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2020: As Bad As We All Say?

December 3, 2020

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Michael Geiger

2020:  As Bad As We All Say? We are finally about to turn the calendar to place 2020 in our rear view mirror.  With a collective sigh, we all say “Good riddance!” How shall we remember 2020?  Pandemic.  Lockdown.  Closed schools.  Shuttered businesses.  West Coast wildfires.  Social distancing.  Cancelled or postponed weddings, events and vacations.  […]

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Our Dirty Game

October 21, 2020

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Michael Geiger

Our Dirty Game We have a sitting President and a Vice President heading up opposing tickets.  These candidates possess experience on the world stage.  They understand the processes to advocate for and push through domestic policy considerations.  Yet, both candidates and their political parties can apparently agree on only one thing:  voting for the opposition […]

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Path to Redemption? Perhaps not.

August 27, 2020

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Michael Geiger

Path to Redemption?  Perhaps Not. After a year of denying and fighting the charges, actor Lori Loughlin and her husband, Massimo Giannulli, finally plead guilty to conspiracy charges in the college admissions scandal.  In accepting the plea deal offered by both the prosecution and defense, the judge noted: “There is no mystery about the outcome” […]

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Bonaventure’s Hat

July 16, 2020

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Michael Geiger

Bonaventure’s Hat I am a proud graduate of St. Bonaventure University.  People who know me even casually soon learn this fact and also understand that this school influenced my life.  The campus ranks among the most beautiful places.  The dedicated professors, administrators, and staff who have opted for life in extremely remote (and extremely frozen) […]

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Eye of the Beholder

June 17, 2020

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Michael Geiger

Eye of the Beholder Chances are that most of us know well the storyline of the movie It’s a Wonderful Life.  At a low point and feeling as if his life has been a series of unfulfilled opportunities, our protagonist, George Bailey, comes to believe that all would be better if he were never born.  […]

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Memorial Day – It’s Complicated

May 29, 2020

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Michael Geiger

Memorial Day – It’s Complicated Memorial Day just passed.  America celebrated with a three day weekend as it has since the late 1960s.  But what did we celebrate?  Based on advertisements popping up on the computer and on television, we apparently use Memorial Day to celebrate furniture sales and lower prices on automobiles.  Stories in […]

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Apollo 13 – Failure Is Not an Option 50 Years Later

May 8, 2020

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Michael Geiger

Apollo 13 – Failure Is Not an Option Fifty Years Later 46 hours and 43 minutes into the Apollo 13 space flight in 1970, the on-duty Capsule Communicator on the ground in Houston, Joe Kerwin, told the Apollo 13 crew, “The spacecraft is in real good shape as far as we are concerned.  We’re bored […]

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Fauci’s Fierce Faith In the Facts

April 15, 2020

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Michael Geiger

Fauci’s Fierce Faith In the Facts I would wager that a few short months ago, most of us did not know that there existed the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID).  I would wager even more that fewer of us knew the name of its Director, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, M.D.  Dr. Fauci […]

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With a Little Help . . .

March 25, 2020

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Michael Geiger

With a Little Help . . . The current coronavirus pandemic is, quite simply, frightening.  The virus itself appears physically devastating to so many.  Part of the fright remains our apparent lack of knowledge about it: incubation period; methods of transmission; ability to develop natural immunity if contracted; and whatever new reports Dr. Fauci brings […]

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Short-Legged Hogs and Chickens

February 28, 2020

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Michael Geiger

Short-Legged Hogs and Chickens I have lived in the South since the 1990s.  Two of our three boys were born in the South and all three boys have been raised in the South.  I do not cringe when the boys throw around a “y’all”; I have been served brains and eggs; I fully expect some […]

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