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History Lesson No. 3: Seward’s Folly

William H. Seward served as our Secretary of State in the 1860s and is widely remembered for getting the U.S. to buy Alaska from Russia. (Who knew countries bought states from each other?) It took forever to get the treaty through Congress, but the agreement was finally signed on March 30, 1867. We bought that… Continue Reading

Merry Christmas

  The following is an excerpt from the forthcoming book, Sure Dad, That’s How It Happened.   One year, my friend Lee invited me to join his family for Christmas. Being a good Jewish boy, this was a holiday I had never celebrated, but was not unfamiliar with its various customs, and such. We drove… Continue Reading

Blame It on the Genes

Unfortunately, children aren’t born with instruction manuals. Parents can easily read plenty of books that offer helpful hints about how to properly rear their offspring. However, equally unfortunately, our only real exposure to parenting is the memory we have from our very own moms and dads raising us. OY!  We can all complain about the… Continue Reading

Take a Letter 

Secretaries, in the traditional business environment, no longer exist. That term is so last century, as they are now called administrative assistants or administrative aides. That’s appropriate, as the outdated secretary title evokes images of ladies playing a very subservient role, getting coffee for the boss and sitting on his lap taking shorthand. Thankfully today,… Continue Reading

Military Madness 

Our Armed Forces, both veterans and those currently serving, deserve our utmost gratitude and respect. Without them, we literally wouldn’t be here, enjoying the freedoms they continue to protect. And it is only through their sheer determination, perseverance and dedication that many climb the ladder to achieve the high ranks of leadership during their careers.… Continue Reading

Short and Sweet 

Why, oh why, do some people insist on wasting our time by going on and on when they deliver a message? You know who they are. What can be said in a sentence is often spoken or written in endless paragraphs? Whyyyyyy?  Do they simply like to hear themselves talk? Yes. Do they think we’re… Continue Reading

Take Me Out To The Ballgame 

I really enjoy baseball―it’s been “berry, berry good to me” (credit the infamous SNL’s Garrett Morris routine). Some non-followers (in my very own family, no less) compare viewing a game on TV to watching paint dry. Oh, how unobservant they are. Seeing the athleticism, strategy and excitement of a close game is lots of fun,… Continue Reading

STAMP OUT BREAST CANCER

Since 2000, Sure Dad has participated in major walking events to raise money for breast cancer. He has raised over $330,000 in total to combat this dreadful disease, and currently is sponsored for over $45,000 per event. His crazy and lovable cousin Hayda succumbed to breast cancer when she was in the prime of her… Continue Reading

Statistics 101

You can do anything with numbers. You can add, subtract, multiply, divide. But almost as importantly, you can use numerical information to justify virtually anything. Or you can use stupid (and mostly made-up) statistics to come to the most illogical and absurd conclusions. For instance, if 5 percent of U.S. car owners drive hybrid autos,… Continue Reading

New Year’s Resolutions Redux

OK, so raise your hand if you’ve, yet again, wasted your time embarking on that fruitless effort, making a list of ways to better yourself this year. Don’t you ever learn? Don’t you know that if you’re anything like me (God forbid), you will be lucky to last a week before breaking every one of… Continue Reading