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The Roel Report

Small Talk in a Time of Terror

Over the past year, I’ve been taking a train into New York City a couple of times a week–not an unpleasant trip, for the most part, provided there aren’t any equipment problems or extreme weather conditions. In which case, well...keep calm and carry on. You have no choice. I usually see the same [...]

WHY BIRDS MATTER

Why Birds Matter? Every year, in between Tax Day and May Day, millions of people celebrate Earth Day, and while I am among them, my personal appreciation for the planet does not peak until the late spring and early summer. The reason: the arrival of the birds. Many migratory birds fly thousands [...]

RETIRING THE R-WORD

I RECENTLY SPENT A LONG WEEKEND IN CONNECTICUT, re-connecting with the far-flung classmates at my 40th  Yale reunion.  Normally, when I go to such events, I try not to have any great expectations.  No expectations, no disappointments. Of course, with no expectations, I was rewarded with the unexp[...]

WHAT'S IN A NAME? YOU TELL US!

ABOUT A MONTH AFTER LAUNCHING THIS SITE, I was at a conference speaking about job-hunting skills needed to succeed in today’s improving (but still tough) economy. The program covered  job-seekers at any age, but ended up focusing on the issues facing  our audience of mostly 40-somethings—and there[...]