Category Archives: Confidence & Freedom

Hunger Games

I live by two simple rules: Rule #1: Never sit in the front row of a comedy or dolphin show. In both cases, you’re liable to be more involved than you’d like. Rule #2: Never shop for food when you’re hungry. Here, you’re apt to buy things that you neither want nor need. And yet there I was, just this past Sunday, strolling into the Hannaford Supermarket around 2pm. I’d been running around all morning. I hadn’t eaten lunch. We […] Click to read more…

 

Leader Of The Pack

I run, but not very fast. Drop me into a 5K race and you can pretty much set your watch by my 10-minute miles (not that I recommend this). My children, on the other hand, are rather speedy. Youngest child Jonathan, for example, runs cross country as a high school junior and is solidly in the top seven or eight among his 40+ teammates. As a practical matter, that means that during a race with one (or more) other teams, […] Click to read more…

 

Rules Of Engagement

My flight’s landing into McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas last week was aborted at the last minute. Seriously. Not an oxygen-mask-deploying, Denzel-Washington-piloting, grown-men-sobbing (hey, I never said I was brave) abort, but scary all the same. We were coming in for what seemed like a normal landing on a beautiful, clear day. Suddenly, with the runway already visible, the plane abruptly changed its mind and steeply banked upward for several minutes, going back up through the clouds. Listen To […] Click to read more…

 

Fly The Friendly Skies

The truth is, I’m not actually afraid of heights … I’m afraid of falling from heights. This may seem like a minor distinction, but it’s the reason why I have no problem inside an airplane, glass elevator or shaky gondola (a great name for a band), but break into a cold sweat (literally) when stepping out onto a fifth floor balcony. And so it was with some confidence that I quickly and eagerly said yes when my brother-in-law Neale invited […] Click to read more…

 

Care To Make It Interesting?

You’ll be pleased to know that in just a few short weeks, my son Evan will graduate from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee (school motto: We’ve never heard of you either). In addition to his academic work, key accomplishments include fronting a (now defunct) band, co-founding a nonprofit newspaper for the homeless and launching a (recently venture-funded) business. He’s had a great run and, needless to say, we are quite proud. But I have to tell you, the one thing […] Click to read more…