Self-Centered, Certain, and Wrong

What I thought would be the most important event of the summer, my sixtieth birthday, turned out to be an afterthought. Starting off the chain of events that got in the way of my big day was the birth of our first grandson. He was named Dominic after his great-grandfather, although there was some discussion […]

A Brief History of Investing

Reading A Brief History of Time was like taking the red pill offered by Morpheus in the 1999 movie The Matrix. Having recently seen Stephen Hawkins’ obituary in The Economist, I was reminded of the impact his book had on my life. The reality of theoretical physics, as explained by Hawkins, is a different paradigm than […]

Ya Think!

My wife and I used to receive compliments for being perfect parents… then our third child came along and no one ever mentioned that again. It wasn’t that she was bad, it was just that she had a different way of learning. Her oldest sister learned by logic. Sister number two learned by observing. And […]

Mind the Gap: Look Right

Upon entering the London Underground for the first time, I had no idea what “Mind the Gap” meant until I saw it written on the station platform as I crossed the gap to the train. Being visual, I got “Look Right” immediately. It appears that many Americans are prone to the pedestrian’s equivalent of a […]

You Can’t Buy a Game

“You can’t buy a game.” Even though I know my brother-in-law is right, it hasn’t stopped me from trying. If you don’t know what I am talking about, you are obviously not a golfer. Golf is a hard game to master. It requires lots of practice. My brother-in-law, a former teaching and touring pro, told […]


Olivia’s Christmas List

I want to do great things, but it is the little things I do each day that are the great things. That paraphrase of an Ann Kiemel quote is my life motto. It both inspires and frustrates me. It frustrates me because I wonder if I will ever do anything noticeably great. At the same […]

Simply Laugh Knowingly and Walk Away

I was being propositioned and proselytized at the same time, and neither one of them was doing a very good job – so I was neither tempted nor persuaded. The setting was a downtown Detroit bus station on Christmas Eve morning of 1972. I was sitting on a bench, minding my own business, when I […]

I May Be Dumb, But I’m Not Stupid

To football fans he is a Super Bowl MVP quarterback, but to my daughter he will always be the ‘little brat’ that she babysat. While Anna has never played football, she has been on the receiving end of a number of our signal caller’s tosses. But it wasn’t footballs he was throwing and it wasn’t […]

Most of What is Done is Negative

“Most of what we do is either neutral or negative. We prescribe the latest and greatest pill or procedure when, more often than not, what the patient needs is a better diet and more exercise.” The comment, from a doctor friend, reminded me of my mother. Let me explain. My mom had some chronic health […]