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Author archive for Bob Allen

  • Flash Gordon

    No Boundaries

    August 3, 2020

    When I was 9, the walls of my bedroom were covered not with hot rods or pop stars. They...

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    May 28, 2020

    It would be irresponsible and cruelly glib to imply that the Covid-19 pandemic has not been difficult, and that...

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    I Pledge…

    July 19, 2019

    For the last 3 years, we’ve been engaged in a project that could, if it is successful, have transformative...

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    Coming of Age

    July 1, 2019

    At the turn of the century, out of the chaos of a chilling economy and the double punches of...

  • mickey

    Happy Continuation to A Great Idea

    May 1, 2019

    The park now known as Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a name I have never gotten quite comfortable with, turns 30...

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    What Burns?

    April 17, 2019

    I am not a Catholic. I am not even a Christian in the way that Christians define themselves. I...

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    Creativity, Innovation, Life and Death

    March 18, 2019

    Simply getting older-participating in the entropy attendant to a certain number of solar orbits-confers nothing. Even the much-vaunted acquisition...

  • 2019

    Making Up The New Year

    December 27, 2018

    We have made up something called “The New Year”. TNY happens arbitrarily on December the 31st at midnight. Don’t...

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    August 22, 2018

    In our Zen tradition, we learn from the Buddha’s perspective that there is no-coming, no-going. That is a teaching...

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    Good Old Systems

    May 15, 2018

    A while back, I discussed (politely, with just a light dusting of snark) what I call the “danger of...

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    Cultural Exploration

    May 1, 2018

    Travel broadens you, they say. Well, exploring other cultures doesn’t always require a passport. I spent the weekend at...

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    Me and Mrs. Bush

    April 18, 2018

    In the early summer of 1992 I got a call from my boss. “Bob, I need you and your...

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    Real Magic

    April 9, 2018

    He was burnished auburn and had a philosopher’s face and began a slow and methodical descent, each hand and...

  • Awesome Gig!

    February 26, 2018



    The Tyranny of The “Thing”

    February 3, 2018

    I am not a qualified cultural anthropologist, but I’m going out on a limb and suggesting that we live, perhaps...

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    Scrooge’s Gift

    December 25, 2017

    “Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grind-stone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old...

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    On Saturdays

    November 13, 2017

    Let me be clear first-the traumatic brain injury that we now know happens in contact sports-specifically football-cannot be left...

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    The Future Might Be Okay

    October 23, 2017

    I had a great moment last week. After waiting in line for technical difficulties to be solved (see end...

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    October 9, 2017

    I didn’t do the high school or college reunion thing. I have often been just the faintest bit envious...

  • Sales-vs-Marketing

    Is It Marketing or Sales?

    September 18, 2017

    I was surprised when I recently Googled this question. Not because there was so much out there but because...