also contributed to Atlanta's first hospital for blacks, also on the QT, wary of backlash. I've never read GWTW. I've suffered at least two viewings of the film, considered by many a classic, winner of many Oscars. It bored me. Since I know the storyline and don't anticipate any of the surprises that make literature...
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The Writer's Life 4/2

I am fascinated by the irony that occurs in life. I, a pro-capitalism conservative, helped edit my friend Bob Rubenstein's The White Bridge, which is in large part an anti-capitalist screed. Now he has given a glowing review to my third novel, Killing, which is at the opposite end of the spectrum. Here is a link to the review: http://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A1VVI4UPCSI0W4/ref=cm_cr_dp_pdp Food for thought from a discussion between conservatives Ann Coulter and Mike Gallagher this morning, which I believe they heard elsewhere: If the man who shot Trayvon Martin - Zimmerman - is a white Hispanic, does that mean President Obama is a white Afro-American? The floating bookshop battled a stiff northeast wind today. I thank Herbie and Mr. Almost for their purchases, and all the nice folks who voiced concern for my welfare. I spent the abbreviated session standing behind the corner of the apartment building where I usually set up,...
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Killing ... a visceral explosion by Vic Fortezza. My review

I knew Dante the first moment he hugged his son but was skittish about doing it, as men often are. His son, Junior is going off to the Gulf War, and the father is choking on the inside cause he knows about combat. He knows about Nam. We are not told about the killings there. You see, that begins the beauty of Vic Fortezza's novel, Killing, on amazon.com. Amid all the words, it is Dante's silence that holds us with a fist of menace. We know from the beginning, this man is wound too tight. He is coiled and G-d Forbid Junior does not come back home.Yes, I know Dante. He was from the other side of the street where I grew up to be safe. I mean, being white was a blessing in our Brooklyn neighborhood. Being Black was always worse, walking our mean streets. Dante's son knows one of...
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Schettino’s Failure of Leadership

Several years ago while taking a class onmanagement styles, a question came up that made a powerful impact on how I interacted with people around me. The question was this; Is management and leadership the same thing? On one hand, management is the process of dealing with or controlling things or people. While leadership is the action of leading people by precept, principle and example. Like me, you may have never thought of these two states separately, but as you look at the definitions, it is clear they are not the same. I say it like this, management is getting people to do the right things, but leadership is helping the right people do the right things. The difference is found in the application and activation of people. In life, business and everything else, people must be part of the equation. If they are not, you won’t see sustained success. This difference came to light in a tragic manner for hundreds...
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