Religious Discrimination

Jan. 30, 2017 –  Ian Lustick, professor of comparative politics and political science at the University of Pennsylvania and author of “Trapped in the War on Terror,” told On Point host Tom Ashbrook Monday that President Trump’s executive order concerning … Continue reading

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Trump’s Trouble With Words…

For those of you who do not know my background, I taught college Communication classes for close to 20-years. One of the classes I developed was Political Communication, which examined U.S. presidential speeches and papers from George Washington’s Farewell Address … Continue reading

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The POTUS Shield

I am celebrating my 30th year as an atheist. Though I was raised Jewish and wanted to be a Cantor as a young man, today I do not believe in a god or gods. I have read most of the … Continue reading

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Dealing With My Skin Cancer

For my friends who could not open my Columbia Missourian column if December 21, 2016… I woke up on a Friday morning a couple of weeks ago from a long and restful sleep. I was feeling pretty good about life and … Continue reading

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An Unsettled Complaint

I have been quite annoyed reading posts from my fellow atheists as of late. There seems to be a lot of anger concerning religion in general, resulting in a lot of foul language and demeaning accusations (justified or not). We … Continue reading

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Warming the Speaking Voice

One thing most professional speakers and writers of speech communication do not mention is the care of the tool you use for public speaking – your voice. “But I speak all day. Why warm up my voice for a speech?” … Continue reading

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7 Points to Active Listening

I have seen the experiment done over and over again in colleges and universities. In fact, in his book How to Win Friends & Influence Strangers, Dale Carnegie tells copious stories about effective communication by not speaking at all. Most … Continue reading

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The “Other” Business Organization

You go to work each day with the knowledge that you know who your boss is. You should also know his boss and so on. The problem is simple: these may not be the people of influence in the office. There … Continue reading

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Busy Hands – Nonverbals in Business Speech

She sat a few chairs down from me at a meeting. We were asked to introduce ourselves and talk about our business for about one-minute. It was not what she said, but her body language that caught my attention. She … Continue reading

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Self-Editing of Business Communication

Let me start by saying that it is always better to have an independent set of eyes read your copy before you publish it. And it should be someone who, as a friend of mine would say, is willing to … Continue reading

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