Sweet Things, and a Happy New Year

Business took me to Florence earlier in the week. No, not that Florence! I’m referring to Florence, Pinal County, Arizona. Yes, as faithful readers know, my business involved the prison. And know, there’s nothing to share about that.

What I am writing about is the apple fritter. Here’s the one I bought at Eugene & Kim’s Place.


Look for Eugene & Kim’s Place at 199 E. Butte Ave. in Florence, across the street from the county complex and the old courthouse. (I’ve included a shot of Eugene & Kim’s Place, along with a downtown Florence pic. For… Continue reading

Nonprofits Revisited, and The March

Overhead in the nonprofit sector has been a hot topic for several years. For a long time the consensus said overhead was a pretty good measure of organizational effectiveness. Spending lots = bad; next to nothing = good! Entities focused on overhead to avoid bad ratings from Charity Navigator and other evaluators. Never mind what the group was doing, or that for one group overhead might, in fact, be programmatic expenditures:  just have a low overhead ratio to keep the contributions coming!

Overhead as a measure has similar attributes to those we attach too often to government programs, albeit probably… Continue reading

The Wednesday Curator – 9/17/14

Let’s cut right to the quick. Here’s 9 Habits That Lead to Terrible Decisions, written for the HBR (Harvard Business Review) Blog Report by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman on September 1. No fessing up from me!

Check out The Obamacare Apocalypse from The Daily Show on September 11. Especially great? The speedy and basically silent departure of Betsy McCaughey, health care tool and liar extraordinaire!

For reasons unknown—I mean, why would anyone be focused on Iraq right now?—The Atlantic reposted a piece by James Fallows, an exceptionally talented journalist, titled Blind into Baghdad. It is dated January… Continue reading

The “Dumbing Down” of Our High Court

It takes no heavy lifting to conclude that too many members of Congress are not up to the challenges we face as a nation. (In many instances, the draw for candidate A or B is a lack of knowledge, being “reg’lar,” etc., and many members of Congress grow little once they are elected.)

With Presidents the issue is different. We expect quick, easy, and painless solutions to complicated problems, long in the making. No one delivers, mostly. ‘Nuff said.

From the Supreme Court, however, I think we should expect plenty. By tradition, if not by law, the justices come to… Continue reading

Scheduling Matters; One Other Thing!

So I’ve digested the input about my writing/posting schedule, and I’ve looked at the numbers, and I’ve even done a little bit of research. My conclusion? It’s time for an experiment in the world of “less may be more.”

Look for the following schedule, at least for a while. Posts on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with an occasional single weekend post. Most posts will go up later on the afternoon before the post date, e.g., look for The Wednesday Curator by 6-ish on Tuesday.

Expect Supreme Court material most Tuesdays, The Wednesday Curator, and both lighter and… Continue reading


Fifty-seven arrives for me at 10:35 p.m. on September 14. I don’t recall much anything, truth be told. But I’ve studied up.

I was born in 1957, the bulge year during the baby boom, with 4,308,000 live births. More interesting, maybe? Through 2009 the United States of America has never had more live births than it had in 1957. There’s also evidence that mid-September has the most births in a typical year, so I may have been among the biggest 24-hour cohort ever. As it happens, I don’t think I know any 9/14/1957 people. (I do share my birthday with… Continue reading

Ted Kennedy and Hineni!

I’m a fan! I think Senator Edward Kennedy was an extraordinary public servant whose accomplishments have made life better for all of us. Perfect? Absolutely not. Extraordinarily flawed? Absolutely. No one knows what really happened 45 years ago off Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts, but it was surely nothing good, and a young woman died. Bad!!! And there’s more. Drinking, cheating, etc. Nothing to be proud of, and for way too many years!

Alas, somehow this man found time and energy to accomplish so much. Without Ted Kennedy there is no Affordable Care Act, for his leadership in the late 1960s and… Continue reading

Reading and Books

It’s a book kind of day. First up is encouraging news about the millennials. Adrienne LaFrance for The Atlantic reports on Pew poll in Millenials Are Out-Reading Older Generations. Interesting info; libraries beware!

From BuzzFeed I saw How Many of the Greatest Books by Women Have You Read? by staffer Arianna Rebolini. I skipped it, but I also skipped 100 Must-Read Books: The Essential Man’s Library at artofmanliness.com. Both lists seemed too parochial!

Now, being who I am, Have You Read the 200 ‘Best American Novels’? by Victoria Fleischer for the PBS Newshour caught my eye. The easy answer… Continue reading


I was planning a day off, until I realized it is September 11. That 13 years have passed boggles, truly!

Now, in the prior version of Mark Rubin Writes, I wrote NOTICE: IF YOU’RE A CONVENTIONAL THINKER, DON’T READ THIS POST! I REALLY MEAN IT!. Originally, it was in A Life at 50-ISH.

I argued, back in 2010, that we gave too much credence to what happened on 9/11/2001. Don’t misunderstand me, please. What happened was horrible beyond words, and I cannot imagine facing the task of responding “appropriately.” But, we were then and are now and have been for… Continue reading

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