Category Archives: Humility

Finding Goodness

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn   Where are the Good Men?  Charlie Brown has always been for me an illustration of goodness, a kind of compass that points to true north. Before I got sober, I sometimes felt like Alice in Wonderland when she slipped down the rabbit hole: reality no longer mattered, truth had become fiction, good people were now bad, heroes now villains. When … Continue reading Finding Goodness »

Failure is a Gift

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn   This week’s post was inspired by a recent conversation with Tucker McHugh, a high school classmate who I have known for over 50 years. I was raised on Wheaties, “The Breakfast of Champions.” Winning defined the purpose of my every endeavor: winning at school, winning at sports, winning with friends.  Winning was symbolized by blue ribbons, gold stars, and A-pluses.  Life was … Continue reading Failure is a Gift »

A Path to Serenity

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn     My stumbling block in early life was that I didn’t like living with questions.  Not at all.  In my world answers were the thing.  Whether they were right or not was, to me, not the most important thing.  What counted was that I had an answer to every question. All that changed one night in 1985 while sharing a … Continue reading A Path to Serenity »

A Mutt Named America

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn   The recent public conversation on immigrants and immigration has had a tearing effect on the American psyche.  It seems for many Americans the memory of how we came to be American people has been forgotten.  For most of us, America is not our native land.  We, too, are foreigners, descended of refugees from an earlier time.  Many of our ancestors … Continue reading A Mutt Named America »

Tending to Your Own Business

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Forty years ago I met a “good one”: an old gentleman who ran a shoeshine stand in the Eastern Airlines Shuttle Terminal at LaGuardia Airport.  I was never sure of his name but most people called him Pete. At the time the hourly shuttle between New York, Boston and Washington was among the busiest in the nation. Everyone was guaranteed a … Continue reading Tending to Your Own Business »