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Are you ready for the second half?

We are over four weeks into physical separating and the shutdown of all nonessential businesses. The game isn’t over. COVID-19 is a challenging and persistent opponent. I teach my players to never fear and always respect their opponents. No opponent can ever be taken lightly, especially ...

Mowing, gardening and a positive attitude

Mowing season has begin in Eastern Ohio, where the grass will grow without any concern for the novel coronavirus pandemic that presently occupies all our minds. Already, I have mowed lawns once and at this writing they are due for another cutting. Doing that outdoor task takes my mind to ...

Protecting Ohioans from coronavirus scams

While our first priority is keeping Ohioans healthy and safe, we must also take steps to protect Ohioans’ financial wellbeing. We’ve seen reports indicating that scammers are targeting and taking advantage of Ohioans during this scary and confusing time. These scammers particularly prey ...

Simple gestures that mean a great deal

Remember when everyone used to wave at one another? When I was small, I thought that drivers were obligated to acknowledge each other as they passed on the road. Wherever I went with my parents or my older brother, it seemed people knew us and wanted to say hello. My dad even had a certain ...

Faith will bring resurrection for all

Easter used to be a big holiday for the Serrentino family. Anthony and Sarah Serrentino and their three children celebrated by attending Sunday services and then preparing and eating a lavish family dinner at their home in Freeport, NY. For several years after, 23-year-old Maria Serrentino ...

A time for new beginnings and positivity

I can still remember a high school soccer playoff game we lost, over 10 years ago. It was a hard- fought close game. One leadership key we teach our seniors is to take responsibility. Our team didn’t like some of the referee’s calls. I don’t believe in yelling at officials. They have a ...

Easter is beautiful, child abuse ugly

Well, what a difference a month makes, right? I pen this article for the first Sunday of each month (for those who keep asking me when). I might comment on the coronavirus before I’m done, but you’re probably tired of hearing about it. The month of April holds a couple of very ...

The cost of globalization; manufacture at home

I hope you are doing well in your physical separation. My wife, Lynnda has always enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles. Now I am helping her. It is more enjoyable and thought provoking than I thought. It is a project we can do together. I hope you are housebound with people you like and enjoy being ...

Giving comfort to the most essential workers during difficult time

In the face of this unprecedented global pandemic, new phrases like “social distancing” and “flatten the curve” have quickly entered our American lexicon. But as government officials, business owners and front-line personnel around the world grapple with challenges we never could have ...

Relish the opportunity to stay at home

Stay home! That seems easy enough. Goodness knows that at many workplaces in America, you hear all too often how your coworkers just want to go home. Now that so many Americans have the perfect opportunity to spend time at home with their families, it seems that many of them would rather be ...

Do something more positive today

Last week was a struggle. In life, I have experienced losses, failures and challenges. This feeling was different. It was more like depression. It is an unusual emotion for me. The last time I experienced it was in November after my injury. I was in the hospital stuck in bed because I ...

Theft of U.S. research must be stopped

The United States is home to the best universities and research institutes in the world. The work being done in labs and classrooms across the country facilitates life-saving medical advances, bolsters our national security and profoundly changes the way we live. Our research enterprise has ...

Changing times and things you can count on

Last week was a doozie. Seven days ago, we were just hearing that the novel coronavirus was starting to spread through the United States from the initial pockets of infection on the coasts. Already, it has arrived here in Belmont County. During the days in between, we saw our colleges and ...

Incentive to heed coronavirus warnings

We all need incentive. If we don’t have it, everything grinds to a halt in our lives. But if we do have it, it is surprising what we can accomplish. Dr. Charles Simonton wrote a book called “Getting Well Again,” that shows how incentive plays a big role in fighting disease. Simonton, a ...

A time for truth — weathering crisis together

Thursday evening, I was a guest on the nationally syndicated Jim Bohannon radio show. For me it was an honor. Back in the days when I spent a lot of time in the field, I listened to Jim’s show late at night while traveling. He kept me awake. On Thursday we discussed gasoline prices, ...

Bargaining with the devil in Afghanistan

President Trump was rightly critical of the deal struck with Cuba during the Obama administration when he said the communist Cuban government got everything they wanted, and the U.S. got nothing in exchange. He has thankfully been reversing some of those unilateral concessions. Let’s apply ...

Identity politics doesn’t work here in America

Was being a woman Elizabeth Warren’s problem? That’s the wrong question. Was playing the protector of all damsels from that infamous rake, Mike Bloomberg, her problem? It was one of them, for certain. Look what’s happening in the world. Warren was a candidate of ideas with ...

Robert Durst: Is he America’s wealthiest serial killer?

The strange little man currently on trial for a 2000 murder in Los Angles admits he has killed before. He is now charged with putting a 9-millimeter bullet into the head of his longtime friend, Susan Berman. In 2001 in Texas, this man admitted he shot his aggressive next-door neighbor in ...

Spring is in the air and signs are everywhere

It’s here! Oh, all right. I know it isn’t really — officially — here, if you want to believe what the calendar tells you. But, I still feellike spring has arrived. The signs of the season are everywhere, after all. Daffodils and hyacinths are sprouting through the soil in my flower ...

Through it all, the show must go on!

Coronavirus is impacting all sorts of business Last weekend when I was in Houston for our National Speakers Association Winter Conference, one of the topics discussed was the coronavirus. For professional speakers, it is a big concern since speaking at conventions or conferences is a major ...