We are away skiing this MLK long weekend. It has been a milestone winter for us. For the first time, all of our children are independent and confident skiers. They can ski any trail with speed and surety. It has been a blast. No more ski schools or dividing the family into a fast group
I yesterday had an amazing phone call with my sister. Though she was sick and had slept little the night before, she made time for a long talk. I’m still processing a conversation I had about apartheid, and she had some helpful perspectives. Her big point to me is that it’s really tough to convince
If on this day after Thanksgiving you’re starting to find yourself a bit relaxed, but somewhat bored, why not do this: interview a relative and record it? I did this with my father a few years back, after my mother died. It was a lot of fun. We covered a lot of ground, from his
I last night went to a fun dinner. Every year, the parents in one of my children’s grades gather together for a big potluck dinner. Everyone brings a dish and a brave couple hosts a huge crowd at their house. I was chatting with one of the fathers. We talked about how blessed our children
I went to a really fun dinner party last night. During the cocktail hour, I was speaking to one of the guys there about baseball. He played a great deal, was recruited for it at Harvard College, and then, was drafted and played in the minors. Unfortunately, he became injured and had to stop playing.
I’ve seen some tense negotiations. Most end up well. Some fail. One thing I’ve learned over time is to let the other side have a “back door” out. In other words, don’t push them so into a corner, which will cause them to walk away. Instead, let the other party get some of what they