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Numbers: National Hispanic Heritage Month – Population Stats

We are beginning the second week of National Hispanic Heritage Month – an annual tradition that celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from countries that include Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Spain, and the nations of Central and South America.   National observance of Hispanic heritage began in 1968 under President … Continue reading

Crude Oil and Retail Gas Prices: What a difference a weekend makes

At the close of business (COB) on Friday, September 13, 2019, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) closed on the NYMEX at $54.85 per barrel. GasBuddy.com reported the average price for a gallon of gasoline as  $2.568 for the same time period. However, on Monday, September 16, 2019, NYMEX reported WTI opening at $61.96 per barrel. So … Continue reading

Thrown Under the Bus – Part 11: The Elephant in the Room

“Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.” Mark Twain If you’ve read some of my earlier posts in the Thrown Under the Bus series, you already know that there are lots of things that can “hang you up” in business, STEM, and many other places. This post adds a new item, the elephant in the … Continue reading

International Literacy Day 2019 (ILD2019)

International Literacy Day 2019 (ILD19) is observed annually on September 8th and calls attention to global literacy needs. The theme for 2019 focuses on “Literacy and multilingualism’”. Despite progress made, literacy challenges persist, distributed unevenly across countries and populations. ILD2019 will provide an opportunity to rethink the fundamental importance of the language and its diversity … Continue reading

Immunization Awareness

As we are approach the Labor Day Holiday Weekend here in the U.S., most children have returned to school and football games are the place to be on the weekends. There are new teachers, new students, new classes, new backpacks, new school clothes, new tech tools, new textbooks, etc.  Regrettably, there are also new cases … Continue reading

Some Zika Virus Updates for 2019

Since my last update on the Zika virus (ZIKV) in March 2018, there has been limited coverage of this disease by broadcast and social media. If no news is good news, that may leave some of you thinking that ZIKV is no longer a threat in the Americas and other places around the globe. Nothing … Continue reading

Thrown Under the Bus – Part 10: “The Men Might Rebel” and “Someone Might Get Upset”

“Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.” Mark Twain I am continuing to enjoy the buzz of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing that occurred during the month of July 1969. I’ve also watched selected television specials and read posts about this historic event and the people who made it happen over … Continue reading

Will You Be Hitting the Road for the Independence Day 2019 Holiday Weekend?

We are about one week away from the second holiday of this summer driving season. AAA reports that 49 million people, a record number, are expected to travel for the 4th of July Holiday weekend. Of this number, 41.4 million expect to hit the road with the busiest travel day coming on July 3rd. With … Continue reading

Thrown Under the Bus – Part 9: Triangulation Psychology

“Never underestimate a toxic person’s ability to triangulate people.”  Shannon Thomas Most persons will agree that communication is an important dynamic in personal and professional relationships. There are a number of styles, techniques, tips, etc. that one can draw upon to facilitate good communication between one or more individuals. Here’s one communication strategy, however, that you … Continue reading

Guest Post – Do I Have the Traits of an Inclusive Leader?

Guest Post Author: Sondra Thiederman, Ph.D. This term “leader” has torqued in recent years. Where it used to automatically apply only to those who were at the top of an organization’s hierarchy, it now applies to all of us. This makes sense because, after all, we all lead in one way or another. Whether it be … Continue reading