Upbeat and Downstairs

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Upbeat and Downstairs
Observations, musings, travels, cultural experiences, and reflections on my time living and working in Japan, including photographs along the way.
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  • Societal Shifts Due to COVID-19 2 months ago At this moment, most of the world is under threat from COVID-19, the disease caused by novel coronavirus / SARS-CoV-2, which is dramatically altering social behavior in ways that we may not fully appreciate. Several countries have initiated physical distancing protocols (“social distancing”...
  • This Is Just The Beginning... 4 years ago Conversations while I am on an airplane typically go one of three ways: Exchange some pleasantries, discuss a mundane topic, and then politely go back to my own business Talk for two minutes and then realize I’d rather gouge my eyeballs out with the passenger safety card than continue talking...
  • Blockbuster SCOTUS Week 4 years ago Only a handful of times have the actions of the Highest Court in the United States created such anticipation about heavy, contentious rulings within a few days of each other. This week was one such occasion, including a key ruling about the Affordable Care Act and capped with a rare Friday ruling...
  • Moving Beyond the Quotes: The New Conversation 5 years ago Regardless of how much time you spend visiting LinkedIn, you’ll notice that your feed is interspersed with various inspirational quotes by business and thought leaders. From Bill Clinton to Steve Jobs to Sheryl Sandberg, the quotes are often excellent distillations of their life work, and meant...

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