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Big Brother

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When I was a child, born in San Francisco, then moving with my parents and little sister to Oakland, California when I was six years-old, life was much different than it is today.  I can only recall one “Supermarket,” that being QFI, located in Stonestown in the City.  I would guess Stonestown was the first grouping of retail stores which was the forefront to the shopping malls we now frequent. In Oakland, my parents rented a home my grandparents purchased for $17,000.00.  Our home was located in the Redwood Heights neighborhood on Monterey Boulevard, near 35th Avenue.  At the time, 35th Avenue was like many other major streets in Oakland, serving their neighborhoods.  Before Supermarkets anchored Shopping Centers, neighborhoods had small, independently owned markets and other small businesses which provided to the needs of those who lived nearby. At the corner of Monterey Boulevard and 35th Avenue we had a

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Missing Children

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You’re on vacation at Disneyland with your nine-year-old daughter, in the blink of an eye, your daughter goes missing, what would you do?   Take a moment and ask yourself what you would really do? Over the years, I have given many seminars ranging from the use of cellular telephones, to vehicle safety, to workplace safety, without a doubt missing children invokes the most emotional response.   Many parents are reluctant to think of their child as missing, perhaps not wanting to “Jinx” their child by addressing this issue. Others shy away from any confrontation because the subject is too offensive to them. Still others dismiss the idea of a missing child because they have taken some type of action to responding to a missing child.   A couple of years ago, I began a seminar in Brentwood, California, by asking the above question. I was somewhat surprised when a

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