Pet Rant: Part 2

Pet Rant: Part 2

Our pet tarantula recently went to “The Big Desert in the Sky.” I’m sad my daughter is sad losing her spider buddy, but I’m not sad there’s no longer a big furry arachnid living in my house on purpose. I’ve been upfront about my domestic pet battles, but I reiterate that my effort to limit ...
Talent vs. Work: Is it And/Or?

Talent vs. Work: Is it And/Or?

If you Google quotes about talent, most of the results will describe how talent itself is fruitless without hard work. For example, Tim Notke said: “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” Anna Pavlova said: “God gives talent, work transforms talent into genius.” Michael Jordan said: “Everybody has talent, but ability takes hard ...
Celebrating Dependence Day

Celebrating Dependence Day

Happy 3rd of July! Does that make it Pre-Independence Day? I wonder what the members of the Continental Congress were doing on July 3, 1776. They certainly weren’t picking up a jumbo pack of sparklers at the local fireworks stand, putting the final touches on a parade float, or marinating steaks for a BBQ. They ...
“Food: Not Just for Eating Anymore”

“Food: Not Just for Eating Anymore”

American Idol wrapped its 15th and final season last month. Sigh. Even though I could still get a little fix of AI glory days watching infamously critical judge Simon make a comeback on America’s Got Talent, it’s not the same. During his British holiday hiatus he became a father and parenthood has made him all ...
Live More by Owning Less, and Scaring the People You Love

Live More by Owning Less, and Scaring the People You Love

Several years ago, I read an article about legendary broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite moving from the four-story Manhattan townhouse he’d lived in for decades to a one-level flat after foot surgery limited his mobility. He discussed the process of sorting through a lifetime of possessions–including a piece of the Berlin Wall–and deciding what to keep ...