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My Dad: A WW II US Veteran

My Dad: A True Artist When Laguna Beach was truly an “artists’ town.” When young and old creatives flocked there instinctually like birds to Capistrano, it was the North Beach of San Francisco, the Greenwich of New York and the North Bank of Paris. My father quit his senior executive job at Northrup Grumman in […]

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When I Was a Beatnik or How I Became a Poet

When I Was a ‘Beatnik’ “How I Became a Poet” By Mark Baird In the 1950s and early 1960s the teenagers and college students that were artistic and anti-establishment were labeled as “Beatniks.” They were influenced a lot by growing up during World War II, French philosophy and music, Existentialism, jazz and poetry. Ezra Pound, […]

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Celebrate Easter Every Day!

We are all born selfish. It is this survival instinct to seek our own self-interests that runs the world politics and economy. Look where that attitude has gotten us. Our world is full of war, death, poverty, hunger and suffering. Our ecology is dying because of our narcissism. And with nuclear weapons, we are always […]

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Can you keep your lifestyle into retirement?

I’m 57 and staring retirement in the face as are most of my friends. Some of us thought we would already be retired but life happened and threw off our plans. In our prime earning years we were downsized, rightsized and forced out. We found the 50+ job market not very friendly; it was time […]

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Two Poems for Valentine’s Day

1. Incomparable I’ve seen granite exposed on mountain peaks Glow from grey to rose to blue, Even seagulls soar and pelicans glide Over a sea with the rainbow’s hue. But of all this world’s wonders, I’ve known of nothing to compare With the beauty of your heart: So open, trusting, bare. 2. Cosmological The boundaries […]

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Why Veterans and Civilian Employers Have So Much Trouble Communicating… Lida Citroën Contributor

2015 STATE OF THE UNION  IN HIS 2015 STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS TO CONGRESS, PRESIDENT OBAMA ENCOURAGED AMERICAN EMPLOYERS TO “HIRE A VETERAN” IF THEY WANT TO GET THE JOB DONE. VETERANS BRING HIGH LEVELS OF INTEGRITY, COMMITMENT, LOYALTY, FLEXIBILITY, SKILLS AND TALENTS LEARNED IN HIGH RISK, HIGH STRESS SITUATIONS, PLUS THE ABILITY TO […]

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Business Start-up

There are very few things in the business world which are as challenging as a new start-up business.Regardless of how much experience the new business owner may possess this will be no guarantee of success, because there are so much uncertain areas about that new business which has to be learned as you go along. […]

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A Day in the Life of Mark & Tori

My wife, Tori, and I founded HirePatriots and have worked at it virtually every waking hour of everyday for the last 10 years. We are motivated by faith in a vision and empowered by a passion that provides constant strength and endurance. We are Christians and we are certain that this is God’s plan and […]

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Egypt Swarms with Locust before Passover: Video

Egypt is used to locusts. It happens often. But this year is different. They are calling it a ‘plague’ of locust. It is somewhat ironic that this is happening at approximately the same time period before the Jewish Passover as it occurred in the Bible. The Jewish ‘Passover’ refers to the last plague that Jehovah […]

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