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The Expert Next Door

The Expert Next Door

Whatever your political orientation, we can all agree that America in late 2020 has big problems.  A few years ago, I came across a neat approach to solving really tough problems called positive deviance.  This powerful approach deserves a catchier name but that's...

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A Brief Pause in My Coronavirus Venting

A Brief Pause in My Coronavirus Venting

Civil rights icon John Lewis died a couple weeks ago and America mourns.  You hear the words he uttered over the course of a remarkable life and wonder if this guy was human.  Indeed, a CNN commentator likened him to a saint.  Here’s a guy who had his head beaten in...

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Wealth Is Health

Wealth Is Health

In my last post I explored the surprising finding that middle class and affluent African-Americans lead shorter lives on average than white people with similar incomes.  Why talk about Blacks who are at the higher end of the socioeconomic spectrum when impoverished...

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Another Kind of Deadly Force

Another Kind of Deadly Force

The tragic death of George Floyd and the protests that followed have made me realize how little I know about what it means to be black in today’s America.  I’ve had a comfortable white upbringing and although I’ve had contact with many African-Americans at school and...

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Dithering in the Big Apple

Dithering in the Big Apple

Zip code 11355 sits deep inside Queens in the Flushing section.  It borders Corona, which is one of the zip codes worst hit by coronavirus.  93% of the citizens of 11355 are minority and its median household income is significantly below the borough’s average.  In...

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Coronavirus Heroes & Villains

Coronavirus Heroes & Villains

In times of crisis, there are always those cool-headed heroes that use their brains and the brawn to help others.  Like the 9/11 firefighters who rushed into the burning World Trade Center tower and ran up the stairs to their deaths.  And at the other end of the...

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Coping with Coronavirus

Coping with Coronavirus

“…when the fear strikes we push it forward, change its shape, alter its impact. We have it but we don’t let it have us. Coronavirus panic is natural, but if our fear is going to be there, we might as well put it to use and make it work for us.” -Rare liver disease...

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