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m. werneburg, 1998.09

These are my many articles. Given a chance, I'll hold forth on nearly any subject.

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Reviews of books, watches, and cameras.

my grandfather's funeral speech


This is the text of the speech I gave at my grandfather's funeral, along with some notes for anyone who has a speech of their own to right.

the nature of reality


I am very wise. I mean I must be, I have a website!

how I got kicked out of Japan


When I first came to Japan, I let my employer take care of the paperwork, just as many of my colleagues had done. Big mistake.

a difficult name


My last name is German in origin, and most English speakers (and spellers!) can't get it right.



I don't know much. And according to my wife, I don't parent much.



I've been interested in genealogy for many years. These are some of the interesting findings

learning from a failed business venture


At a conference in early 2013 the keynote speaker asked if someone in attendance could speak to a career setback from which they'd grown in a new direction. I rose to speak.

my struggle with migraine


Since a fall from a slide as a toddler, I've been getting migraines. This is my journal about what I'm doing about it.

a permanent family journal


I've started a permanent journal and photo journal for the family that I intend to pass down to my kids.

on management


Much has been written on management but everywhere I go - and I've worked at about twenty companies in 27 years - I see that not a lot is sinking in. Let me suggest we toss out whatever the teach in business school and get down to real management.


rand()m quote

It may be that when we no longer know what to do we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go we have come to our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.

—Wendell Berry