Gary Conkling Life Notes

Mostly whimsical reflections on life

A Bully’s Pulpit

Donald Trump is a bully. He insults, mocks and belittles. Bullying is his modus operandi. It seems to be the only thing he has really mastered. It may the only … Continue reading

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Making July 4 an American Declaration of Equality

For many modern-day Americans, the 4th of July is all about hot dogs, beer and fireworks. For Revolutionary-day Americans, the idea for a celebration was about something else. The Declaration … Continue reading

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The Fight for Freedom – and for Privacy

Our contemporary battle over privacy is a direct descendant of the 20th Century battle for freedom. Two men who stood for freedom against massive odds may have invaluable guidance for … Continue reading

June 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Beware Digital Deception on Steroids

Technology already exists enabling marketers to cut a TV commercial featuring actress Jennifer Aniston with flawless skin, giving a cosmetic commercial in English and perfect Mandarin. Aniston is 44 years … Continue reading

April 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Migration and Making the Nation Even Greater

We all are migrants or sons and daughters of migrants. We know it in our bones and DNA. From all evidence, migration on earth appears as old as mankind. Humans, … Continue reading

April 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Facing the Face of Mortality

It is not always easy to see mortality in the mirror. It is much easier to see it in the face of an aging parent. Facing up to mortality is … Continue reading

February 21, 2018 · Leave a comment