I grew up in poverty and all but dropped out of life at an early age. Only the kindness of a few thoughtful people helped me through the early years. But they were enough. I slowly climbed back into the arena, and worked my way toward a few small goals, eventually earning a survivor's income. When such issues mattered, I earned 3 academic degrees, worked for the government for 20 years, and in the private sector for 25 years. Now, my focus has narrowed to the gentler arts of reading, writing, golfing, and sharing ideas. Mostly I annoy my friends with emails and give them advice they di more...