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Tales Told The Millennials

Decades are acknowledged historical markers, signaling the birth of a new generation, and the transition between adjacent but different cultural times. Since September 2001, the inaudible and noiseless foot of time (1) has advanced by almost two decades. And two generations are now alive who did not see 9/11, and will derive only from school, Read More

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Shakespeare, Patriotism and Exceptionalism

“…there’s not one wise man among twenty that will praise himself.” Much Ado About Nothing, act 5, sc. 2 The term “Patria” or homeland is, of course, of Latin origin, meaning “land of the fathers”. In turn, presidents’ patriotic speeches celebrate the achievements of the inhabitants of their respective “land of the fathers” and, by Read More

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Shakespeare and Autumn

“That time of year thou mayst in me behold When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, Bare ruin’d choirs where late the sweet birds sang….” (SON 73) Autumn, the bright solemn fading of the year – a metaphor for old age… and a reminder that Read More

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Shakespeare, Italian Cities and the Mystery of Things

… And take upon’s the mystery of things (King Lear, act 5, sc. 3) It is good to be home in Portland, after a fast trip with three presentations in Genoa, Turin and Milan – presentations of my book, (title translated), “Our Daily Dante – 3500 ways to get away with it with Dante”. This Read More

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Shakespeare on Equivocation, Confusion and Meaning

“We must speak by the card or equivocation will undo us.” (Hamlet, act 5, sc. 1) Comments. Two historians separated in time by millennia said the same thing, A historian must describe things “as they happened” (wie es eigentlich gewesen), according to Ranke (author of the monumental History of the Popes). Much earlier on Herodotus Read More

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Shakespeare on Procrastination and How to Avoid It

“… that we would do We should do when we would; for this ‘would’ changes And hath abatements and delays as many As there are tongues, are hands, are accidents; And then this ‘should’ is like a spendthrift sigh, That hurts by easing.” (Hamlet act 4, sc. 7) Tips for Use.  Stimulate prompt action after Read More

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Shakespeare on Fate, Destiny and the Powerlessness of Man

“But, orderly to end where I begun, Our wills and fates do so contrary run That our devices still are overthrown; Our thoughts are ours, their ends none of our own.” (Hamlet, act 3, sc. 2) Tips for Use.  An eternal truth rendered in a way that will make you be original when you express Read More

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Shakespeare on Planning, Management Planning and Risk Management

“When we mean to build, We first survey the plot, then draw the model; And when we see the figure of the house, Then must we rate the cost of the erection; Which if we find outweighs ability, What do we then but draw anew the model In fewer offices, or at last desist To Read More

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More things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” (Hamlet act 1, sc. 5) Tips for use. Evasive answer to questions of the type, ‘Why this?’ or ‘Why did you do this?’ when you do not want to give a reason. Perfect during a presentation as an answer Read More

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Brutus, Julius Caesar, a Better Opinion or Better Advice

“Good reasons must, of course, give place to better.”  (Julius Caesar act 4, sc. 3) Tips for use.  To gracefully acknowledge somebody else’s advice on a particular course of action. Useful during a presentation or whenever you must narrate biographical events or details or give explanation as to why you changed your ideas or course Read More

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