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With Friends Like These
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With Friends Like These

BY DAVID PERRYMAN The more things change, the more they stay the same. Warren G. Harding, America’s 29thpresident once famously said, “I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies in a fight. But my friends … they’re the ones who keep me walking the floor at nights.” President Harding,…

Angels In The Out Fields
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Angels In The Out Fields

BY DAVID PERRYMAN The 1994 film Angels in the Outfield featured Danny Glover, Tony Danza and Chistopher Lloyd in a family sports fantasy that provided the answer to a young boy’s prayer and along the way engaged the services of a group of angels who helped the California Angels win a pennant and gave him the…

The Value Of An Employee
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The Value Of An Employee

BY DAVID PERRYMAN Retail entrepreneurs have coined enduring mottos designed to invigorate the people who work for them. For instance, Marshall Field was famous for directing his employees to “Give the lady what she wants” and reminding them that “The Customer is Always Right.” What Mr. Field and thousands of other successful CEOs knew was…

Button, Button
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Button, Button

BY DAVID PERRYMAN What do Louisa Mae Alcott’s Little Men, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, David Bowie in Labrynth, and Walt Disney’s version of Alice in Wonderlandall have in common? They all contain a reference to the age-old children’s game, “Button, Button, who’s got the Button? Over the past 150 years, very few of…

An Apple A Day
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An Apple A Day

BY DAVID PERRYMAN We have all heard the common saying, “An apple a day will keep the doctor away.” What most of us don’t know is that it devolved from the 19thCentury Welsh proverb, “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” Both the original proverb and…

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