Category Archives: Books

Delaware Grapevine’s Celia Cohen retires

After 42 years of political writing for the News Journal then her own Delaware Grapevine which was picked up in Delaware Today and the Community Newspaper network, Celia Cohen recently announced that she had enough. 42 years of political writing is enough, she posted, Cohen out. Cohen was also the author of the book on Delaware Politics in 2002,Only in Delaware: Politics and Politicians in the First State Cohen was a fixture at events the regular media used to cover but started to ignore. This allowed her to make contacts and bring both unique insight and inside information to the informed public. If there were a rumor that kept bubbling up that I wanted to know definitively, sometimes, I would just call Ms. Cohen who would know if it were true or false. She had a Rolodex and was not afraid to use it to bring insight to the behind the scenes world of the Delaware Way. Some criticized Read more

Book Review: Tim Irvin’s Derailed: Five Lessons Learned from Catastrophic Failures of Leadership

Rather than a feel-good look at leadership, Tim Irvin's Derailed draws your attention to the flaws and failures of leaders. Drawing from articles from various well known news sources, Irvin uses profiles of six CEOs to point out real life examples of these deficiencies. Using this information, Irvin explains how you can avoid the character issues that tripped them up during their tenure at various large companies. Derailed is great for self examination of your leadership skills. The CEO profiles slowed my progress through the book, providing too much information. Shorter examinations would have served the book well. Regardless, the reader could scan through the profiles, slowing down for the meatier parts of the book afterward. The reader will find the most valuable information in Derailed is in the latter part of the book, covering lessons learned and helpful habits, things you will find Read more


Rep. John Conyers finally admitted what we already knew, that our elected officials on Capital Hill don't read those pesky pieces of paper that turn into laws and taxes and even wars because it's just too darn hard: “I love these members, they get up and say, ‘Read the bill,’” said Conyers. “What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?” I say enough is enough, you people (yes, I said, "you people" and I mean it) wanted to be in Congress and the Senate, well, it's time for you to know what you're voting on. It's time that you start doing your homework instead of having lackeys and lobbyists do it for you.... That's why I'm proposing that all Representatives and Senators attend a mandatory, Study Hall from 9am to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so they Read more

What is on your summer reading list?

Some of the best books that I find are recommendations of others.  I will share mine if you share yours. My Summer reading has included Biographies. Condi: The Life of a Steel Magnolia by Mary Beth Brown, One Soldier’s story a Memoir. It has on its list The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the fall of Communism. In philosophy, I am currently reading Anthony Flew’s There is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind. I am also finishing the 8th Habit by Steven Covey.  I also read the fiction classic Executive Decision by Tom Clancy. Linux in 24 hours also graced my attention. What sparkes your interest?