True or False?: “God Helps Those Who Help Themselves”

True or False?: “God Helps Those Who Help Themselves”

Heather Bresch started out as a clerk at Mylan Pharmaceuticals in 1992. After lying on her resume about obtaining an MBA, she eventually worked her way up and became the Chief Executive Officer in 2012. Shortly after becoming the CEO, she aggressively increased the price of Mylan’s EpiPen. The news exploded. The average cost rose from about $100 to over $600! She blamed insurance companies for the

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Typhoon Yolanda: Unstoppable

Typhoon Yolanda: Unstoppable

Today is Thanksgiving! It really doesn’t feel like it. Usually, at home I’m up early and starting my day long relationship with a couple of turkeys. Today, most likely, we are going to have MREs (Military Meals Ready to Eat) and maybe some special freeze-dried desserts from REI. In a storage, simplistic way, I was looking forward to it. And… I was thankful. After all, it is Thanksgiving. There are so many things that I take for granted: Toilets that you can sit on and that you don’t have to flush with a bucket, water the comes out of the faucet that you can drink, Internet access, a bed, a shower with hot or cold water (that you can drink if you want to), sleeping without a mosquito net to get tangled in, and more. Yep, I’m thankful alright. Number one, I have a roof. Number two, it doesn’t leak.

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Typhoon Yolanda: A Nail-Biting Escape!

Typhoon Yolanda: A Nail-Biting Escape!

First thing this morning, Kelly (the IMC Logistics Specialist) and I headed over to the EVMRC (Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center) so I could introduce him to the Department of Health logistics folks. They were so well organized that despite working without any lights, they had inventoried all of their supplies and put it in an Excel spreadsheet. That may seem like to big deal but the supplies were in individual bottles overflowing from cardboard boxes stacked all around the dark rooms. The counts had to be done by flashlight even during the daytime. Kelly was able to copy it on a thumb drive. It was impressive! In the midst of all of this, the people that had lost so much were still striving for excellence and giving their all. It is so powerful and life changing to see people who realize that, despite their tremendous loss, they have the power to make a difference and the passion to put other people first.

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Gunga Din's Lessons on Leadership

Gunga Din's Lessons on Leadership

My most favorite movie since I was a child has always been Gunga Din. It was made in 1939 and starred such classic actors as Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen, Douglas Fairbanks Jr and Sam Jaffe as Gunga Din. I used to get up in the middle of the night with my Dad to watch it. It was before the age of VCR, DVR, TIVO and Netflix. (My younger sister, Amy, even believed that "back in the day" real life was "in black and white"). Gunga Din certainly was. 1939 was a great year for movies and included flicks such as Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz. But, Gunga Din was always my favorite. Probably the biggest reason was that I got to watch it with my Dad and it was always on in the middle of the night so that was a big deal. To top it off, we each had pith helmets that we wore when the movie was on. We would stand and do a snappy, crisp British salute and then sit down to watch the movie together.

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The Search For Answers in Haiti

The Search For Answers in Haiti

I slept in the dirt and gravel outside of the UN hospital after I relieved the doctors last night (see the photo above). I was awake off and on throughout the night for the few hours that I laid down but I was suddenly shaken awake at about 3:42 am to a tremor. It was a bit startling but I just went back to sleep. I talked to one of the guys that has been working with us and he said that he ran outside when the tremor happened because everyone is still very twitchy about the stability of the buildings that are still standing. 

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