Hold Onto Your Saxophone

There’s a great scene in the movie Bird (1988), Clint Eastwood’s biopic of famed jazz man Charlie Parker, in which a young musician goes to a club to hear Parker play.   Bird (as Parker was called) is so naturally gifted that the musician in the audience leaves the club in…

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Gridlock at the Plaza

  When does the puppet-master become the puppet?   Not that often, probably, but that’s exactly what happened to me last month at the annual NASAGA conference.  (NASAGA, by the way, stands for the North American Simulation and Gaming Association — a “network of professionals dedicated to the design, implementation, and…

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Pushing the Envelope

It’s 1987 and I’m living in Shimonoseki, Japan – a non-descript town of 100,000 known primarily for its production of the poisonous delicacy, fugu (blowfish). Although here, ostensibly, to teach English to junior high school students, only I know the real truth.  Inside, I’m Indiana Jones.  I am an adventurer!…

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Pete Carroll and Grit

In a recent Sports Illustrated article titled “Pete Carroll, NFL’s Eternal Optimist, is Ready to Turn Heartbreak into Triumph”, the beleaguered coach of the Seattle Seahawks discusses how he dealt with his team’s crippling, final-seconds loss to the New England Patriots in last season’s Superbowl.  Says Carroll, “[I] grieved for…

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