Yearly Archives: 2018

Closing Is Not Selling

(Listen to this post, here.) On the odd chance that you forgot, I wanted to remind you of the significance of this past Saturday, December 8th. Because on that day, I arrived at what I like to call the “Marriage Equilibrium Threshold.” More specifically, it was the day on which I had been married for 10,647 days. Prior to that, I had been single for 10,647 days. Like a nine-month old baby, it was the day on which I had been in […] Click to read more…

 

A Blast From The Past

(Listen to this post, here.) Most of the time, in situations like this, you don’t find anything worth saving. I was down in New York, visiting my mom at her assisted living facility.  She and my dad moved there eight or nine years ago. He has since passed, but she is still chugging along, as best as one can chug at 92 ½. I was looking through a box in her closet when I came upon a letter, written by […] Click to read more…

 

*NOT* Free Falling

(Listen to this post, here.) Maybe you’ve seen the TED talk given by Alex Honnold, a guy – actually the only guy – to have ever completed a free-solo (i.e., no ropes) ascent of “El Capitan,” a 3,000 foot, vertical cliff in Yosemite National Park. As a person who has trouble comfortably ascending a ladder to clean leaves out of the gutters, I can’t begin to understand how one climbs a half-mile-high rock wall, knowing that one mistake and it’s all over. What if you sneeze? Or […] Click to read more…

 

Park Yourself in Harvard Yard

(Listen to this post, here.) I couldn’t have been on the street for more than 10 seconds. That’s how long it takes to walk from the parking lot to the front door of the Sheraton Commander hotel in Harvard Square. But as I did, I heard a car horn; it was my friend Ed, who just happened to be driving by at the exact same moment. I gave him the finger – I’m kidding, I waved – and walked into the […] Click to read more…

 

The Friendship Illusion

(Listen to this post, here.) I was down on Long Island last weekend, attending my 40th high school reunion. It was, as you might expect, fascinating. Some people were a lot heavier. Some people had hardly changed at all. Others had gone almost completely bald, giving them the appearance of an extinct, prehistoric bird (hey man, no need to get personal). And, as you might further expect, there was a lot of catching up to do. Given that I hadn’t seen most […] Click to read more…