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One of my closest friends recently quit a really good job at a multilateral financial institution to do an MBA at London Business School. He is a really ambitious guy, so just collecting a fat pay cheque, international travel and managing huge deals was not enough for him. I admire his courage, because he has done similar things which turned out alright. Like me, he has a professional accounting qualification. However, his work experience is largely consulting and auditing while mine is investment banking and business management. He chose to do the MBA because it is an internationally respected qualification. He also chose LBS because it is one of the more prestigious business schools. In my country and in our industry, the pedigree of one's alma mater counts. Thus, you have people always studying more and more to remain competitive. At one time, it was enough to have just a first degree. Then people began doing Masters degrees. Then they began to add professional qualifications like ACCA & CFA. I…

Esther White Parr was my grandmother's sister, one year older than her. They were the two youngest of the five children that lived in the family. They were born in Turkey because my great grandfather was a Congregationalist Missionary to Turkey, running Anatolia College until it moved to Greece in 1917. My grandmother was 16 years old when the family was forcibly escorted out of Turkey.

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1 pound sausage or 1/2 pound sausage + 1/2 pound ground beef…

Earth is a haunted house. It always has been. 

There is no heaven or hell. No Hades or Fiddler's Green or Valhalla. There's no escape to a better -- or worse -- world after death. There's just Earth. And yes, the soul exists, and it's eternal. Anything that ever lived -- every person, every animal, every fish and bird and spider and even the plants -- eventually becomes a ghost. Forever. Forever and ever. 

Some of the ghosts get to be interesting. They get to be Headless Horsemen or…

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