Category Archives: Presentation Ideas

Shakespeare is an inexhaustible source of presentation themes and ideas, including starters, epilogues and quotes that can revive the spirit of the audience. A well placed quote at the beginning of a presentation catches the attention and at the end it may be what triggers the applause. Relatively few people realize that in a presentation you cannot have form without substance, but substance without form can kill the effect. In the book “Your Daily Shakespeare” there are more than 10,000 instances of how to adapt a Shakespearean quote to any situation, including, of course, hundreds of examples usable in presentations.

Plato Among Pundits, a Dialog

Dialog on the Common Good, the Will of the People, the Thought Unique and why Democrats refuse to accept the results of the elections. I loaded my unimpressive weekly groceries onto the carrier belt and the counter lady said, “A … Continue reading

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Basket of Deplorables

…a dialog with deplorables… I was walking home after a moderate jog in the park, looking at the barren trees and the boughs where late the sweet birds sang… – thinking ahead about the daffodils that come before the swallows … Continue reading

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Hacking for Dummies

As someone who needs words to understand symbols and images to comprehend concepts, I welcomed, years ago, the advent of instructional books for dummies, that is, for those otherwise excluded from the blessings of knowledge. Remembrance of things past brings … Continue reading

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Italian Referendum

“Small choice in rotten apples” (Taming of the Screw 1.1) The Italians said “no” in the recent referendum. Its main objective was to reform the Italian Constitution, strengthen the authority of the government and reduce the power of the electorate … Continue reading

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Trump, Revolution in a Tea Cup

“Men judge by the complexion of the sky, the state and inclination of the day.” King Richard II The apparent enthusiasm for Trump’s success in the US presidential elections is an event historically recurrent and humanly understandable. The wonderful vignette … Continue reading

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Death of an Unsung Hero

“Now cracks a noble heart. Good night sweet prince: And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!” Hamlet, act 5, sc. 2 I discovered by chance that a true American hero died two years ago, in a tractor accident, … Continue reading

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Erdowin, Erdowon, Erdogan

… hing, hang, hog… Hang hog is Latin for bacon, I warrant you. (Merry Wives of Windsor, act 4, sc.1) To the articulate speculations of many analysts on the failed coup in Turkey I will not add the vanity of … Continue reading

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The Clintons’ War on Women

“I do condemn mine ears that have so long attended thee” (Cymbeline, act 1, sc. 6) This is an unpleasant blog to write and I apologize in advance for the language, to my twenty-five readers. As a mitigating factor, the … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Brexit

The championship of exaggerations is over and the first dust of time is settling on the Brexit referendum. In the circumstances, it may be somewhat amusing to evaluate the reactions rather than the results. Considering that opinions are formed in … Continue reading

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Orlando’s Horror

Twill vex thy soul to hear what I shall speak; for I must talk of murders… Titus Andronicus, act 5, sc. 1 I will not repeat comments and reflections on the Orlando massacre. Rather, I will follow an imaginary trail … Continue reading

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