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…

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My doctor broke up with me. I got a letter in the mail yesterday in which she explained she has decided to leave private practice and will no longer be treating patients. I assume it had nothing to do with me, although you never know. My standard doctor’s office jokes (Doctor: “Which arm should I use to take blood? Me: “How about one of yours?”) are enough to drive anyone out of the profession. But I don’t mind telling you, this has thrown me for a bit of a loop. I […] Click to read more…

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When it comes to houseplants, I am as interested as the next person. Provided, that is, that the next person has basically no interest. I have nothing against our leafy friends, but I rarely notice them. So when my wife, Linda, suggested I get a plant for my new office, I reluctantly agreed – I knew it would be up to me to keep that thing alive. Well, you’ll be pleased to learn it’s been several months now and my office plant is thriving. Recently, however, I ran into a snag: Linda […] 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…

You’re Fixing the Wrong Thing

Danger was the last thing on my mind. After all, it was a quiet, sunny day and I had just pulled out of my office parking lot on my way to lunch with my friend Will. But as I stopped 50 feet up the road at the traffic light, the few inches of snow that had been happily sitting on the roof of my car since yesterday’s storm came sliding down onto my front windshield. I couldn’t see a thing and there was clearly too much snow to use the wipers. […] Click to read more…