Fighting the gray skies of January

We’ve hit the middle of January. In the U.S, we’re one month into winter with two months still to go. This is usually the point in the winter when I get tired of the cold and gray skies and need to regroup, remembering that the dark days of winter will not stay forever. It's usually... Continue Reading →

When the rubber hits the road

We're a few days into the new year. It's time for the real work to begin and to get serious about what we want to accomplish. It's time to ask ourselves: How we're going to make the goals become reality? What steps are we willing to make them happen? What's our plan? I had a... Continue Reading →

What will 2023 bring?

We had been out grocery shopping and my wife suggested we stop for ice cream. It's winter and it's cold, but sometimes you need a reward. While I was drinking my shake, I noticed two things. First, I noticed that the young server failed to give me a cherry on the top of my shake.... Continue Reading →

What is a leader?

When I was younger, I had an image in my head of what it meant to be a great leader. I envisioned John Wayne in one of his classic western movies, boldly taking up center stage on my television screen. He was loud and determined, decisive in his decision-making, and had an all-business demeanor. If... Continue Reading →

An unexpected anniversary present

My wife gave me the dreaded “It’s not you, it’s me” speech last weekend. I couldn’t believe her timing. We were traveling 75 mph on Route 95, the main north-south Interstate Highway, outside of Washington, DC, a flurry of cars, SUVs, and big rigs on either side of us, and out of the blue she... Continue Reading →

Charles in Charge

After ten days of public mourning, Queen Elizabeth II was taken to Westminster Abbey — where she was crowned in 1953 — and then laid to rest on Monday. I’ve written in the past that I’m not big follower of the British Royals, but that doesn’t mean I don’t find the family dynamics fascinating. Here’s... Continue Reading →

Getting an assigned seat

We’d walk into class and sit down next to our friends. I’d try to sit next to Darren or Steve. If they weren’t in my class, maybe Robbie or Dana from the school bus. We were crazy elementary school kids, full of first day jitters. If you didn’t have any friends in the same class,... Continue Reading →

Checking my biases at the door

I held my phone up to the scanner to get my boarding pass, but nothing happened. I turned it in a different direction, but the scanner still failed to pick up the QR code. I looked up for help. What was I doing wrong? Finally, a Muslim woman with the airline, wearing a hijab, a... Continue Reading →

Click your heels, Dorothy!

I have a pet peeve.  As talk of Covid has died down this year, I hear a lot of business moguls and corporate leaders encouraging workers to return to the office. As one executive said this week on one of the morning business shows, “If you have a chance to go back, go back to... Continue Reading →

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