Not all that easy, right? Not in this “Barnum & Bailey World…” (Remember? “…just as phony as it can be…”) with its stunning hypocrisy, lying, cheating and stealing, its “how much can we get away with?” attitude, its relentless, tamped down, boiling up rage, resentment…and the resulting revenge on our brothers and sisters. It’s hard to seek out good when bad… read more


In a piece written on February 10, 2001, the Houston Chronicle tells the following story of how, on November 18, 1985, Itzhak Perlman, one of the greatest violinists of our time, came on stage to give a concert at Lincoln Center - a concert that turned out to be even more unforgettable than usual. It’s a story of sheer guts, determination… read more


When our older daughter, Kate, graduated from high school, I gave her a silver tray engraved with some lines from that great song written by Paul Simon and sung by Art Garfunkle, “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Even today, just looking at the lyrics or hearing the song hits me straight in the heart. It reminds me of how incredibly much I love both our daughters, Kate… read more

From Shrinking Violet to Alpha Female

  A decade or so ago we had a bit of a “mouse situation” in our house in Connecticut. Not exactly an infestation, but they were definitely there. And they were brazenly bold little rascals, totally unintimidated by people-and too agile for traps. “We need a cat!” I announced to no one in particular. “Now!”… read more


CONFIDENCE It’s extraordinary how many people whom I work with begin our first conversation with, “The thing is, I just don’t have any confidence.  And given everything that’s going on in my life - especially my work – that’s not a good thing. How can I get it??” Here’s a fact: You don’t have to “get it.” It’s already… read more


I wrote a “motivator” similar to this a couple of years ago, but thought, all things considered, this would be a good time to reprise it. See what you think….   SOMETHING WORTH FIGHTING FOR… You’ve probably heard the story of the guy who climbs up the steep steps to the Pearly Gates to present himself to… read more