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I have, upon occasion, had a little bit of fun with the idea that I can write a letter to my younger self, and give said younger self advice about how to proceed in the world. Of course, such a thing is absurd, and so it is nothing more than a … more
There's a line in "Brilliant Disguise," a song by Bruce Springsteen, that goes: "God have mercy on the man who doubts what he's sure of." This poignant verse has always rung true for me, and in the … more
Two days ago, we all celebrated, in typically gaudy secular fashion, the Feast of St. Valentine. Well, I suppose, most of us, or, many of us celebrated - I'm sure there are some out there who did not … more
One of the trickiest things about being a musician is getting your music out there where people can actually hear it. And while there’s a slew of online platforms to host music for free, that doesn’t mean people will hear it. That’s … more
Last Thursday, I was headed into work early, a little before 7 a.m., to finish a presentation for an important meeting that morning. It was 17 degrees on my car’s thermometer. My drive follows the bike path that parallels a river. Traffic was … more
Social isolation may be one of the most overlooked health risk factors that accompanies aging. One in five adults over age 50 is affected by isolation, a problem associated with higher rates of chronic disease, depression dementia and death, … more
Imagine the scene: a man, at the pinnacle of achievement, about to receive the greatest honor a man can receive, walking out of his hotel room, wearing a borrowed coat, and borrowed hat, shuffling … more
In December, the Dalai Lama spoke during the Emory-Tibet Symposium of Scholars and Scientists at the Drepung Monastic University in India. According to Atlanta-based Emory University, "the ultimate … more
For my recent birthday, a friend who knows me well presented me with a coffee mug that says: “I write ... what’s your superpower?” Those of you out there who know me, at least … more
Dear Mr. President, Tomorrow, you will place your left hand on a Bible, raise your right hand, and repeat the oath of office after Justice Roberts. This is going to be a seminal moment for you, and for our country — for some, a near-apocalypse; … more
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