The Good, The Bad, The Inevitable

Heraclitus of Ephesus, a Greek philosopher who lived around 500 BCE, said, “Change is the only constant in life.” He creatively explained this with a quote, “No man ever steps in the same river twice.” I have often considered Heraclitus’s thoughts and how they apply to business. I have to say, the old boy almost got it right, and if he could see how the world has changed in the last 2,500 years, it would blow his mind.

I say “almost” because I believe the human ability to adapt to change is also a…


It’s odd to look back to my days growing up during the 1950s in Philadelphia’s Kensington section. Kensington today is different from the blue-collar neighborhood of my youth. It’s partially gentrified, partly forgotten by the government, and in some cases still the old neighborhood I remember.

We all may miss the way it was, but things change. It is the way of life. In 1950, the Philadelphia metro area had a population of about three million people. The current population is almost six million. There’s more traffic and more people. Twenty dollars in 1950 is equal to $209.40 in 2020…


Actor Mark Wahlberg once warned his Facebook followers that scammers used his name and likeness to swindle $85,000 from an unsuspecting fan. The Wahlberg scam is just one example of unscrupulous people using fake messages and ads to scam people. It doesn’t stop there. Just about every major financial institution has also been the subject of scam e-mails.

Half of all mobile calls by the end of 2020 are expected to be unsolicited robocalls, and a large number of these spam calls are also scams. In 2017, 30 billion scammer robocalls cost Americans an estimated $350 million, and that…


After my discharge from the Air Force in 1966, I moved back to the Kensington section of Philadelphia and my parent’s home. I became involved in a charity called the Career Club which was created by a man who owned a beauty school near the intersection of Front Street and Kensington Avenue. I taught kids about photography mostly. We even built a darkroom together and took trips to places like Longwood Gardens in southern Pennsylvania so the kids could practice.

One of the charitable things The Career Club did each year was to deliver turkeys and other food to deserving…


When you live in one place for a long time, you get comfortable with your surroundings, get used to the people who live near you, and become accustomed to your daily routines. I grew up in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia in the 1950s. By the time the decade changed in 1960, I was 16 years old.

As a typical teenager in that era and place, I had learned to curse with the best of them, drink Southern Comfort from a bottle I snuck into the Iris movie theater, and become a bit car crazy. My mother and my grandmother…


Mom, What Did You Do During the 2020 Pandemic?

Twenty years from now, people who are in their late teens, twenties, and thirties now will wax nostalgic about the great COVID Pandemic of 2020. They will berate 2040 youths for being lazy, indifferent, and weak because they didn’t have the harsh experiences that the previous generation had. And they will have a tough time understanding 2040 youth’s love of direct to the brain interactive media.

These future children will ask their now-middle-age to senior-age parents and grandparents many questions. Amongst them might be the following:

“What did you do during the Great 2020 Pandemic?” …


“I woke up at about 3 AM this morning and got out of bed to do some business. I had fully expected that I would jump back in and get three more hours of sleep. Instead, I stubbed my toe on the bed. You know how that feels, right. OUCH!!!!!

After a couple more hours of sleep, when the pain subsided, I woke up, and as usual, I checked my email and Facebook, in case some of those lack-of-sleepaholics had something to say. You might be surprised to know that there are many.

Guess what I found out? Stubbing one’s…


Good Is Not Good Enough- A Positive COVID-19 Story
By Harry Hallman

When medical historians reflect on the COVID-19 pandemic and the actions taken to curb and eventually eliminate it, they will concentrate on statistics that reveal how many people caught the virus, how quickly it spread, how many succumbed, and where outbreaks were most virulent. This information is essential to mitigating future pandemics, but statistics alone cannot measure the human cost.

We will mourn those who suffered or perished and those whose lives were negatively impacted by the economic fallout. That is the right thing to do — the…


I once told you I have a time machine. Don’t laugh. You have one also. That time machine is my memories, coupled with my historical fiction writing experiences. Both of these skills allow me to go back in time as far as there are written records, but right now, I want you to come with me as we travel back to the 1930s, ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s.

These were the years most of those who will travel with me were small children or teenagers. Others have grandparents and parents from these eras. …


I just returned from a fantastic journey, a journey to a distant location. I can’t explain it in terms of miles or kilometers. It was strange, very strange, but also exciting and very enjoyable. The thing is that I didn’t have to travel at the speed of light, invent a nuclear-powered machine, or dig a hole to the center of the earth to get to this wonderful place. All I had to do was lay back on the overpriced chaise lounge that my wife had just purchased and close my eyes.

When I opened my eyes, I was eight years…

Harry Hallman

Novelist (Mercy Row Series — www.mercyrow.com), business writer, marketing expert. Available on Amazon.com and other online book sellers. Harry@mercyrow.com

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