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    Deja Vu

    “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” This famous phrase was uttered by major league baseball hall of famer and beloved American philosopher Yogi Berra in the early 1960s. He was describing what it was like to watch Mickey Mantle … Continue reading → |

    Tug of War

    The game of tug of war elicits images of schoolyard battles and Fourth of July family picnics. Images of teams pitted against each other in a clash of strength and will with little more at stake than bragging rights, but … Continue reading → |

    March Madness

    For three weeks in early spring, fans have learned to expect the unexpected as the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, better known as March Madness, dominates TVs and headlines. This nationwide obsession is an annual tradition steeped in an 80-year legacy, … Continue reading → |

    Show Me the Money

    Twenty plus years since Tom Cruise’s iconic character Jerry Maguire shouted that famous phrase it still has relevance, despite becoming a rather tiresome tagline at times. After all who among us hasn’t blurted it out as a punch line at … Continue reading → |

    Climate Change

    The media and the environmentally conscious were disturbed during the most recent quarter as President Donald Trump made the decision to formally withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement. Adopted in 2015, and put into effect on November 4, … Continue reading → |

    The Habitable Zone

    Scientists, astronomers, Star Trek enthusiasts, and alien life believers were inspired by the February news release of NASA’s distant solar system discovery, and potentially habitable planets.  Using a method called “transit photometry” (estimates a planet’s size based on the degree … Continue reading → |

    A Change in Leadership

    Baseball enthusiasts were entertained by the run-up and outcome of the 2016 World Series Championship playoffs between the Cleveland Indians and national favorite Chicago Cubs.  The Cubs, who led the majors with 103 wins this past season, had not won … Continue reading → |

    Losing Credibility

    Heading into the home stretch of the country’s presidential election, the major party campaign tactics resemble those more commonly seen in contentious divorce and custody battles rather than attempting to demonstrate the ability to provide leadership to the country. Topics … Continue reading → |

    Against All Odds

    Leicester City is one of the oldest cities in England, a roughly two hour drive north of London, and with a population of roughly 330,000 is the eleventh largest city in the United Kingdom (U.K.). The town is self-described as … Continue reading → |

    Engineered Excitement

    Amusement park enthusiasts will be thrilled when they hit the parks this year. Parks across the country are introducing roller coasters that utilize magnetic propulsion systems, construction innovations including ride retrofits through the combination of wood and metal, and even … Continue reading → |

    Between a Rock and a Hard Place

    China’s creation of artificial “islands” in the South China Sea, through the dredging of sand around what were previously only reefs, has been an area of contention over the last couple of years. In addition to the permanent destruction of … Continue reading → |

    Trust but Verify

    The Russian proverb, “dveryai, no proveryai,” translated to mean, “trust, but verify,” was one of the most memorable terms used in the late 1980s by former President Ronald Reagan when negotiating the nuclear arms control agreements with then Soviet General … Continue reading → |

    Greek Drama

    As an important Mediterranean cultural, political and military power center in its prime, Athens, Greece was the main site for an annual religious festival and Greek theater, performed during late March and early April.  Created in the late 5th century … Continue reading → |

    Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler

    “Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!” is a Cajun expression, in English translates to “Let the Good Times Roll!” symbolizing the way of life in New Orleans. February is Carnival season, with New Orleans as the mecca for the U.S. Mardi … Continue reading → |

    Game Changer

    In October, the 2014 World Series pit the National League champion San Francisco Giants against the American League champion Kansas City Royals. The Royals were this year’s playoff Cinderella story, being from a smaller home market and lower payroll as … Continue reading → |

    Beneath the Surface

    The entertainment industry and fans were saddened by the passing of Robin Williams, one of the most gifted performers of our time. His career as a stand-up and improvisational comedian as well as a television and film actor earned him … Continue reading → |

    A Sterling Investment

    The NBA was shaken up in the second quarter, not only by the breakup of the Miami Heat roster by LeBron James opting out of the final year of his contract, but also by the release of a private recording … Continue reading → |

    Slopestyle

    Adapting to the freestyle trends of ESPN’s X Games, the newest events of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics were the slopestyle skiing and snowboarding competitions. In these contests, participants navigate specialized trails or terrain parks consisting of jumps and other … Continue reading → |

    No Limit Texas Hold em

    2013’s culminating annual World Series of Poker Main Event was held in November at the Las Vegas Rio Hotel & Casino. Through a combination of skill, intuition, luck of the draw, as well as physical and mental stamina, the initial … Continue reading → |

    Smoke-Filled Rooms

    The original “smoke-filled room” was in Chicago’s Blackstone Hotel, where, according to legend, a small group of powerful United States senators gathered to arrange the nomination of Warren G. Harding as republican candidate for president in 1920. He was known … Continue reading → |