Category: Confidence & Freedom

Predictable Unpredictability

Did you see the eclipse last week? We drove to Burlington, Vermont to stay with my wife’s brother for a couple of days to watch it. It was spectacular; without question the second most fun I’ve ever had in three-and-a-half minutes. Afterwards, it occurred to me that an eclipse is kind of the exact opposite of life as an independent professional.  Reason #1. An Eclipse is an All-Encompassing Event I knew it would be big. But as the day drew closer, I was still surprised by how much it took over everything: […] Click to read more…

Off the Beaten Path

This is the fourth time my wife, Linda, and I have decamped to beautiful Costa Rica for a month, give or take. It’s a terrific way to reduce the length of a New England winter (like baseball games and pregnancy, it’s fun at first but soon becomes a grind) and parachute into a different country and culture for a little while. When it comes to traveling, we lean away from the beaten path. Not to say we have not done the standard Costa Rican tourist things like zip-lining, volcano-hiking, and […] Click to read more…

Easy Rider

When it comes to exercise, biking is not high on my list. I’m more of a “recreational biker” – I enjoy bopping along on a rail trail at an easy pace, not sweating my way up a steep hill as fast as possible. So when my wife, Linda, suggested we join a ride organized by the nearby Ashland Bike Club this past weekend, I was less than enthusiastic.   However, once again, she was right (I’ve lost count at this point). It was a beautiful day and riding with a group – there […] Click to read more…

Trust-Based Marketing

How afraid of heights am I? Well, let’s just say that if I were any taller, I’d be scared to stand up straight. And so during a recent trip to Costa Rica, when my wife and two sons asked if I wanted to join them in a paragliding adventure, my first response was, “I believe you have mistaken me for somebody else.” After all, if cleaning the leaves out of our house gutters (on the first floor) causes my hands to sweat, I can only imagine what kind of deluge […] Click to read more…

Language Lab Lessons

As has become our annual habit (a two-year pause during Covid not withstanding), my wife Linda and I are working remotely in Costa Rica for the month of February. It’s a great way to escape winter – not that it ever showed up in New England this year – and thanks to the legendary degree of Costa Rican friendliness, it’s pretty easy to settle in here. Spanish, of course, is the native tongue and we do our best not to sound like complete idiots when attempting to communicate. The other day, […] Click to read more…