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Trust—Credibility’s Root


ROI by Frank J. Rich









The ability to establish, grow, extend, and restore trust with all stakeholders—customers, business partners, investors, and co-workers—is the single most important leadership competency. If Stephen Covey Jr., of Franklin Covey, is correct in this conclusion, most organizations have work to do and more to learn in their efforts to succeed.

Trust may simply mean that we have confidence in something, a sense of security that it or someone will do what we expect of it/him. Oddly, a lack of trust—distrust—carries the same expectations as trust. We will either invest ourselves in confidence or caution. We expect trust to encourage confidence, and distrust to encourage caution.

Think of someone you have a high trust in. Describe the relationship; how well do you communicate; how quickly do things get done; how much do you enjoy the relationship?

Now think of someone you have a low-trust relationship with. Describe this relationship. How does it feel; how are the communications between you? The difference between the two is palpable. What we try to avoid is a hint of suspicion. Why? Because the moment it is felt, everything that follows is likely to be tainted.

We hear often that “it is very difficult for a micro manager to change.” Why so difficult? Because breaking habits requires that we replace them with better ones. And then only if we recognize the problem in our behavior—we do not solve problems we don’t have!

And how would we consider, even embrace, another’s changed behavior? TRUST, and the decision to do so is the only lasting way. Everything else is just a conditional and short-term method. Let’s pause to consider why this is so today, in the age of postmodernism.

Roughly between 1960 and 1990 postmodernism emerged as a cultural phenomenon, given impetus largely by the advent of the information age. If the factory is the symbol of the industrial age, the computer may be the symbol of the information age that tracks the spread of postmodernism.

Postmodernism is complex and contradictory in some ways, but most see it as rejecting most of the fundamental intellectual pillars of modern Western civilization. At a minimum, postmodernism regards many important principles, methods, or ideas characteristic of modern Western culture as obsolete and illegitimate. In practical terms postmodernism represents a rejection of the philosophy that has characterized Western thought since the beginning. Let’s take a brief look.


The Route to Postmodernism

Ethical Theism Modernism Postmodernism



Truth has been revealed to men and women by God. Truth can be discovered by reason and logical argumentation. Truth does not exist objectively; it is a product of a person’s culture.
Human Identity Humans are both spiritual and material   beings, created in God’s image but fallen because of sin. Humans are rational, not spiritual beings who can define their existence according to what their senses perceive. Humans are primarily social beings, products of their culture and environment.
The World God is the Creator, Preserver, and Governor of His earth, and has instructed humans to subdue it and care for it. Humans can and should conquer the earth and all its mysteries. Life on earth is fragile and the “Enlightenment model of human conquest of nature … must quickly give way to a new attitude of cooperation with the earth.”
Thought & Language Reason “can disclose truth about reality, but faith and revelation are also needed.” For answers and understanding about life and the world around us, people should rely only on rational discovery through the scientific method and reject the belief in the supernatural. Thinking is a “social construct,” language is arbitrary, and there is no universal truth beyond culture.
Human Progress Human history is not progressing but awaiting deliverance. Human progress through science and reason is inevitable. Things are not getting better; besides, progress is an oppressive Western concept.


The information age has produced so many more “truths” than we have known before. The sheer number of them (revealed) is enough to cause one to freeze in his investigation of them. Under such conditions the truth is made and not found. This is an extraordinary idea, and one that suggests a substitute for it (the truth) in situational ethics. In this vein, if yours are formed (made) of your cultural bias, or conditions, it is no less reality than another’s.

This is because there is no metanarrative or grand story that can account for all reality— no story big enough and meaningful enough to pull together philosophy and research and politics and art, relate them to one another, and give them a unifying sense of direction. Such are the stories of God’s covenant with the nation Israel, the Marxist story of class conflict and revolution, and the Enlightenment’s story of intellectual progress.

What’s that got to do with trust, you might be asking? A great deal, as it turns out. Our society, not just here in the U.S., but the world over, is suffering a crisis of trust. Every societal institution—government, media, business, health care, religion, home—is suffering a paucity of trust. Significantly lower than a generation ago, in the U.S., for instance, a 2005 Harris poll revealed that 22% of those surveyed tend to trust the media, 8% trust political parties, 27% trust the government, and 12% trust big business.

In a study by British sociologist David Halpern, only 34% of Americans believe that “other” people can be trusted. In Latin America the number is 23%; and in Africa the number is just 18%. In Great Britain the number is 29%, down from 60% four decades ago. We are no longer a trusting people. In fact, with the possible exception of the 60s in America, love has never been a popular movement in the world.

Can the postmodernists be that wrong when they claim that the truth we make is more reality than the truth we find?

On the organizational front it’s much the same story:

  • 51% of employees have trust and confidence in senior management.
  • 36% believe their leaders act with honesty and integrity.
  • In the last 18 months 76% of employees have observed illegal or unethical conduct on the job—conduct, which, if exposed, would seriously violate the public trust, if not the law.

What about the personal level? Consider that:

  • The #1 reason people leave their jobs is a bad relationship with their boss.
  • One of every two marriages ends in divorce.

Relationships—of all kinds—are built on and sustained by trust. They fail from the absence of it!

The percentage of students who cheated to improve their odds of getting into graduate school may be a clear indication of whom you are being led by.

  • Liberal arts students — 43%
  • Educations students —  52%
  • Medical students — 63%
  • Law students — 63%
  • Business students — 75%

How does it make you feel to know that the doctor who’s going to operate on you cheated in school? Or that there is a 75% chance that the company you’re going to work for is led by someone who didn’t consider honesty important? Further, that 75% of MBAs were willing to understate expenses that would cut into profits; and worse, that minimum-security prisoners scored as high as MBA students on their ethical dilemma exams.

Talk about a crisis of trust!

The economics of trust are simple:



So what must we do to reverse the trend? We must learn to TRUST; to see, talk, and act, in ways that establish, grow, extend, and restore trust … with all stakeholders.

It’s up to us, each of us, to make a difference in an untrusting world. But we won’t solve a problem we don’t have; so, first we must believe that there is value in doing just that. Most don’t!

August 24, 2018 |

5 Tips to Help Reduce Litter and Protect the Oceans


To Your Health









(Family Features) The tide of environmental studies showing the harmful effects of litter and mismanaged waste on oceans are seemingly everywhere. For example, 8 million metric tons of plastics wind up in streams, rivers and waterways each year, according to research published in “Science.”

According to the Ocean Conservancy, plastic product consumption is predicted to double over the next 10 years. With the health of the oceans closely tied to the health of the environment, marine life and humans, making choices that help reduce ocean pollution is one way to make an impact. In fact, research from the Plastic Free July Foundation shows that more than six in 10 people refuse plastic shopping bags, avoid pre-packed fruit and vegetables, pick up litter and avoid buying water in plastic bottles.

“Mismanaged packaging waste is a threat to our oceans and the overall health of our planet,” said Lynn Bragg, president of the Glass Packaging Institute. “We can all make a difference by changing the type of food and beverage packaging we buy, opting for reusable and refillable containers, following local recycling guidelines and helping keep beaches and waterways clean.”

These tips from the Glass Packaging Institute are just a few ways to contribute:


  1. Think about the packaging you choose. When making a purchase, consider alternatives to plastic like glass or other natural and sustainable packaging. Glass, for example, is made mostly from sand and recycled glass, is reusable, recyclable and does not harm oceans or marine life.
  2. Choose reusable containers. Taking advantage of reusable containers for food and beverages is one way to live a more eco-friendly life. Since only 9 percent of plastic bottles are recycled, according to “National Geographic,” reusable containers can serve as an ideal replacement for bottled water whether at home or on-the-go. Rather than plastic, choose glass or stainless steel, which can hold hot or cold food and beverages, and help protect the contents from any chemicals.
  3. Reduce your single-use footprint. Whenever possible, bring reusable bags and containers to the store. Some foods like cereal, pasta and rice can be purchased from bulk bins and placed in a glass or stainless-steel storage container. To further cut down on plastic waste, consider switching to reusable straws, which are available in glass, stainless steel or bamboo.
  4. Recycle better. Learn what you can and can’t recycle in your community. Certain items like disposable cups, greasy pizza boxes, non-recyclable plastic containers (like those for yogurt) and take-out containers can contaminate entire batches of recycling. About 91 percent of plastic is not recycled and can linger in the environment for hundreds of years, contributing to ocean pollution. Glass containers are 100 percent recyclable; steel and aluminum cans and cardboard are also easily recyclable.
  5. Get involved. Volunteering or donating can help keep local beaches, parks and waterways clean. Getting involved with international and national groups with local chapters are also ways to participate in a local cleanup.


Find out more about the benefits of choosing and reusing glass packaging to help reduce ocean pollution at



Photo courtesy of Getty Images


August 22, 2018 |

Good-for-You Meals with Grape Taste


In Good Taste









(Family Features) When it comes to balancing heart-healthy meals with appealing flavors, it’s important to lean on nutritious ingredients that pack mouthwatering taste. For example, grapes are a delicious yet subtle way to incorporate a little something extra into your diet while adding a juicy burst of flavor.

Grapes of all colors – red, green and black – can be enjoyed as a ready-to-eat, on-the-go food anytime and anywhere. Grapes are also a healthy choice, as they’re a natural source of antioxidants and other polyphenols, and contain no fat and virtually no sodium.

Because of their versatility, heart-healthy grapes can also be used as an ingredient to add fresh appeal, vibrant color and a light touch of sweetness to almost any dish, like Roasted Cod with Fennel and Grapes or Spaghetti Squash with Pesto and Grapes. For something quick and nutritious featuring fresh fruits and vegetables, try this Vegetarian Poke Bowl with tofu, fresh grapes, avocado and crunchy, raw beets and carrots.

Find more recipes to make healthy eating easy at

Vegetarian Poke Bowl

Prep time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4

5          cups cooked brown or white jasmine rice

2          packages (6 ounces each) extra-firm tofu, cubed

2          cups red California grapes, halved

1          avocado, pitted, peeled and thinly sliced

1          large golden beet, peeled and shredded

1          large carrot, peeled and shredded

2          scallions, thinly sliced

sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds

6          ounces light Asian ginger-sesame salad dressing


Divide rice between four bowls and arrange tofu, grapes, avocado, beets and carrots on top. Sprinkle with scallions and sesame seeds; serve with dressing.

Nutritional information per serving: 620 calories; 19 g protein; 101 g carbohydrates; 17 g fat (25% calories from fat); 2.5 g saturated fat (4% calories from saturated fat); 450 mg sodium; 11 g fiber.

Roasted Cod with Fennel and Grapes

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Servings: 4

1          pound cod loin, cut into four equal pieces

2          tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

1          tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1/2       teaspoon orange zest

1/4       teaspoon sea salt, divided

fresh ground pepper

1          tablespoon white wine vinegar

1          tablespoon orange juice

1          tablespoon minced shallot

1/4       teaspoon ground coriander

1          teaspoon honey

1          tablespoon fresh chopped oregano

1          medium fennel bulb, fronds removed, chopped and reserved

  • 1 cup red California grapes, halved

Heat oven to 400 F. Arrange cod pieces in baking dish.

In small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon olive oil with lemon juice, orange zest, 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper. Spoon mixture onto cod in equal amounts. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until desired doneness is reached.

While cod is baking, in small bowl, combine remaining olive oil, remaining salt, pepper, vinegar, orange juice, shallot, coriander, honey and oregano; set aside. Halve and core fennel bulb then thinly slice and place in separate bowl. Add grapes and dressing; toss to combine.

Serve cod topped with fennel and grape salad. Garnish each serving with 1 tablespoon chopped fennel fronds.

Nutritional information per serving: 200 calories; 19 g protein; 15 g carbohydrates; 8 g fat (36% calories from fat); 1 g saturated fat (4% calories from saturated fat); 45 mg cholesterol; 240 mg sodium; 2 g fiber.

Spaghetti Squash with Pesto and Grapes

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Servings: 6

1          large spaghetti squash

1/3       cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided

1/2       cup chopped walnuts, divided

2          cloves garlic

2          cups packed basil leaves

1          cup packed arugula

1          tablespoon lemon juice

1          teaspoon lemon zest

1/3       cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1/4       teaspoon salt

freshly ground pepper, to taste

1          cup cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

1 1/2    cups red California grapes, halved


Heat oven to 400 F. Cut squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Using fork, poke shallow holes in skin of squash then brush with 1 tablespoon oil and place it, cut-side down, in rimmed baking dish. Bake 30-40 minutes, or until tender.

To make pesto: In food processor, process 1/4 cup walnuts, garlic, basil, arugula, lemon juice and lemon zest until well chopped. Add remaining olive oil, Parmesan, salt and pepper; process until well blended.

Once squash is done baking, remove from oven. Cool squash 5-10 minutes then, using fork, scrape inside flesh of squash, removing “spaghetti,” and place it in large bowl. Add pesto and beans to cooked squash and toss gently with tongs to combine. Divide equally into six bowls and top each with 1/4 cup grapes and 2 teaspoons chopped walnuts.

Nutritional information per serving: 290 calories; 7 g protein; 24 g carbohydrates; 20 g fat (62% calories from fat); 3 g saturated fat (9% calories from saturated fat); 5 mg cholesterol; 160 mg sodium; 6 g fiber.

Grape Goodness for Healthy Aging

In addition to helping maintain heart health, grapes may also play a role in healthy aging. A review of the science linking the consumption of grapes to health highlights grapes’ potential to impact many areas of health, according to research published in “Grapes and Health: A Monograph.” The evidence that grapes support heart health is well-established, and emerging research in other areas of health suggests that grapes’ ability to promote antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities at the cellular level may also play a protective role in eye, brain and joint health, among others.

August 22, 2018 |

Metropolitan Museum’s Exciting Exhibits



Bits & Pieces Column

Helpful Chitchat







By Evelyn J. Mocbeichel




As the last few weeks of summer fade away, there is still time for a New York City adventure with the family. If you have not been to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in a while, or not at all, there are fabulous exhibits featured that you won’t want to miss!

I’ve always been fascinated by anything Egyptian — even as a child watching old black and white Boris Karloff mummy movies with my dad. Trips to museums on school or family excursions often included the Met’s Egyptian section. Their current exhibit Ancient Egyptian Gilded Coffin is on view until April 2019. This highly ornamented Nedjemankh and His Gilded Coffin from the first century B.C. is on display along with 70 other works. The exhibition will be arranged thematically to illuminate the role of Nedjemankh as a priest in ancient Egypt, his burial, and the decoration on the coffin. Distinctive installations in the exhibition include an imitation leopard skin once worn by a priest and a display of funerary objects depicted in a scene on the coffin. Scenes and texts in thick gesso relief were intended to protect and guide Nedjemankh on his journey from death to eternal life as a transfigured spirit. According to ancient texts, the use of gold in the coffin assisted the deceased in being reborn in the next life.

Future Exhibits

In the fall, Art of Native America: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection will feature 116 masterworks representing the achievements of artists from more than 50 distinct indigenous traditions across North America. These range in date from the 2nd to early 20th century. The collection has particular strengths in sculpture from British Columbia and Alaska, California baskets, pottery from southwestern pueblos, Plains drawings and regalia, and rare accessories from the eastern Woodlands. Art of Native America will be the first exhibition of Native American art to be presented in the American Wing since it was established in 1924. Originally focused on American Colonial and early Federal decorative arts and architecture, the Wing’s collecting areas and focus have continued to evolve. This exhibit runs from October 4, 2018 through October 6, 2019.

Jewelry: The Body Transformed opens November 12 through February 24, 2019. A dazzling array of headdresses and ear ornaments, brooches and belts, necklaces and rings created between 2600 B.C.E. and the present day will be shown along with sculptures, paintings, prints, and photographs that will enrich and amplify the many stories of transformation that jewelry tells.

If the body is a stage, jewelry is one of its most dazzling performers. Great jewelry from around the world will be presented in a radiant display that groups these ornaments according to the part of the body they adorn: head and hair; nose, lips, and ears; neck and chest; arms and hands; waist, ankles, and feet.


The Museum is located at 1000 Fifth Avenue, N.Y., N.Y 10028

Phone: (212) 535-7710


August 22, 2018 |

7th Annual Patterson Rotary Blues & BBQ Festival


7th Annual Patterson Rotary BLUES AND BBQ FESTIVAL

A Two-Day Event

Saturday & Sunday, September 15 & 16, 2018 from 12:00 – 7:00PM
at the Patterson Firehouse: 13 Burdick Road, Patterson, NY 12563

Live Blues Bands, Great BBQ, and Kids’ Activities all Weekend

Vendor Marketplace, Guitar/Amp Raffle and Cash Prize Raffle


The Patterson Rotary Club is proud to present this TWO-DAY FESTIVAL, which brings the best blues bands together and features mouth-watering barbecue. Come join us for a great end-of-summer music celebration.  On Saturday, we feature a full blues lineup that includes Guys Night Out, Arthur James, Willa and Company, Petey Hop and Pat O’Shea. On Sunday, we have the musical talents of The Soul Proprietors, The Evan Balzer Trio, The Fresh Paint, the Dylan Doyle Band, and Shorty King.

Presented by ACME Market of Patterson with additional sponsorship by Hamlet Hub of Brewster, Carmel, Somers, and New Fairfield; Clancy Relocation & Logistics; Carmel Winwater Works; the Cultural Arts Coalition and others.

Check out our website for additional information at

The festival will also feature a Kid’s Corner with fun activities for children – so make sure you bring the entire family! There will be a  “Vendor Marketplace” with a selection of vendors offering their specialties. Other offerings on both days include: beer and wine (Please have ID), ice cream and ices, soft drinks, pulled pork, BBQ ribs, burgers, hot-dogs, veggie burgers, fries, and snacks.

Bring your blanket and lawn chairs, but please remember that no outside food or beverages are allowed. For more information or to become a sponsor, please visit www.PattersonBluesand or contact: Follow us on Facebook: PattersonBluesandBBQ.

Festival listing details are as follows:



When:                     Saturday and Sunday, September 15 & 16, 2018

Time:                       12:00 – 7:00PM

Where:                    The Patterson Firehouse

13 Burdick Road, Patterson, NY 12563


What:                      A casual family friendly weekend of BBQ, live Blues, and kids’ activities.

Who:                        Brought to you by the Rotary Club of Patterson

Cost:                        Free Admission and Parking. Food & Beverages for sale on the premises.

Sponsors:             Presented by ACME Market of Patterson with additional sponsorship by Hamlet Hub of Brewster, Carmel, Somers, and New Fairfield; Clancy Relocation & Logistics; Carmel Winwater Works; the Cultural Arts Coalition and others.

To become a sponsor email

About Rotary

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit



August 20, 2018 |
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