Originally published November 12, 2017. Once upon a time the Christmas season didn't start until the day after Thanksgiving. Quaint, I know. Now the annual season of love commerce is played out against the soundtrack of news reports announcing the annual War on Christmas. This column opened a can of worms with 'Happy Holidays?'
Originally published November 5, 2017. For all the sexual predators in the workplace, these aren't the best of times. The #MeToo movement is shining some bright light into the corner offices of America. Just ask Harvey or Kevin, or Matt, or Al, or... Here's a modern look at an ancient tradition.
Originally published on October 29, 2017. Since 800 AD pilgrims have been traveling the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain. This summer was our turn. A 500-mile walk brings life into a much sharper focus as all the extraneous noise falls away. Here is some hard-won knowledge that came from a very long walk.
Originally published on October 22, 2017, wherein we opened a can of worms: President Trump vs. the NFL. The flag vs. free speech. A philosophical Super Bowl. Around here we're always willing to tackle the tough ones.
Originally published on October 15, 2017. I was doing something nice for someone but felt a little grumpy while doing it. It left me feeling guilty, and angry at myself. An argument (with myself) ensued. Evidently I'm not the only one who's ever felt that way.
Originally published on October 8, 2017. We took a quick jump back in time. November 9, 2016, the day after Election Day. It was me vs. a class of high school kids, and the realization that the just-completed one-of-a-kind election campaign we'd just completed was (for them) the new normal. An uncomfortable perspective for a new generation.
Originally published October 1, 2017. From former Hungarian president Vaclav Havel: "The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that his lack of self awareness bothers him less and less.”
Originally published September 24, 2017. Here's what happens when we say we support something then prove through our actions we don't. China steps up and siphons off our best and brightest.
Originally published September 17, 2017. Some tales from the front lines in the battle for family togetherness. Sometimes the simplest ideas are true secret weapons.
Originally published on September 10. 2017. It may well be that a lot of our manufacturing jobs will come back, but what if there aren't enough people to fill them. It's happening today.