December

KEEPING OUR FAITH IN PEOPLE

KEEPING OUR FAITH IN PEOPLE It’s absolutely vital to keep our faith…in ourselves, in each other, in people in general. If we lose it, if we become cynical, negative doubters and full-time critics, we lose big time – and ultimately, we lose ourselves. But faith, like trust, can be fragile and fleeting. There are so many “pulls”… read more

TIME TO GET BACK IN THE GAME…

I know, I know, it seems like a minute ago we were saying, “What?! It’s 2016 already?!? Obviously, the earth is spinning faster than it used to. “Stop the World, I Want To Get Off!” right? Just kidding… Actually, what we need is a brand new, never before touched, anything is possible, bright, shiny, newer than new…year! And… read more

FLYING HIGH

I’ve done a lot of flying lately: long flights, short flights, in between flights – and had some pretty, uh, ‘interesting” experiences. But, there’s one flight which, although a couple of years have past, still takes the cake. In fact, I just wish I could relive it! Here’s the story as I wrote it right after it happened…… read more

HELLO, STRANGER…!

I will never forget when, shortly after moving to NYC, I took my very first bus ride down Fifth Avenue to go to work. As I walked down the aisle, looking for an empty seat, I smiled and said hello to everyone who happened to look my way. Hey, I’m from Ohio, okay? That’s how we… read more

NO EXPERIENCE IS EVER WASTED …It’s all good

Recently, someone whom I’d just met was reading my bio and noted that I’d majored in acting at Yale Graduate School of Drama. “Wow, that must have been a lot of work,” he said, “but what does that have to do with your career? I mean, you’re obviously not an actor now. Seems like a waste..” “Actually,” I… read more

HO, HO, HO….?

HO, HO, HO….? One of the really good things about Christmas is that it comes every single year.  No matter what else is going on. And theres’s a lot “else” that’s going on. I doubt if any of us has experienced a “darker” more “dread-inducing” time (as the NYTimes put it a week ago…) than the one… read more

2015…WHAT TO BRING, WHAT TO LEAVE BEHIND

The question of what to bring with us into the New Year - the future,  the next great segment of our lives – and what to leave behind is not a frivolous one. Nor are the answers necessarily obvious or all that easy. As I was packing last week for a ten-day family holiday sojourn at our old farmhouse in Connecticut, I realized I’d done… read more

“HAVE I COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE?”

I’ve always been a little bit crazy when it comes to finding special Christmas gifts for our daughters, Kate and Abigail. But when they were little, I got totally carried away. The thing is, there always had to be something alive…I mean it could be anything. Seriously. It could be parakeets, tropical fish, hamsters, rabbits, baby chicks, kittens, puppies…as… read more

UGLY BETTY’S ENCORE!

We picked out our Christmas Tree yesterday. “Picking out the tree” is just about my most favorite moment of any year…but this year it was also more than a bit nostalgic. You might remember my writing about last year’s tree. (I think it won the prize for most popular “Motivator” for 2013…) She (it was definitely… read more

GONNA FIND OUT WHO’S NAUGHTY OR NICE…

GONNA FIND OUT WHO’S NAUGHTY OR NICE… Actually, Santa could be tempted to take a major shortcut to doing his job this Christmas. “Makin’ a list and checkin’ it twice” could already be done for him, thanks to a controversial “behavior-tracking app” called ClassDojo that lets grade school (and even pre-kindergarten) teachers award points (or subtract them) based on each child’s conduct.  The points are posted on an “interactive… read more