The Best Advice So Far - traffic

traffic

You’re a contestant on an episode of Family Feud. You’re starting the round, facing off against your opponent, your palm hovering tensely above the buzzer. The host presents the next challenge: “One hundred people surveyed, top five answers on the board … Name something that causes people to feel…


The Best Advice So Far - fear

fear

Today, if I’m being honest, I'm not exactly sure where I'm headed with things. I’m starting with a broad topic: fear. But beyond that, it’s all vague notions at this point, shifting shadows on the walls. Or maybe it is clear notions — just too many of them. All I can do is invite you to buckle…


The Best Advice So Far - eating my words

eating my words

I was in a hurry. I had company coming any minute and realized that I was out of a few things. So I dashed out to the closest grocery store, had the car door open before I’d even turned off the ignition, and made a beeline for the entrance. However, once I’d traversed the crosswalk and arrived at…


The Best Advice So Far - brand you

brand you

This past Wednesday, I was invited to be a guest lecturer at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston, where I taught a group of opticians-in-the-making about branding and marketing. I love teaching. And by all indications, I'm good at it. But as a rule, I’m more interested in people…


The Best Advice So Far - fake: part one

fake: part one

Due to a lack of sound sleep over the past couple of days, my brain is in a strange, swishy sort of place. Rather than fight it, I figure I’ll just ride the wave of weirdness and see where we land. By and large, the word “fake” has a negative connotation: Lucio’s new girlfriend is so fake. The…


puzzles

Many of you know that I just returned from the longest vacation of my life — a full five weeks on Florida’s West Coast. Prior to the trip, I began concocting plans for all I wanted to do, see and accomplish while away: Get the audiobook up and available online. Visit Captiva and Sanibel Islands.…


The Best Advice So Far - happy sad

happy sad

I’m writing mid-flight, on my way back from the longest vacation of my life — five weeks in Southwest Florida. After so long away, it feels more like a move than merely returning from someplace I’d been visiting. Late last night, I drove to the beach for one last walk. The main street downtown was…


The Best Advice So Far - i spy

i spy

My tank top clung to my skin with sweat. After temperatures that had topped 100° over the last several hours I’d been exploring, the air conditioning that wooshed out to greet me as I opened the metal and glass doors felt like an ice bath. I settled briefly onto a blue sofa, across from a young…


The Best Advice So Far - un-dumb frog

un-dumb frog

With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone. ~ Oscar Wilde As I start this post, there are just a few more hours left until my birthday. Birthdays for me are still a time of celebration. They are also a time of reflection: Where have I been? What have I done? Where am I going? This time…


The Best Advice So Far - adventure

adventure

In May of this year, the dare-based television show Fear Factor was revived by MTV. I don’t think I ever watched a full episode of the show during its original run from 2001 to 2006, though catching snippets at a friend’s house or while at the gym was virtually unavoidable. I recall an episode…