Category Archives: Start With These

Why Your Writing Has No Impact

They say you never forget your first love and for me, that’s totally true … … I remember the exact moment I first tasted pesto. It was 23 years ago, in the summer of ’92. Nothing in my life has been the same since. It began when my wife Linda and I were eating dinner at an Italian restaurant in Lexington, Massachusetts with our friends Val and Mike. I don’t know why, but instead of my usual veal marsala or […] Click to read more…

 

What Kind of Work Do You Do?

You might think I’m making this up, but I assure you that every word of this story is true… A few years ago, my family and I went on vacation to Panama. It’s a beautiful country with amazing wildlife and lots of very nice people. We had a great time. Unfortunately, I don’t speak any Spanish. And so on the day we arrived, I turned to my then 17-year-old son Evan (the ranking Spanish speaker in the family) and asked […] Click to read more…

 

Bagel And Goliath

They closed the bagel store near my house. That’s right, closed. I showed up for breakfast a few weeks ago – as I have been doing two or three times a week for the past ten years – and the place was shut down cold. Uh oh, that’s a problem. And so thinking as clearly as a man without coffee can think, I hopped back in my car and drove around the corner to Panera Bread. Listen To This Post I […] Click to read more…

 

It’s Good To Be King

I probably shouldn’t admit this, but it’s a fact: My personal popularity peaked in mid-1983. And while I like to think of myself as an optimist, I doubt it will ever reach such heights again. Was it because I owned several Culture Club albums? No, but I did. Was it because I had a full head of beautiful hair? Well, that certainly didn’t hurt, but no, that’s not the reason either. It’s because I was a bank teller. Listen To […] Click to read more…

 

That’s The Way You Do It

I don’t know for sure, but I’m willing to bet that my 14-year-old son Jonathan will never have a “real job.” Last week was a perfect example of why not. We were up in beautiful Burlington, Vermont for a couple of days, visiting Champlain College. My wife Linda is an independent college counselor (she doesn’t have a real job either) and while she toured the campus and met with mucky mucks during the day, Jonathan, my 17-year-old daughter Emily and […] Click to read more…