Living Your Legacy?

I went to a funeral this past week of an old friend from high school.  She was 41 years old, just a few months older than me.  We hadn’t spoken in years, for no other reason other than we just lost touch.  But when I learned of her passing, I felt compelled to go. The very first funeral I ever

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The Ride of My Life

For my 40th birthday, I gave myself permission to loosen up a bit and live less inhibited.  I wasn’t sure how I was going to do that, but I made a decision to get out of my head and Live Out Loud.  I can honestly say that this decision had nothing to do with turning 40 – in fact; I had

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Connecticut: Too soon for Politics

Most of us by now have read countless stories about the tragedy in Connecticut.  And if you can get through an article without weeping uncontrollably, imagining the horror felt by the students, teachers and parents, then you would realize how many lives were lost and how many people will forever be affected by this tragedy.  It’s heartbreaking. All of us

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Wanna Make History?

In March of 2012, Reps. Trent Franks and Jim Costa, introduced House Joint Resolution 106 (H.J. Res. 106), an amendment to the U.S. Constitution which would protect the rights of crime victims.  If this passes, it would be only the 14th time an amendment has been made to the constitution in more than 200 years. In summary, the proposed Constitutional Amendment prohibits denial or

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From the Desk of the FBI:

Ok not really, but close enough. It’s been a few weeks now, since I returned from one of the coolest experiences of my later years.  I was given a wonderful opportunity to speak at the FBI National Academy Association in Dallas, TX.  I really had no idea what I was agreeing to do, but a dear friend of mine recommended

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“Surviving A Tragedy” with Steph Watts

A frank discussion with my dear friend Steph Watt, on the tragedy that devastated Aurora, CO. on July 20, 2012, when James Holmes, 24, opened fire on an unsuspecting crowd of movie goers, killing 12 people and wounding 58 others. We spent the hour discussing high profile cases, the aftermath of such tragic events, and the healing process and the

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Do we really Love Thy Neighbor?

Extending my deepest sympathies to the lives lost and those profoundly impacted by the tragedy in Aurora, CO. It is never easy to hear the gruesome details recalled by witnesses and survivors and it will never make sense to us, as to why these horrific events occur.  I hope that the families, the theatre patrons, employees and law enforcement officials

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A Coach, a Teacher and a Warden

  It’s late on a Friday night and I am sitting on the side of the basketball court on an uncomfortable fold up chair, hoping a cool breeze will break a path through the stale, sweaty air.  I am wedged between a sea of proud parents, who are hypnotized by their kids dribbling up and down the court, over and

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Life

I sat down tonight, wanting to write  some prolific statement about this years observation of my brother’s horrific murder.  But all I did was get stuck on the number 18.  It plays over and over again in my head.  The number has always carried such weight.  Growing up in a Jewish home, there is a lot of hype around 18.

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