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Our disunity and divisiveness will end up destroying us. Is that what we really want?

Jan 6. It was a snow day here in South Korea. We had just received 3 inches of snow overnight. In a country that rarely sees that amount of snow, it paralyzes everything. So, we were on a delayed reporting schedule.

So I got some extra sleep in the morning.

But what a day the morning would bring.

I went through my usual morning ritual, although it was at a much slower pace. I thought I would get on the internet for a couple of minutes and check out the news.

I could scarcely believe what I was seeing, reading…


An unexpected change in jobs teaches me a lot about the importance of good workplace culture.

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Eight months ago, I found myself in a work environment that was so toxic that it was all I could do not to walk ‘out the door’ and take early retirement. I was working on an information technology team where the customer thought the best way to manage our contract was to find every possible way to write a deficiency report on our work. To make matters worse, I had a project manager who was ‘brainwashed’ by corporate management in believing that the personnel at our worksite were a bunch of ‘losers.’

I was working two full completely different full-time…


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How a Medium Partner Program check and some unexpected praise rekindled my passion for writing

It’s been a long time since I’ve published anything on Medium. Far too long.

Not even four short months ago, blogging was my passion — almost an obsession.

Then, my life was turned upside-down.

In four short months, I lost my job, moved (not once, but twice), attempted to retire, and then was lured back into the workforce but what I consider my dream job. …


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A 50-word micro-fiction inspired by ‘the fickle finger…


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These cross-country afternoons with friends were one of the highlights of my life in Colorado.

Cross country skiing is certainly not the most’ extreme’ outdoor winter sports activity that anyone could take up. But there is nothing like cross-country skiing as a perfect way to spend a late winter or early spring afternoon.

The coolest thing about cross country skiing is that you can do it anywhere there is snow. In the Northeast and the Upper Midwest, thousands of parks and forests would make for an ideal cross-country outing. In the Mountain and the Pacific Northwest, there are hundreds of gentle mountain valleys with streams and rivers that make for ideal cross-country outings.

Cross country…


Rivers speak to us with their life-giving water. We need to listen.

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I start small, as a spring,

Or a dripping snowmelt high in the mountains.

I begin my life with hardly a notice,

Far, far from prying eyes.

I begin the long journey,

That will end hundreds, even thousands of miles from where I started.

Sometimes flowing as gently as a cool summer breeze,

Sometimes raging like a sudden storm.

Always down, down, down to the sea.

I smile as I see your delight,

In coming to me to cool off a hot summer day.

I delight to pass through your cities, teeming with life.

And sometimes I cry at the…


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A micro-fiction about spring and new life


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My thoughts about entering retirement.

Carpe Diem! It was the first thought I had as I woke up today.

It’s been kind of a weird weekend. It’s a weekend of endings and beginnings. I think it’s somewhat fitting that my retirement came on Easter weekend.

Friday may indeed be my last day in the corporate world. With my turning in my ID cards on Friday afternoon, I ended my 25-year career in Information Technology. This, after an earlier distinguished 20-year military career in the Air Force.

It all ended on Friday. No more long commutes. No more eight-to-five. No more sitting in long, boring meetings…


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A plea from a visiting brother led me to a -70 windchill skiing day. I feel lucky to have survived.

My brother was excited. He was coming to Colorado to ski with me during a much-needed break from his brutal training schedule with the Navy up in Idaho.

I was living the ski-bumming dream up in Summit County, Colorado, at the time. My brother Steve was eager to come and share a week with me skiing the slopes of the Summit. But he could only get leave in January.

That created one small problem — the weather.

For those who have never experienced living in Colorado at 9,000+ feet, January is a brutally cold month in the mountains. Even on…


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Some thoughts on what we need to hold onto during these dark days.

“These are the times that try men’s souls.” Thomas Paine penned that in “The American Crisis” over 250 years ago. He was referring to the crisis that America was going through in its struggles to free itself from the tyranny of Great Britain. I don’t think that Thomas Paine could ever imagine that some 250 years we would be in even darker times that try all of our souls.

But as I’m an eternal optimist, I like always to see things from the most favorable light possible. …

Dr. David Martin

I write about leadership, tech, education, current affairs and life in general from Seoul, South Korea (poetry, too!). Email me at davidpmartin@mediumauthor.com

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