Half A Brain

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“If you had more than half a brain, you’d be dangerous.” I recall hearing words to that effect a few times in my more impulsive youth — usually in the aftermath of some ill-considered venture like stuffing cicada shells in exhaust pipes, dispatching a rattlesnake in my parents garage with gasoline and a match, or choosing to paint a house …

Cool Stuff My Dad Used To Say

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’ve spent a lot of time on the issue of fathers this week. It included clients dealing with the influences of that role (both the receiving and giving side), a dear friend who lost hers, watching my son-in-law with his two ruffians, and perhaps looking ahead to a men’s weeklong fly fishing retreat where—inevitability—one of the most perplexing stations in …

Forced Swing Don’t Just Happen On The Golf Course

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Okay, there is a pattern here. By Day Two of a major tournament, Tiger Woods is at or near the top of the leader board, appearing invincible, and fueling renewed anticipation of his resurgent quest to beat the Jack Nicklaus record of 18 major championships. Then on Saturday, Tiger’s swing takes on this artificial feel, and by Sunday he can look …

Life Is Fair

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“Life isn’t fair.” We hear that a lot, most often as a bromide offered to reassure someone who has experienced some calamity or seemingly unjust return on their best efforts. It’s not true. Life is fair. That might seem like pretzeled logic, but our notions of fair reveal a lot about our beliefs that somehow we can stand in the right queue …

The Stuff of Legend

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I finally sat down this last weekend with the box of old CDs that had been muttering at me for years now for attention.  I figured I better rummage through them before my one remaining CD player went the way of my record turntable, cassette machine and digital tape player. (There is something here about the extinction of physicality in …

Leading is not “automatic”

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I took some time away this week to join a friend on a photo shooting expedition through a decayed inner city neighborhood. I did not expect to see much there (I was wrong) and was probably more concerned that some vandal would key the door panels of my new car parked on the street (I was right). I have a …