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By | July 2, 2019

When I was 14 my father paid a doctor $250 to sedate me heavily and then had me shipped via air freight to a museum in Duluth, MN. The awkward part was, of course, that the shipping company disregarded the “THIS END UP” on the box and transported me with my head down and my feet up. When… Read More »

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Woo-hoo! Op-ed in the Washington Post

By | May 12, 2018

Guess who got their op-ed about ethics printed in today’s Washington Post? Woo-hoo! You can read the column here or see the print image of the column here. A few people have asked how it came to be — the answer is, I idly put in a few tweets the other day, found them somewhat amusing, and decided… Read More »

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Strangers at a bar

By | January 17, 2017

… “So there I was, working construction, doing site cleanup work where a new office tower was going up, okay? “And I came across this little bottle buried in the mud. Nothing special to look at. Little brown bottle with a cork in. Pretty well buried when I came across it. Who knows how long it’d been down… Read More »

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From the vault: Mindsets and You

By | March 21, 2014

(I wrote this in the early 1990s when I was a humble student in the Master of Public Administration program at Virginia Tech. Be gentle. That was a lifetime ago.) Here we are now, some years after… Suppose you’re out at the grocery store one Saturday after­noon, dressed in jeans and a work shirt, picking up a few… Read More »

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Substitute Teaching

By | September 9, 2013

(I originally wrote this in 1997. I had it up on the old version of the furrs.org website before I took it down and replaced it with the current WordPress-based version. ) Ever been a substitute teacher? I have. It was the spring of 1989. I was studying toward a Master of Public Administration degree at Virginia Tech, the… Read More »

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