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Aline Kaplan
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Blogging, writing, and social media
Blogging, writing, and social media

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Where Traveler recommends Boston By Foot for having "the city's most well-informed walking tours." That's independent confirmation that our docents are "wicked smaht." Sign up for one of our many tours now. It's a great thing to do for school vacation week.

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All new posts now appear on The Next Phase blog’s new website at: www.aknextphase.com  No new posts will appear on BlogSpot. Please follow me to the new site and continue the dialogue.

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As promised in my previous post, The Next Phase Blog Hits 5,000 Page Views,  I have moved it from BlogSpot to WordPress.  The move is designed to make the blog more flexible and visible.  You should notice no difference in access.  If you click on the old Blogspot URL, you will be redirected to the new site automagically.

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After one of my posts on bosses who exhibit the symptoms of one disorder spectrum or another, Dr. Brian Monger of @SmartaMarketing asked me if I could recommend any ways of dealing with someone like that.  It’s a tough question.  Assuming that none of us in corporate America have the kind of education and clinical background to make an accurate diagnosis (and why would we be working in a corporation if we did?) we employees are left to cope with a set of inexplicable behaviors, attitudes and communications.  And no platform on which to stand while we do it.  Here are some purely personal ideas and suggestions that might help, regardless of his dysfunction:
 

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Every once in a while a news story jumps off the page and this one, with its echo of Poe’s “The Black Cat” and “The Cask of Amontillado” was one of them.  While the facts of the murder were reported by numerous news outlets, The New York Times did the most in-depth story.  Called “In a Cluttered Home, a Dark Secret 3 Decades Old” by Vivian Yee, it takes us inside the home of James and JoAnn Nichols at 720 Vassar Road in Poughkeepsie NY.

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The posts that I have been writing about unemployment after 50 opened a little door in my memory that had been closed for a very long time.  I went through that door to when I worked as Corporate Advertising Manager for Prime Computer, one of the two best companies in my career.  We had a small department and for some project—I don’t remember what—we needed some temp help.  HR sent us Herschel.

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It’s time to call this what it really is: the Silver Ceiling. This is the time when your chances of finding another job become vanishingly rare.  Candidates hear that they are overqualified or not quite right for the position. Most often, they don’t hear back at all.

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This weekend there seemed to be a critical mass of movies filmed in or around Boston.  While the quality of the movie varied, it’s always fun to see our city and surrounding locales on the big screen.  Here’s five films—one old, two new and one that hasn’t opened yet—that feature Boston.

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The world is not Disneyland.  Accidents happen and the unexpected may get thrown in your face.  There’s a physiological tendency to freeze in a catastrophe and the human brain performs sluggishly under stress.  Here’s a compendium of advice from a variety of sources with a little of my own experience from years of air travel thrown in.

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The first is that passengers evacuating an airplane should not try Passengers evacuating an airplane should not try to take their possessions with them.  In tn airplane crash, exit speed is particularly important as the craft’s highly flammable jet fuel  could ignite at any time. Here are Six Reasons to Leave Your Gear Behind:
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