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Your Beehive Has No Queen

Connecting War and Peace with Today’s Organizations Leo Tolstoy was an avid beekeeper who carefully observed the dying beehive and used it as a metaphor in War and Peace  (Vol. III, Part Three, Chap. XX) for the condition of Moscow when Napoleon entered the … Continue reading

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Clock Hands, No Mechanism

Connecting War and Peace with Today’s Leader As promised my new posts this year will connect whatever classic literature I am currently reading to the modern work, family, or personal life. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy’s magnificent work about Napoleon’s invasion … Continue reading

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A Distractable Mind

Connecting Of Human Bondage and Value… Most human beings have an inexplicable capacity to endure and adapt to enormous pain, either from illness or injury, from disabilities, or from cruelty at the hands of other human beings. Connecting the novel Of Human … Continue reading

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What We Can Learn from Batman’s Manservant

Connecting “progress” and “cruelty” in workplaces, communities, and relationships… In the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises Bruce Wayne has not been able to progress in living, bound as he is to the past in which he believes his girlfriend … Continue reading

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Grimm’s Tales, Stealing, and Becoming a Billionaire

Connecting Grimm’s Fairy Tales with Complexity I approached this connection by considering which of the Grimm’s tales has the most complexity.  This lead me to the tale of “The Two Brothers” and from there to reassurance that creativity is available … Continue reading

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French Toast or Arsenic?

Connecting the novel Madame Bovary and Time One idea in philosophy about the nature of human identity is that of temporal parts, that our identity is the accumulation of time slices throughout our lives.  In this view Emma Bovary, the … Continue reading

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When You Look at Me Who Do You See?

Connecting the movie A History of Violence and the Verdi opera Aida When I pass you in the corridors in the office or stand silently beside you in the elevator and you look at me, who do you see? The … Continue reading

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Corned Beef and Getting Angry

Connecting Martin Luther and Cooking I brined a beef brisket for ten days recently. Ten days it lay covered in a bath of salt, sugar, spices, berries, and seeds. Ten days getting ready.  But I could have prepared it in … Continue reading

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A Glimpse of Joy

Connecting “Technology” with “Family”  Warning: if you do not have a taste for fairy tales or fantasy, you may not be able to understand or appreciate what I found when I connected the randomly chosen concepts of “family” and “technology”.  … Continue reading

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Amnesia and Innovation

My first experiment in random connecting and I almost threw the first two words back. The first two  – “Memento” (a 2000 Christopher Nolan movie) and “innovation”. This is too easy.  Here’s the connection – Memento was an innovative movie.  … Continue reading

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