LIFE

HURRICANE HARVEY BLOG

The smell is different.  It’s certainly not any better, both smells are bad.  But the smell after Hurricane Harvey was just different than after Hurricane Andrew.  It feels silly to try to describe the smell of the aftermath of a hurricane, like a wine critic using terms like “aromatic bouquet” and “silky complexity.” The sopping…

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ON THE ROAD AGAIN

You know the expression, “too much of a good thing?”   Well, I’ve always loved travelling.  Since I was a kid, there was nothing better than taking a trip to the airport and flying off to some new destination (or even old destination).  Some folks like to be homebodies, and I get that, sometimes there’s nothing…

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THE END OF GENIUS ?

speaking in the very room where Beethoven first performed his 5th Symphony led me to a profound thought about “genius.” What exactly does it mean? Who were the geniuses of centuries gone by? And who will be the geniuses of tomorrow? Perhaps most sobering of all- is “genius” dead?

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ENDING GUN VIOLENCE

I just apologized to my daughter. She just went through active shooter training at her school: “Run – Hide – Fight.” I was sorry that she had to go to school in a world where the kids have to worry about getting shot, and that I didn’t do anything about it in the past. But the time to act is now.

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TELL YOUR KIDS YOU LOVE THEM

This is a blog I wasn’t expecting to write.  It is certainly one that I never wanted to write.  But it is one that I feel I must.  And I apologize upfront if it’s a little on the “heavy” side. The Fragility of Life I recently witnessed a fatal car accident.  It, in fact, happened…

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FIRST DAY OF COLLEGE

For 18 years I knew it was coming, and like a dog who hides his head under the couch and thinks nobody can see him, I pretended it never would arrive. And frankly it surprised me how hard it was- how emotional I got…

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