Retribution: The Battle for Japan

I just finished reading Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45 by Max Hastings, a history of WWII in the Pacific. It took some time to slog my way through it. Hastings recounts many personal stories he gathered from letters and verbal histories, and I found it difficult to follow the flow of the overall history […]

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Takes the Blame


I met Charles Bolden nearly 25 years ago when he was an astronaut. He spoke at a small seminar and I had the opportunity afterwards to briefly talk to him and get his autograph on the seminar program. I recall lamenting that I was born a bit too soon to take part in […]

Leadership FAIL

The election of Scott Brown as the new U.S. senator from Massachusetts has thrown the health care bill off track. Regardless of whether the bill will improve the health care situation in the U.S. (what is in the bill, anyway?), the tactics used to negotiate the bill offends our innate sense of equality and integrity.