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

My Grandmother; The 103 Year Old Guru

Everyone in my family; my mother, aunts, uncles, cousins, and so on, were gossipy, angry, miserable, grudge-holding, and so full of drama.  Everyone.  What a terrible existence.  My Grandmother was the oldest of nine children (my aunts and uncles) and she attended each of their funerals.  She attended my mother’s funeral as well; her own … Continue reading My Grandmother; The 103 Year Old Guru