Author Archives: Michael Katz

Hold On to Your Business

(Listen to this post, here.) We were out in Oregon last week visiting our daughter, Emily, who apparently prefers breathtaking landscapes, super-friendly people, and reasonable rents over whatever the opposite of all that is that we offer here in Massachusetts. We spent some time in Portland where she lives, but also traveled to Bend, Oregon, which is about three hours southeast. Bend is in a beautiful desert location, and we took full advantage one day by hiking at nearby Smith Rock State Park. We did the Misery Ridge Trail Loop […] Click to read more…

A Snail Mail Tale

(Listen to this post, here.) Up until I turned 40, I never earned a cent that didn’t come in the form of a paycheck. But when I finally left my last job, I realized something: I prefer working alone. Before that, working in restaurants through college and in companies later on, I was always involved in some sort of group effort. It was fine. But for me, I now realize, doing my own thing is a better fit: I make my own hours (10 – 6); I decorate my own […] Click to read more…

A Hard Habit to Break

(Listen to this post, here.) I’ve heard it said that clothing-wise, whatever you are wearing at 50, you will be wearing for the rest of your life. Apparently, this is when the fashion cement hardens for good. I don’t know if that observation is science-based, but I can tell you that my father, who turned 50 in 1971, was a living, breathing example. The 1970s was an era of extremely short shorts and my dad rocked those well into his late 80s. In my case, as a man whose fashion […] Click to read more…

How I Write This Newsletter

(Listen to this post, here.) My wife and I were in Atlanta last week visiting our son Evan who moved there from Memphis a few months ago. Wow. What a great city. And it didn’t hurt that the weather was beautiful, bringing people outside for all kinds of eating, drinking, walking, pedaling, and scootering activities. I knew when we headed down there that I’d uncover some story fodder worthy of inclusion in this newsletter. But, rather than just writing it as I usually do, I’d like to walk you through the […] Click to read more…

Simply the Best

(Listen to this post, here.) Over the past 20 years, science has delivered a ton of interesting and useful inventions. Smartphones. 3-D printing. And don’t even get me started on the burning-bush-level miracle that is Lady Gaga Oreos. Overall, the point of innovation is to make life easier, better, more efficient. Sometimes, however, things move in the wrong direction. Take liquid “body wash.” Why this is considered an improvement over bar soap (which has been around for 5,000 years) is beyond me. Whenever I visit someone and this is the […] Click to read more…