Thank Heaven for My Wife

"A moment of patience in a moment of anger saves a thousand moments of regret." I was excited. I had an idea for blog post hours before I usually start writing my post; most days I don't come up with an idea until much later in the day. When I mentioned the idea for my … Continue reading Thank Heaven for My Wife

Has Technology Taken the Fun Out of Ding-Dong Ditch?

I'm guessing most of us have done it. Ran up to a neighbor's house, either knocked on the door or rang the bell, and then ran away before anyone answered the door. In the U.S. it's known as ding-dong ditch, and it's probably one of the first pranks kids learned while growing up. It's a … Continue reading Has Technology Taken the Fun Out of Ding-Dong Ditch?

The Power of Kindness

Elizabeth Bernstein wrote a wonderful story in Wednesday's Wall Street Journal: Why Being Kind Helps You, Too—Especially Now. Bernstein notes that there is research which links kindness to a wealth of physical and emotional benefits. Plus, it’s an excellent coping skill for the Covid-19 era. Here are some of the highlights from the story: Studies … Continue reading The Power of Kindness

John Steinbeck Knew What It Took for the World to be a Kinder, Gentler Place

I have no idea how I've gotten to my age without ever having read Of Mice and Men. But today I put an end that gap in my literary education, and so far, so good. The beginning of the book features an essay on Steinbeck by Susan Shillinglaw, who at the time was a professor … Continue reading John Steinbeck Knew What It Took for the World to be a Kinder, Gentler Place

Another Reason to Love the People of Singapore

The coronoavirus has become a global news story, and each country is giving advice to its citizens as to how to best deal with the coronavirus. The most agreed upon preventive measure seems to be frequent hand washing. Another preventive measure, but not as universally accepted, is the use of facial masks. In Singapore, the … Continue reading Another Reason to Love the People of Singapore

Twelve Traits I Look for in a President

These twelve traits are in no particular order, although I would probably say the first one is the most important one for me: kindness wisdom humility collaborative fairness compassion honesty sense of humor enthusiasm creative peaceful sense of gratitude To me, character matters, a lot, in our leaders. I think it would be impossible to … Continue reading Twelve Traits I Look for in a President

The 10-5 Rule for Civility

In today's Pinkcast, Dan Pink interviews Christine Porath, a Georgetown University professor and author of Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace. In the interview, Porath shares a remarkably simple technique for deepening respect and promoting belongingness in any setting. In other words, how to be more civil and kind. Porath notes that civility is … Continue reading The 10-5 Rule for Civility

“No Act of Kindness, No Matter How Small, Is Ever Wasted”

The quote above comes from the famous Aesop's fable of the Lion and the Mouse. Here's the short story, in case you've forgotten it or never heard of it. A Lion lay asleep in the forest, his great head resting on his paws. A timid little Mouse came upon him unexpectedly, and in her fright … Continue reading “No Act of Kindness, No Matter How Small, Is Ever Wasted”

A “Helping You to Be More Thoughtful” App

We use apps to play games. We use apps to check our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds. We use apps to read the news. None of these apps makes us a better person or improves our relationships with those we are close to. In fact, it might be argued that if we are using these … Continue reading A “Helping You to Be More Thoughtful” App

Seth Godin’s Blog Hits Close to Home

Here is yesterday's post from Seth Godin: For generations, people dumped crap into the Hudson River. The river was so large and so swift that they assumed that the effluent wouldn’t come back to haunt them. Of course, it did, killing the oyster beds and poisoning the public. How big does a body of water … Continue reading Seth Godin’s Blog Hits Close to Home