Morbid Thoughts

April 6, 2011

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Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about death. Perhaps you’ve read my posts about my mom’s rapid aging and dealing with her dying process. Also, my trips to Israel always make me think about life tragedies and “the ultimate sacrifices” that so many there have made for their survival. I think of a few close calls I have had with death. Living in Israel, one is surrounded with stories of deep tragedy. I personally missed being the victim of two terrorist attacks by strokes of luck and timing. But I know others whose families were not so lucky. Not too long ago, my wife asked me to put together a list of things to do if I died and she was forced to run the company. (None of this is to say that I am dying – so don’t worry).
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Crystal Bowersox Opines on Addiction and Abuse – What is the Workplace Response?

February 26, 2011

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Crystal Bowersox has a new hit song out called “Farmer’s Daughter.” I let it play a few times this morning, allowing the words to sink in. Here it is for you. Feel free to play it back a few times, as I did. It’s well worth it.

As a former alcohol and drug abuse counselor, I saw many lives damaged and destroyed. While the themes of abuse were common, such as parental absenteeism, mental abuse, physical abuse, reversal of parent and child roles, sexual abuse and confusion, early death and abandonment, jail time, each one case had its’ own unique enactment and consequences. Naturally, many suffered erratic employment and poor job prospects.
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California Proposition 19 – Marijuana Legalization Strips Employers of Liability Protection

October 1, 2010

Current marijuana laws have made criminals out of millions of Americans who love smoking it. Untold thousands have served prison time for marijuana use. Organized crime has reaped I don’t know how many billions of dollars in marijuana trade. And many people have died in that criminal traffic. So let’s legalize it! No!
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