Category: Confidence & Freedom

Where’s the Opportunity?

(Listen to this post, here.) Almost exactly one year ago, things were shaping up nicely for my youngest son, Jonathan. He was a second-year mechanical engineering student at the University of Denver and had just landed a summer internship at a cool tech firm near school. He was thrilled. The internship would allow him to learn some new things, make some money and remain in Denver for the summer, as opposed to moving back home for three months to live in a sleepy suburb with his parents. (I know, I […] Click to read more…

What Are You Waiting For?

(Listen to this post, here.) “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.” – Irish Proverb My wife, Linda, and I have been in Grecia, Costa Rica now for three weeks. We came here as kind of an experiment: The kids are off to college and beyond; the house has been sold in favor of a maintenance-free condo; and we both work independently and more or less remotely. So, in an attempt to sidestep yet another Massachusetts February, we thought maybe a month in the sun would […] Click to read more…

I Got That Sunshine In My Pocket

(Listen to this post, here.) You’ll be pleased to learn that as of yesterday, I have a brand new phone: an iPhone 6S.  It’s by no means top of the line. But it is new and, unlike my old phone, fast, filled with extra capacity, and capable of running every app I want and need. It’s also, I must say, a work of art. Weighing just a hair over five ounces, and barely a quarter of an inch thick, holding it in your hand is like holding a warm ray of […] Click to read more…

The Nature Of The Beast

(Listen to this post, here.) I won’t lie to you – horses kind of scare me. They are just so immense. Of course, there are other large animals out there too. But you don’t often find yourself standing next to them. Or, as happened to me recently, climbing onto their backs and riding them (whose idea was this?). We were out in Western Colorado visiting my wife’s college friend Edie. Edie and her husband, Gary, live up in the hills at about 7,500 feet. They are very resourceful – the […] Click to read more…

To Xfinity And Beyond

(Listen to this post, here.) The first concert I ever attended was on June 3, 1978 at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island. Unfortunately, the performer was Bruce Springsteen. I say unfortunately, because as any number of rock ‘n’ roll enthusiasts will tell you, Bruce Springsteen just may be the best live performer on Earth. And so after experiencing his speaker-climbing, story-telling, crowd-surfing, three-plus-hour extravaganza, I simply assumed this was the norm for live concerts. That was a big mistake. Seeing Springsteen first and then moving on to other concerts was […] Click to read more…