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I recently happened to watch Goodfellas, which received 6 Academy Award nominations, and for which Joe Pesci won the award for Best Supporting Actor. Although the film itself is quite violent, two aspects elicited a warm reminiscence and also a special message about life in general.

Joe was raised in my old stomping grounds in Newark, New Jersey, so from time-to-time we connected, especially since he was a rock musician during his teens. He played guitar with several bands,...Read more

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), about 50 million Americans currently suffer from seasonal allergies. And the intensity and number of allergenic reactions will increase dramatically over the next three decades—primarily due to climate change.

The EPA bases their conclusions and concerns on two effects due to rapidly increasing climate change. The first is that many allergenic plants thrive in warm climates, and the earth’s average surface temperature continues to rise and the rate of change is increasing...Read more



Sam Polk, a former Wall Street hedge-fund trader confesses in an editorial in today’s International New York Times [January 20, 2014]: “In my last year on Wall Street my bonus was $3.6 million—and I was angry it wasn’t big enough. I was 30 years old, had no children to raise, no debts to bay, no philanthropic goals in mind. I wanted more money for the same reason an alcoholic need another drink: I was addicted.”

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I have felt for a very long time that business is the strongest force on the planet and our only hope to minimize the impending catastrophic effects of climate change. Governments won’t do it because most politicians, who normally face 4-year in-office cycles, prize the votes of their constituencies.  But finally we see a growing number of corporations putting their money and action behind their rhetoric. A recent article in the New York Times supports this trend in...Read more


Do you have children, or if not, perhaps a soft spot in your heart for them? If so, with the rest of us in the so-called developed world, you might consider, “What kind of future are we creating for them?”

On Monday, November 25 the International New York Times ran an editorial entitled, “Climate Crisis: Who will act?” by Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations. He highlights the results of the recently published Intergovernmental Panel...Read more



After our wedding on July 9, 2003 in Montecito, California, Inez and I decided to head further west to the big island of Hawaii for our honeymoon. After rest, relaxation and experiencing a number of tourist attractions, a good friend who lives on the island introduced us to Hale Makua, a shaman and spiritual guide to the people of the south-sea islands. He felt that Hale would be an excellent source of the history of the island.

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James A. Cusumano, Ph.D., co-owner of Chateau Mcely, successful CEO, and renowned speaker and author, successfully launched the Czech edition of his latest book BALANCE: The Business-Life Connection (ROVNOVÁHA: Spojení práce a života) with the book's "Godmother” Barbara Nesvadbová at Palác knih Luxor, Wenceslas Square 41, Prague 1. 


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I won’t get off my climate change bandwagon until I am convinced our children and theirs will have a safe and sustainable future on this planet. On that note, an editorial by Nicholas Kristof in the International New York Times [January 20, 2014] is scary. He points out that a recent survey revealed that 77% of Americans believe there are signs we have been visited by aliens, while only 44% believe that humans are contributing to climate change. Amazing! What...Read more

Invitation to the launch of James Cusumano's book Balance: The Business-Life Connection 

James A. Cusumano, Ph.D., co-owner of Chateau Mcely, successful CEO, and renowned speaker and author, cordially invites you to the launch of the Czech edition of his latest book BALANCE: The Business-Life Connection (ROVNOVÁHA: Spojení práce a života).

You can join us and Barbara Nesvadbová, the book's "Godmother."

The main principles of the book are based on more than 25 years of experience, in which Jim and his colleagues...Read more