My Latest Posts

Erica

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Today is the anniversary of our daughter Erica’s passing, 16 years ago. She was 8 and died of complications relating to her debilitating disease, Lissencephally. Of course my brother Jeff succumbed to cancer just three days ago, he was 54. … (READ MORE)

Pledge of Allegiance

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In 1969, comic Red Skelton lamented on his weekly television show that the Pledge of Allegiance might someday be considered a “prayer” and eliminated from public schools. He then described an incident from his schoolboy days in Indiana. Skelton’s teacher,… (READ MORE)

Child’s Play

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Child’s Play The holidays. The most traveled days of the year… Let us reflect on why some parents dread family road trips. Is it filling up the gas tank?  Paying Tolls?  What to eat along the way? No -it’s the… (READ MORE)

Desiderata

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Do you recognize when poets use imaginary and rhythm to convey  meanings and emotions? Do you know the differences between poetry and prose? The main difference between Poetry and Prose is… 1. Poetry has rhythm, cadence and rhyming words. 2. Prose… (READ MORE)

My Wedding Ceremony

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The goal of this speech is to deliver a 5-7 minute Mono-drama (a dramatic composition written for one performer). I decided to publicly relive the final moments leading up to the words “You may now kiss the bride.” on my… (READ MORE)

Awesome

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‘Awesome’: The most overused word in English Join the anti-awesome movement and expand your vocabulary with these ‘amazing’ alternatives—45 of them. Now mind you, I don’t want to banish “awesome” entirely. Occasionally, it is the best choice. But I would love to… (READ MORE)

Information Overload

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Have you ever walked into a room with great purpose only to find out that you’re clueless as to why you walked in there? Have you been in the middle of a conversation (or speech) only to have your mind… (READ MORE)

History of Money

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Using visual aids to help inform is a great way to deliver a speech. I gave a presentation on the history of money using the photos to visually support my spoken word. The History of Money   Have you ever wondered … (READ MORE)

3-D Illusion

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Simple but effective 3D illusion make things pop out of the screen. Click to see animated image! White lines define the plane where the screen is, creating a mental division between background, midplane and foreground.

On A Wing & A Prayer

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A Wing and A Prayer By Douglas Bayliss Although we arrived at the Hunterdon County Medical Center without incident, what ensued was something neither one of us was prepared for. We probably should have taken that Lamaze class! After getting checked… (READ MORE)