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John Hook

John Hook is the president of The Hook Group, a local management consulting firm, and active in several nonprofit organizations. Previously John spent 25 years in executive, management and marketing positions with regional and national firms. John lives in Ferguson Township with his wife Jackie and their two children.

Articles by John Hook

Opinion: Differing Opinions Don't Call for Shaming
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Opinion: Differing Opinions Don't Call for Shaming
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Is it so difficult to believe that people with different opinions exist that some writers feel justified in name-calling and shaming these people? [Read More]
Presidential Races Get the Attention, but State and Local Elections Deserve Your Energy Too
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Presidential Races Get the Attention, but State and Local Elections Deserve Your Energy Too
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
In spite of all the bluster and hullabaloo over this and every presidential election, a friend recently noted to me that as far as money is concerned, when voting we should be just as concerned, if not more so, about statewide and local elections. [Read More]
A Connection to Our Community and Personal Histories
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A Connection to Our Community and Personal Histories
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
As I looked from headstone to headstone I felt a number of different emotions – astonishment, sadness, awe, surprise, wonder, intrigue. [Read More]
Some Pandemic Etiquette for Our Walks and Runs
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Some Pandemic Etiquette for Our Walks and Runs
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
In an effort to make it easier for all of us to make it through this depression, I want to propose some etiquette rules for those of us getting exercise on the sidewalks and bike paths. [Read More]
Scapegoating Takes Us Down a Dangerous Path
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Scapegoating Takes Us Down a Dangerous Path
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
With the knowledge and hindsight of centuries of scapegoating we could hope that in today’s ever-more-informed society it would become a thing of the past. Something easily identified and halted before lives are ruined, or in the most disastrous and appalling instances, people are killed. Which is [Read More]
Media Literacy Is a Valuable Tool in a Time of COVID-19 Information Overload
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Media Literacy Is a Valuable Tool in a Time of COVID-19 Information Overload
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
every day we learn more about COVID-19 and are inundated with figures, speculations, proclamations and prohibitions. How are we supposed to make sense of all this? How are we to determine what is fact and what is fiction? What will keep us healthy and what could make us sick? Who should we listen to [Read More]
Missing Out on the Party in an Unconventional Time
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Missing Out on the Party in an Unconventional Time
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
We’re getting into the thick of a presidential election cycle and if the year 2020 was a normal year I would be in Charlotte, North Carolina as you read this. Except I’m not – I’m here in Happy Valley. This is the first time since 1996 that I am not spending five days each in the cities wher [Read More]
An Epic Title Fight
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An Epic Title Fight
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Eleven years ago when we purchased the RV, PennDOT did not record a lien on it. Consequently when it was recently paid off and we expected the title in the mail – which should have been mailed the next business day according to PennDOT — they did not send us one, meaning we couldn’t finalize t [Read More]
Ode to an RV
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Ode to an RV
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Almost exactly 11 years ago the call of the open road became so loud in our house that the only way to quiet it was to purchase an RV. So we did: a 36’ Class A with a queen bedroom in the rear and two bunkbeds for the kids near the middle, opposite the bathroom. Now we say goodbye to it. [Read More]
No AC in July Seemed Like It Might Be a Breath of Fresh Air. How Wrong I Was
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No AC in July Seemed Like It Might Be a Breath of Fresh Air. How Wrong I Was
20 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
This past week however, the “spending as much time as possible at home” portion of pandemic life became a nightmare. Not because four months of isolation with no end in sight finally caused us to re-evaluate our thoughts about the pandemic. No, it was because our central air-conditioning system [Read More]
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