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The downside of being an expat: Saying Good Bye

Going through some old files looking for something and I came across this 2007 The Expat Life column about the sadness that descends every June as dear friends move on. Just thought I'd share. ** Summer is the transient time of the year…

9-11, 15 YEARS LATER: STILL RAW

Reposted today, as I do every year on this date. I don’t think the words will ever be any less true. The following summer I visited the Flight 93 crash sight in Shanksville, PA and paid my respects. All the same feelings… Fifteen…

Rebecca's speech at The Michigan Daily 125th Anniversary gala

While waiting to receive a copy of the video, I've posted a written copy of Rebecca's speech from the Michigan Daily's 125th Anniversary dinner. I will post the video as soon as I have it. It was an honor to help Becky craft this speech. The…
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9-11 14 Years Later: Still Raw

Reposted as I will every year on this date. I don't think the words will ever be any less true. The following summer I visited the Flight 93 crash sight in Shanksville, PA and paid my respects. All the same feelings... Fourteen years…
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Wild Great Wall hike with my Dad was a memorable one

Six years after moving back from Beijing, I no longer think about my three and a half formative years in China on a daily basis. Repatriation is a long process and now the whole experience has been processed through my system and simply become…
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Why I'm driving to Pittsburgh for a baseball game

Tomorrow morning, I will see my kids off to school, kiss Becky good bye, gas up my Chevrolet and drive 357 miles from my New Jersey home to see a baseball game in my hometown of Pittsburgh. It was not a difficult decision. The NL Wildcard…
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When Dixie met Woodie

As detailed in Big in China, when my father, Dixie Doc, visited Beijing in July, 2008, he played two gigs with Woodie Alan. We transformed into a passable Dixieland jazz abnd for about 4 songs per night... "All of Me," "Bill Bailey," "When the…

Rebecca gender gap panel and article

My wife Rebecca Blumenstein moderated a gender gap talk at WSJ CEO  Council in Washington last week. This was a continuation of the women's leadership conference she organzied and ran last April in Florida and which will be reprised this…

Rebecca interviews Condi Rice

When Condi Rice dropped by the WSJ today, Rebecca sat down with her for "The Big Interview." Funny, she didn't use any of my suggested questions this time.
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Hometown girl does good... Chinese army hoops team does bad.

Rebecca cringed, but still I promote. This is a classic "hometown girls does good" story in yesterday's Bay City Times. She just has to get more used to some public acclaim. I am going to work with her on getting a better headshot, though.…