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The Powerful Example of a Young Hockey Player’s Handshake


Minnesota high school hockey culture is, at times, brutal. What’s euphemistically called “chirping” is variously rude, scatological, misogynistic, thin-skinned, and profane. The f-word is inserted by some on the ice and in tweets as adjective, verb, and noun. Insulting the other teams’ skill, appearance, girlfriends, economic status, masculinity, or parentage is de rigueur. Yet one can’t judge these 16-to-18-year-olds too harshly; there’s a lot of that snottiness going around from people old enough to know better.

So it was a pleasant surprise to witness what happened after the state championship game last weekend. The story is my latest column for Forbes.

The Injustice of Making Someone a ‘Ghost’


The women of Hidden Figures wrote reports for NASA, but got no credit. Barbara Feinman Todd wrote 75 percent of It Takes a Village for Hillary Clinton, but got no credit. The names of Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman mysteriously vanished from their 1999 bestseller, First Break All the Rules. Why do we countenance the deception of “alternative authorship?” It’s the topic of my latest column for Forbes.

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