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ValueSpeak

Jan
22
Posted at 11:19 pm

Nile isn’t a good speechwriter – he’s a great speechwriter. He works in an industry that isn’t really known for elegant syntax and passionate prose. The people with whom he works are super smart, and amazing at being able to figure stuff out. But put them in front of an audience to explain that stuff [...]

Jan
09
Posted at 2:38 am

I’m a sucker for lists. I see a list on some website – you know, the 25 best this, or the 10 worst that – and I’m on it, pointing and clicking feverishly until I’ve consumed every bit of ordered information. I even have a list about lists. It’s called The Top Three Things I [...]

Jan
02
Posted at 12:15 am

We Walkers are word people. It isn’t just what we do, it’s who we are. Among my five children and their respective spouses we have a poet, an attorney, three journalists, two actors/producers, several students and all manner of writers. We do words – personally and professionally. We write. We talk. We argue. And then [...]

I hate New Year’s Eve. I really do. I can’t help it. Every New Year’s Eve, my conscience thinks it has to do one of those “Year in Review” numbers on me. And for some reason, it always seems to play like a sports blooper reel. Let’s go to the video tape: – “Here’s Joe [...]

Dec
19
Posted at 3:32 am

We’re up to our mistletoes in Christmas metaphors this year. Go ahead. Pick a character in the Bible Christmas story. We’ve got a real life metaphor right here, right now in our family. Throw in a few camels, a couple of cows and a ton of hay and we’d give you a living Nativity that [...]

Dec
12
Posted at 5:50 am

My colleague, Martin, is Jewish. Sort of. Pretty much. Well … mostly. He was born into a profoundly orthodox Jewish family. At least, his grandparents were profoundly orthodox, as were his great-grandparents, and great-great-grandparents and so on back to … well … Moses, I guess. His parents – not so much. They didn’t turn away [...]

Dec
05
Posted at 6:37 am

There’s an elephant in the room. And I can’t write about it. That’s frustrating, because writing about elephants is sort of what I do. For nearly a quarter of a century now, I’ve tried to use this space to write about contemporary issues from the perspective of traditional values. Usually I use stories from my [...]

Nov
28
Posted at 4:22 am

I’m not much of a betting man, but if I were I’d give about 100-to-1 odds that within two minutes after time expires in any of the Big Games that will be played during the next month or two, somebody will stick a microphone in the face of some sweaty player who will enthusiastically thank [...]

“Dad, I’ve made an executive decision.” Joe Jr. used to make pronouncements like that when he was a teenager. Back then, what followed was often distressing, if not downright frightening. But since he is now in his mid-thirties and has his own family, car and mortgage, I figured I was in pretty safe territory. “OK,” [...]

Nov
14
Posted at 6:39 am

I totally understand the jubilation you could clearly see on the faces of exuberant European Space Agency (ESA) officials this week when their remarkable Philae landing probe caught up with – and landed on – a comet. I felt the exact same thing when I fixed the door on our washing machine. The glory of [...]