Rekindle Your Newsletter

The truth is, it took me a long time to buy a Kindle. It’s not that I don’t like gadgetry, it’s just that I really like books. I like the way they feel. I like the way they look. I like sitting at my desk and seeing them happily loitering on my bookshelves across the way. But when I finally tried a Kindle, I was pretty much sold. First, and because it is Wi-Fi connected, I have immediate access to thousands of books. Plus, I can tap on a word […] Click to read more…

Voices Carry

We just got back from a terrific, two-week family vacation in beautiful Colorado. We covered a lot of ground, making a big loop from Denver to Durango to Ouray to Golden to Boulder and back again to Denver. Along the way, two things stood out to me: Thing #1. The state of Colorado does not care whether you live or die. Want to ride a motorcycle without a helmet? Go right ahead. Feel like swimming in a raging river? Hop on in. Have the urge to drive along a two-lane mountain […] Click to read more…

Katz Got Your Tongue

Well, it happened again yesterday. I was standing in line at Starbucks awaiting my turn to order (tall, black, dark roast) when I heard a young woman say my name. Except that’s not what happened. What she said was, “I need to get back home to feed my cats.” What I heard was, “I need to get back home to feed Mike Katz.” Which of course, makes no sense, since I had just eaten lunch and I don’t even know where that woman lives. This phenomenon, known in the literature […] Click to read more…

Is Your Overlap Lacking?

I was a little worried there for a while, but everything worked out in the end. I had stopped into a local gas station yesterday to fill up. I was in the town of Milford, one of the few remaining places in Massachusetts where it is still illegal to pump your own gas (don’t ask, I don’t know either). And so while the man was taking care of things, I grabbed my wallet from the center console. Except …. my wallet wasn’t there. Uh oh. Now what? There are no […] Click to read more…

Their Marketing Does Not Apply to You

When it comes to watching sports, I am far from what you would call a “superfan.” Football? Occasionally. Baseball? Only if I’m at a live game. Hockey? No interest. Looks like something a bunch of middle schoolers invented after their moms told them to turn off the TV and go play outside. But basketball … that I like. Plus, because I play each week in my town’s middle school gym, there’s some potential for me to take what I learn from watching the professionals and apply it to my own game. […] Click to read more…