When an Old Man Dies, a Library is Burned With Him

An old proverb.  I think it comes from Africa: “When an old man dies, a library is burned with him.” London, December 2019: We were very tired.  Long flight, no sleep, and hungry.  On the train, luggage in tow, we were looking up at the map to find the station near our hotel.  Noticing our … Continue reading When an Old Man Dies, a Library is Burned With Him

Telling and Yelling isn’t Reaching and Teaching

Motivation pushes us, but most often, that push has a short-term effect.  Many years ago, I went to a motivational seminar with a colleague.  It was huge venue with music, a light show, lots of energy, and a speaker who was challenging me to ‘Step Up’!  Yeah, baby!  But, as I was driving home, I … Continue reading Telling and Yelling isn’t Reaching and Teaching

Raquel Welch Had Nothing to Do with the Creation of This Fork

We don’t do dining rooms.  I mean, that’s a lot of square footage that might only be used, what … three times a year?  So, instead, we have a bar/lounge and we use it every day.  In one corner is a cabinet that has things from traveling, events, and other small things.  On one shelf … Continue reading Raquel Welch Had Nothing to Do with the Creation of This Fork

Human Engagement: So Easy, Even a Caveman Can Do It 

Those Geico caveman commercials were such a success, they made a TV show out of it.  Didn’t last very long, but in one particular episode three cavemen friends go into a Fruitberry shop to get frozen yogurt.  Before going in, the one guy who looks like he’s trying too hard to be an intellectual says, … Continue reading Human Engagement: So Easy, Even a Caveman Can Do It 

Can Our Self-Respect Be Motivated by Revenge?  And What Does Bruce Willis Have to Say About It?

“She dumped him for being too fat, but he got revenge by losing 100 pounds.  Now he’s lean and trim and she regrets it.” These stories are popular all over social media, but the most disturbing part is the context and delivery, using words like “dumped”, “revenge”, and “regret”.  The fact that this kind of … Continue reading Can Our Self-Respect Be Motivated by Revenge?  And What Does Bruce Willis Have to Say About It?