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Removing Mom's Blindfold to the Danger Facing Her Kids

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

When I was a young boy on the verge of becoming a man, my dad invited my brother and me to a "special" fishing trip. He made it clear it was going to be a "guys" event for the three of us .

So we get our anchor dropped, and worms in the water. Then dad says "I just want you to know that you are becoming men now, and there are a few things I need you to understand."   My brother and I looked at each other in panic....we were trapped in the boat, and about to get "the talk".

So he says "Here is the thing. When you are out with girls, and get certain urges, just remember that if you would not do whatever it is in front of her mother, don't do it." That…

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 Having the Courage to Make Hard Choices

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

Thanksgiving approaches. I will bow my head in gratitude for my children and grandchildren and appreciating what they have brought to my life, and rededicating my energy to protect them from harm as best I can.

Occasionally I read terrible, gut-wrenching stories about someone leaving their sleeping child in a car with the windows up, where they die because the trapped energy of the sun raised the temperature inside the car. How badly that parent must feel for the rest of their life.

The parent had a choice —  take the easy route and visit a store while the sleepy child stayed in the car, or go through the hassle of unstrapping the child, getting out the stro…

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The Optimistic Futurist Frets About Invisible Threats

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

Futurists know that if the average person can see a growing problem like the increase in the number of obese kids on a playground, or sense a rather immediate threat to their family from lightning from an oncoming violent storm, the threatened person will do something to avoid the danger. However, without those visible signals, little damage control is done. The worst kind of problem for a Futurist to discuss is one that is invisible. 

A real world example is that confronting pregnant women from an unseen pollutant in the water which gets in fish. If enough of the contaminated fish is eaten, the brain of a not yet born baby is damaged. I am talking h…

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Local Leadership Can Fuel Change

by Francis P. Koster Ed.D

 Who ever thought that the route to a better America might be through garbage dumps?

 When measured at the dump, each American citizen disposes of around 7 pounds of garbage each day. This is collected at great taxpayer expense and buried in what used to be called a dump. As knowledge of the dangers accumulating in dumps grew, an entire body of science developed to reduce risk to the citizens. What are now called landfills are costly to set up and run and require careful attention due to the chemistry that occurs when you pile lots of garbage from homes, industry, hospitals, automobile repair shops and garden stores in a big heap. A lot of chemical "speed dating (and matin…

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Thinking Electric Thoughts

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

Picture a large, noisy convention center, and hordes of jet-lagged business types gripping their coffee like it was a life preserver.  In front of a busy demonstration booth, I am holding a piece of our future – an electricity producing roof shingle.  Dow Solar has begun selling solar shingles that are not added to the roof – they are the roof.  While keeping the rain off our homes, they create energy for use by that building, and sometimes enough to share with neighbors via the grid. [i]  The company has launched the product in Colorado, California and Texas and will be rolling it out in other states by the end of 2012.  The shingles are a roofing product that…

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