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WHERE’S DIOGENES WHEN WE NEED HIM? 

WHERE’S DIOGENES WHEN WE NEED HIM?  Remember him? He’s the guy who founded “Cynical Philosophy.” He was actually called “Diogenes the Cynic” and lived in Greece from 412 to 323 BC. Ancient Greek writings credit Diogenes with the famous “search for an honest man” which he conducted in broad daylight, carrying a lighted lantern that he… read more

LOOK UP!

LOOK UP! As I’ve written before, I talk to the trees. (There’s  song about that from the musical, “Paint Your Wagon…”) Seriously, I always have. I grew up in Bay Village, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland and lived right smack on Lake Erie where trees grow like crazy. When I was about six years old… read more

GRACE UNDER PRESSURE…WINS

Hitting below the belt or thereabouts, seems to be de riguer lately. “Confrontational” doesn’t even begin to describe how many of us behave in what are supposed to be reasonable, “fact-finding” conversations. (Although discovering “facts” doesn’t seem as important as collecting scalps.) “Conflagrational” seems a more accurate description. Okay, what I’m describing – political posturing,… read more

THE WAY YOU WEAR YOUR HAT…

Riding down Fifth Avenue last week (well, one doesn’t really “ride” down Fifth Avenue these days, it’s more like crawling with fits and starts – mainly “fits,” whatever they are – thanks to the endless construction/destruction of NYC streets, but never mind), I saw a great looking guy crossing the street wearing a sort of… read more

PLAIN SPEAKING…

I always loved this quote of “Give ‘em hell, Harry” Truman’s: “I fired General MacArthur because he wouldn’t respect the authority of the President. I didn’t fire him because he was a dumb son of a bitch, although he was, but that’s not against the law for generals…” As the Saturday Review put it in… read more

WHAT TO RUN ON WHEN YOU’RE RUNNING ON EMPTY

Sometimes the times that try men’s and women’s souls aren’t the major hits or the seemingly end of the world occurrences – the job lost, the big chance blown, the wedding canceled. But rather it’s the wear and tear of the little stuff – the constant criticisms, the endless requests, the changes of direction, the… read more

YOU COME, TOO…

Ever since I can remember, I’ve Ioved this simple, soothing poem by Robert Frost. I first wrote about it a few years ago. But its message fits so beautifully with summer, I thought I’d repeat it… The Pasture “I’m going out to clean the pasture spring; I’ll only stop to rake the leaves away (And… read more

“LIVING WELL IS THE BEST REVENGE”

“LIVING WELL IS THE BEST REVENGE” The British poet, George Herbert (1593 -1633) wrote those words a few hundred years ago. I believe in “living well,” – however each of us might define that – but the question of course, is “Wait a second, what did Herbert mean by ‘revenge’? Revenge for what??” Robert Frost… read more

IF I HAD A HAMMER…..

IF I HAD A HAMMER….. You remember that wonderful song, written by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays in 1949 and made immensely popular by Peter, Paul and Mary over a decade later. “If I had a hammer, I’d hammer in the morning, I’d hammer in the evening, all over this land…I’d hammer out danger, I’d… read more

SOUND AND FURY VERSUS THE MAN IN THE ARENA

SOUND AND FURY VERSUS THE MAN IN THE ARENA I wrote a “Motivator” very similar to this a little less than a year ago. But lately, the same quotes have been relentlessly flooding through my mind in the middle of the night, (I can’t imagine why. Or can I?) And all things considered, I couldn’t… read more