Turning 75 Next Year

It's hard to believe that I'm turning 75 years old. Especially since I was born in 1960. But I've decided to turn 75, rather than 60, next year. What strange new eccentricity is this? I'm motivated because: People reach their best at 75: wiser, calmer, more present....

Poems For Dogs, Part 1

What We Are Doing Now You were over there. I was over there. Now we are over here. You can do things I can't do. I can do things you can't do. Together, we can do anything.   Dog. Eat. Dog. Soon after waking, Foodlady fills the dish. We eat. Long into the day,...

Strange Play

Starved for entertainment? I've been cast as the sole performer in the Saturday, December 8th Available Light production of White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour. I don't know anything about this play except what is written on this webpage:...

W.A.I.T.

Early in marriage, Alisa asked me, "How do you determine what you say? Is everything that comes to mind uttered? Is every thought spoken? What is withheld?" To be sure, throughout our marriage, Alisa speaks more substantively. I speak more plentifully. For most of my...

Rescue Not

When someone struggles, it's gracious to offer a helping hand. Except all the time, too early, or for the wrong reason. During a videoconference of Vistage Chairs this morning, one of the Chairs was wrestling with a question. The question required consideration....

The Four Sounds (During A Meeting)

Early this morning, a few Chairs (of Vistage groups) gathered for cross-training. We call it “Chairs On Zoom Getting Coffee.” During today’s Zoom videoconference, this sudden awareness. Four Sounds There are four sounds during a peer group meeting: The voice of one of...

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Recommended Reading

“The Thing All Women Do That You Don’t Know About,” Huffington Post by Gretchen Kelly — for men who stare at women they don’t know

That’s What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together by Joanne Lipman — for anyone who wants to better understand gender at work

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit — for men who want to find out if (when) they are buffoons

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates — for anyone who wants to better understand racial privilege

Are YOU Ready to Succeed?: Unconventional Strategies for Achieving Personal Mastery in Business and Life by Srikumar S. Rao — for Type A people living in a post-industrial society

Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Grace by Gordon MacKenzie — for creative freelancers (and those who hire them)

The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron — to reignite your creativity (buy the paperback and use it like a workbook)