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Don’t make New Year’s resolutions for yourself… make them for others. It’s easier, more fun, less trouble.

December 31, 2010 | Author: | Posted in Current Events, Family, Life

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant It’s the time of the year for the obligatory New Year’sresolutions. You know, what I mean: I plan to go on a diet and become chic and svelteby Valentine’s  Day. I will go to the gym every other day, so help meHannah. Muscles and enticing curves, or bust. I will eschew …

The next great economic disruption is coming. Are you ready for it?

December 30, 2010 | Author: | Posted in US Economy

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant This title is sure to startle people who follow the upsand downs of the economy with care and perception.“Economic disruption,” they might say. “Whaaat?It is my distinct impression that things economic areimproving, slowly but surely. Am I wrong?” No, you’re right. Things ARE improving, the signs areunmistakable: Item:  Online 2010 Christmas …

2010 U.S. Census, Republicans savor the population trends, as Democrats digest and despair.

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Imagine the scene on December 21, 2010 Officials of both major political partieswaited impatiently as the minutes ticked far tooslowly for Republicans and Democrats alike. They were awaiting the delivery of the pivotal report of theCensus Bureau. Released every 10 years, thisreport contains crucial population information that determines just what percentage …

Of Adam B. Wheeler and how this youthful con man extraordinaire made the world’s greatest university — and others — see red.

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant This is the story of the world’s greatest university,rich, secure, inviolate, invulnerable… arrogant… ripe for thetaking. This is the story of a talented young man, notmerely good at lying, deception, prevaricationand hoodwinkery… but (though connoisseurs ofsuch matters may cavil)  great. This is the story of a young man so keen tohave …

‘Suffer the little children.’ How the Vatican’s good old boys protected Ireland’s most notorious pedophile priest, Father Tony Walsh.

December 21, 2010 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive, Religion

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant We have been accustomed for years now to the steadydrip, drip, drip of stories of pedophile priests — known,protected, unrelenting, sickening. The drill goes somethinglike this: First, the abuse. Then the denial. Then the acknowledgement. Then the settlement. Then the cash payments. Then the (ordinarily too weak) promisesof new oversight and …

The missed opportunity of December 9, 2010. How Prince Charles in an instant lost the chance to show his stuff and wow us all!

December 19, 2010 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive, World Events

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant The telling picture  flashed round the globe and withinminutes was on the front page of every newspaperon earth:: Prince Charles in black tie… his Duchessof Cornwall, the unmistakable and little loved Camilla,dripping a king’s ransom in ice. Their car underattack and no support from the majesty thatdoth hedge a king. Charles …

Tips for profoundly irritating your customers. Here are the words that’ll do it.

December 18, 2010 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant This is an article a lifetime in the making. It’s aboutthe power of words… in this case the power ofwords to irritate your customers and make themsee red. It’s about carelessness, arrogance,  vanity.It’s about the needless loss of one customer after another,thoughtlessly thrown away, repulsed,  antagonized.And all by you… you who …

"I wonder who’s kissing him now." Marine Commandant General James Amos’ inconvenient jeremiads on "Don’t ask, don’t tell."

December 16, 2010 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive, Life

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant The winds of change are blowing through the militaryestablishment. It is clear that openly gay service personnelare an inevitability and that “Don’t ask, don’t tell” is on itsway out. These days Defense Secretary Robert Gates, a mantrusted by both political parties and the service chiefs,has a message for them all: if …

Kids in your life? The Life Letter is for them — and for you. Start yours today.

December 15, 2010 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive, Family, Health

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant I knew the late Mrs. John (Elizabeth) Edwards was particularlydevoted to her children and family… but when I learned fromher funeral coverage that she had left behind a long letterwhich she had been writing for them over the course of manyyears, my admiration for the lady rose still more.  In my …

An appreciation of the life of Lewis H. Clark, dead at 85, and the community bank he helped craft, Cambridge Trust Company.

December 13, 2010 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

After the economic debacle so many banks contributed to in the last few years, one may wonder whether they deserveany good words at all, much less a stellar recommendation. Most don’t, but Lewis H. Clark and the bank he helped create, certainly do. For here the virtues of old-style community banks are revered, practised, perfected.  …