Yearly Archives: 2018

Right Question, Wrong People

(Listen to this post, here.) This time of year, in this part of the world, it’s hard to avoid baseball. It’s on all the screens in all the bars. It’s all over my Instagram account. It’s on the waiting room TV at my local hair replacement clinic (I was picking something up for a friend). And so while I’m normally not particularly interested in the game or the outcomes, I’ve spent a fair amount of time this past month watching […] Click to read more…

 

(Hand)Shake Up Your Presentations

(Listen to this post, here.) Like you, I’ve lately been thinking a lot about handshakes. Supposedly, they began in medieval times as a way to prove that you were not carrying a weapon. I’m not sure how useful this might have been even back then since … surprise! … the dagger is in my left hand. In any case, and given that today even most lefties are unarmed, it strikes me that handshakes are of little practical value. And, when you […] Click to read more…

 

Rocky Mountain Low

(Listen to this post, here.) Quick: What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Colorado?  If you said, “mountains” or “sunshine” or “legal weed,” I’m going to give you full credit. For me, unfortunately, and up until just last week, the answer would have been, “unbelievably long lines at the Advantage car rental office.”  That’s because one year ago, when my wife Linda and I landed at Denver airport en route to dropping off our son Jonathan […] Click to read more…

 

Information Underload

(Listen to this post, here.) I turned the corner onto a quiet side street near my office. I was walking; he was driving a mail truck. As he came past me with the sliding door open, we nodded to each other in that not unfriendly, but not particularly inviting way that men here in New England are famous for. Something about him was definitely familiar. Before I could figure out what it was, I heard the truck stop behind me and […] Click to read more…

 

Almost Heaven

(Listen to this post, here.) “If you flattened it out, it would be as big as Texas.” That, according to my sister-in-law Eliza, is what her mother used to say about West Virginia. We were on vacation there last week visiting Eliza and husband Chris. After driving around for a few days, I think her mom may have had a point: Beautiful, lush, rolling hills wherever you looked. One night, a few days later (full disclosure: I had consumed several […] Click to read more…