That Helpless Feeling

Even though I am in my forties, sometimes I feel helpless. Watching decisions made at the highest levels that you thought no decent human being could make. The illusion that leadership meant sacrifice, service, and humility. We’re supposed to be better than this, but we can’t use the excuse that it’s just one or two … Continue reading That Helpless Feeling

Language of Learning

My oldest son has started noticing when people are speaking different languages. Sometimes it's Spanish. Sometimes it's French. Sometimes it's a language that I don't recognize. I've explained to him that people who come from other parts of the world learn different languages, and sometimes they speak the language that they know from home. Now … Continue reading Language of Learning

An Imaginary Commencement Address

I have always enjoyed commencement addresses. Graduation is a milestone event and a significant transition in someone’s life. With the benefit of YouTube, today anyone can go back and watch great commencement addresses. One of my favorite’s is David Foster Wallace’s speech to the graduates of Kenyon College in 2005. One of my long-term goals … Continue reading An Imaginary Commencement Address

Searching for a Differentiator

Even if I didn’t know the date, I can tell that our state’s primary election is just around the corner because of the volume of direct mail and campaign volunteers arriving on a weekly basis. During the last month we’ve had to put a ‘do not disturb’ sign on the front door during our children’s … Continue reading Searching for a Differentiator