THE PETER PRINCIPLE: the concept that in every organization all employees will rise to their level of incompetence.

The Peter Principle is the principle that “In a Hierarchy Every Employee Tends to Rise to His Level of Incompetence.” It was formulated by Dr. Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull in their 1969 book The Peter Principle, a humorous treatise which also introduced the “salutary science of Hierarchiology”, “inadvertently founded” by Peter. It holds […]

ALLEGORY: A story that has a deeper or more general meaning in addition to its surface meaning.

Last night we went to Imax to see  Avatar.  I’m not a great fan of science fiction/fantasy  films, but every now and then one catches my attention and I want to experience it.  This was one of those occasions.  Thankfully! Seeing Avatar was an amazing experience.  Just attaching the 3-D glasses to my face sent […]

BIPARTISANSHIP: so much for the attempt

President Obama’s attempt to bring together Republicans and Democrats in an exploratory conversation about Health care seems not to have been very successful.  My take on it is that there has been too much partisan bickering and grandstanding over the past months.  The conversation held at Blair House yesterday was, in a sense, “too little/too […]


We have spent the past month or more working on the re-design of this blog site. Now, here it is for your use and your pleasure. I hope you will find it pleasing to the sight, easy to navigate, and helpful in participating in this interactive venture. Thanks go to the outstanding team who led […]


Today is the day! It’s raining cats and dogs outside, but that should not prevent the launch of my newly-minted blog site. We hope to have it up and running this afternoon…specific time uncertain. There are a few adjustments to be made, and then it’s off and running. I will be anxious to know what […]

ENTITLEMENT: a right to benefits that is granted esp. by law or contract

In his message to the public last Friday, Tiger Woods said that he engaged in extra-marital affairs because he had been led by success, money, and fame to a point where he believed he was entitled to do whatever he wanted. In a strange way, it is similar to the comments made by John Edwards […]