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Tim Smith: A Business Confidant. A True Friend

In 1994, I was a snot-nosed rookie PR hack trying to learn the ropes and earn my keep. I was assigned the Village Green account – a still young company already revolutionary in the luxury apartment realm.  My direct contact? Tim Smith. Younger than me by a year but already operating at a much higher … Continued

Sheltered From Reality: We Need Real Dialogue About The North Korean Threat

Yesterday morning in Hawaii, the unthinkable seemed to be happening: A ballistic missile was incoming, the text and highway civil defense systems were warning; with fifteen minutes until impact the citizenry was implored to take cover. Many fled to interior rooms, underground parking garages and even bathtubs to await the worst. Thirty-eight agonizing minutes later, … Continued

Three Billboards, More Life Lessons.

If you have not already seen “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” you should. More than just a movie with an interesting plot garnering rave reviews since its release in recent weeks, the dark comedy is also an examination into the human psyche including how we interact, judge and communicate with each people. As we prepare … Continued

For Radio: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Ever wonder why Christmas music seems to start so early each year? It’s all about dollars and, if you’ll pardon the pun, ‘sense’ with Crain’s Detroit Business reporter Bill Shea taking a look in this week’s issue. His comprehensive examination shows that stations such as WNIC play more of such music because more of us listen, … Continued

Time is Right for Women, Society Seeking Change, Vindication

It’s spreading like wildfire with more women rightly fanning the flames with increasing allegations of sexual harassment and assault. The industries may vary – entertainment, news media, politics – but the playbook is the same: Women allegedly violated by men in a position of power over them, happening in a past climate of threatened careers … Continued

Anti-Gun Lobby Needs More Powder

The more things change the more they stay the same. Whether in a church outside San Antonio where the silence of prayer was suddenly broken by heartache this week or at a concert in Las Vegas where thousands danced before ducking for cover and their lives. Violence and death. Rhetoric and inaction. And guns. Those … Continued