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Random Thoughts

I’m all out of profoundness.  So while I’m waiting on that next brainstorm, here are a few things that intrigue, annoy, mystify, and entertain me.  Feel free to add your own items by posting a comment below…


Canadians can vacation in Cuba.  Wasn’t the Bay of Pigs an awful long time ago?  Isn’t it time we both got over that?  At least lift the ban on cigar imports!


People who use non-words.  Topping the list would be “irregardless,” followed closely by “supposeably.”  Folks, these are not words.  You can look them up.  Actually, you CAN’T look them up because they are NOT WORDS!


Blue Island, Illinois, is neither indigo nor an island.   I hear Hell, Michigan, is actually a very nice town.  So why the names?


I live on the road from March – June, which means lots of reading.  Here are a few good ones…

The Guns at Last Light (Rick Atkinson) – Third installment of Atkinson’s brilliant trilogy of WWII in Europe.  The author provides terrific insights into even the most familiar accounts of the Allied invasion, from Normandy to Berlin.  An engrossing read for avid history buffs.
Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival (Michael Zuckoff) – One of the great overlooked pieces of WWII history tells the tale of downed flights crews in Greenland and the efforts to rescue and return them that continue to this day.
The Way of the Knife: The CIA, the Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth (Mark Mazzetti) – This book is even more timely given President Obama’s recent proposals to more narrowly focus the war on terrorists and limit the combat role of the CIA.
Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World (Evan Thomas) – You’ll never look at the “good old days” of the 1950s – or Ike’s “boring” presidency – the same way again.
500 Days (Kurt Eichenwald) – A step by step analysis of the way the world and our government changed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

5 Responses

  1. I think you should do an article or a survey on the five best cigars. Remember when men used to give cigars when a son or daughter was born/? God how I hate modern political correctness.

    I am writing an article for NAIFA on what would Stephen Covey say if he did seven habits today and of course we believe that mentoring would be at the top of the list. Want to publish it too? We can split any book sales$.

    I trust you are well and be blessed!


  2. Thanks for the heads up on WWII historoy books. I like them also..

  3. Thanks, Joe, for the reading tip above – “The Guns at Last Light” by Atkinson. Hadn’t heard of Rick before, but I too am an avid WWII history buff and will start in with the first in the trilogy, “An Army at Dawn.” Hopefully I can find it in book-on-CD format since I get a LOT of those done during my 75-mile commute to Gleaner Life Insurance Society in Adrian, MI, every working day. Thanks again! -Tom Sacharski, Compliance Manager

  4. Oh my goodness…I am with you on the annoying words. And your two are at the very top of my list also! Anytime someone says them, I am immediately correcting them in my head!
    Other ones I constantly correct in my head are the improper use of “me” and “I”. “Joe and me attended the NAIFA conference.” Arrgghh!
    Have a great day, Joe! Even without profoundness, I enjoy your posts!

  5. I agree on the annoying words. Even more annoying is the demise of the proper use of adverbs. You no longer hear, “he danced horribly”; you hear, ” he danced horrible”. It is now commonplace even in journalism, advertising and (tragically) education.

    I also can’t stand the “informal” spellings of real words. For example, nite instead of night. Is it really that much harder to write a gh instead of an e? Will that extra letter kill you?

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