Pat Piper has made a career learning something new. As a journalist in the news business, “something new” occurs every hour so he’s becoming an expert at understanding stuff he never thought about. Learning became a common word in “Future Talk: Conversations About Tomorrow” (Warner Books), the popular book he ghostwrote with Larry King as […]

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    Archive for July, 2020

    December 31 2020

    By on July 29, 2020 in See It Here

    When we reach the end of 2020 (and I do believe we’ll do that), here is what we will face:

    (1) Dr. Fauci will be Time’s “Person of the Year” and someone we’ve heard about will be furious.

    (2) Speaking o which, Donald Trump will continue name-calling tweets despite losing on November 3rd.

    (3) There will be series of temporary coronavirus bailouts because Congress won’t have agreed on a single plan.

    (4) Schools across the nation will begin in-class lessons.

    (5) Melania will file for divorce.

    (6) The coronavirus will still be with us.

    (7) Mitch McConnell will lose his campaign for a 7th term bit if I’m wrong,  efforts will begin on November 4 about term limits for Congress..

    (8) The Story of the Year will be how the U.S. completed screwed up handling the coronavirus and anyone accused will say “nope, not me.”

    (9) Ron Wood will continue to prove health experts wrong.

    (10) Westwood One News will be remembered as a terrific news organization

    The Problem

    By on July 7, 2020 in See It Here

    If I had kids, there would be a moment when I’d have to sit down with them and use the Marvin Gaye line-“What’s Going On”?

    Note: I’m glad I don’t have children:

    Second Note: The song was written in 1971 about a police brutality incident.

    But I would make the following points:

    *These are unique moments when people are angry. Now, there is always anger. You see it in school (and at home). But when you are angry–bad decision are made. The lesson is to be strong enough to pause and see the big picture.

    *Don’t respond to anger with anger. During the “pause,” let the other person vent and yell. Then ask if they are ready to talk.

    Since we are talking about children, keep it to two or three points.

    Watching-listening-reading President Trump’s campaign rants makes one think he oughta follow that guidance.

    Bottom Line: Pointing fingers doesn’t fix anything.

    Marvin Gaye saw it:

    “Don’t punish me with brutality
    Talk to me, so you can see.”