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A Soldier’s pride: ‘I have big shoes to fill’

The importance of his duty shined on the face of Sgt. Pablo Perez. The crisply pressed camo, the highly polished black boots, the friendly smile told the visitor that this was a man in the right place at the right … Continue reading

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More dangerous than Congress: Clueless CEOs

I’ve decided after watching a couple more episodes of the TV show “Undercover Boss” that the greatest threat to the U.S. economy is clueless CEOs. They are a more serious threat than the U.S. Congress. If you’ve not seen the … Continue reading

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Time to vote for the builders

I never personally met Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, who died last week, but I saw the work he had done in the city for the past two decades. When I returned to the city in the early 1970s after college, … Continue reading

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Help ALICE end the politics of cynicism

ALICE handed you your coffee as you passed through the drive-through this morning. ALICE was also driving the ambulance that passed you, lights on, sirens sounding as you pulled over and wondered who was in the back being medically treated. … Continue reading

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Change is easy: Just do it

It was an old dusty lot along River Styx Road in Hopatcong. Weed filled, marked by an old wall and the angular concrete slab of a forgotten bar, another sign of stagnation in a Lake Hopatcong town where, some said, … Continue reading

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A real 2014 horror story

While researching the topic of mobile health services for an article I was writing, I came across this report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In June 2012, The foundation supported a symposium by The Institute for Alternative Futures that … Continue reading

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JIAM14: Going Public…In Shorts. Diane Havens reads Walt Whitman’s ‘So Long’

Michael Daigle: What a pleasure to participate in another version of June Is Audio Book Month promoted by Spoken Freely, a group of more than 40 professional narrators. They have teamed with Going Public, and Tantor Media to offer Summer … Continue reading

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June is Audiobook Month begins

The audiobook community is giving back! Spoken Freely, a group of more than 40 professional narrators, has teamed with Going Public and Tantor Media to celebrate June is Audiobook Month (JIAM) by offering Summer Shorts ’14, an audio collection of … Continue reading

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These jobs are going, boys, and they ain’t coming back

They are the ghosts of good ideas, now abandoned. They are the office parks, four-story buildings, industrial complexes, empty car dealerships, half-filled shopping centers, all the things our commerce demanded and then discarded. These are the places Bruce Springsteen sang … Continue reading

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A sailor’s life: Little America, 1939-1941

In 1939, my father, Joseph Austin Daigle, 21, was a member of the crew that accompanied Adm. Richard E. Byrd on a two-year voyage to Antarctica, a mission known as “Little America III.” This is the 74th anniversary of the … Continue reading

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