Category Archives: Stories

An anti-magical New York moment

on June 12, 2019 in Audio, Stories

I’m posting an audio story about why my post today is short. Basically a crazy person broke my computer laptop keyboard so I’m posting without a keyboard. Rather, I’m typing this on an NYU computer but don’t know my complicated web page password so have to mail the text to myself so I can copy and paste it using only my mouse on my regular computer. It’s hard posting using[…] Keep reading →

A magical New York moment

on June 8, 2019 in Stories

A celebrity friend of mine likes to hold his birthday parties at a piano bar called Don’t Tell Mama in midtown. I quoted the following from an email to him and couldn’t help sharing here. A moment broke out last night that I had to tell you about. I went to a park around the corner from my apartment to work on my laptop around 8 or 9pm. It’s a[…] Keep reading →

An empty boat parable from life

on May 21, 2019 in Awareness, Perception, Stories

You may have read the empty boat parable. I don’t much like it. I get its point, it sounds too contrived and fortune-cookie-like. The people who say it tend to sound new-agey, which is not a community I associate with. Yesterday morning, I experienced the point of the story without the contrivance. First I’ll share the original for those who haven’t read it. A young farmer laboriously paddled his boat[…] Keep reading →

“Nailed it!”

on April 6, 2019 in Education, Nature, Stories

Several TEDxNYU attendees agreed: “Nailed it!” My friend recorded it with her phone. It ran out of memory, but here are the first six minutes, followed by some stills. Word is that I have to wait 6 to 12 weeks for them to edit the video. I’ll link to the full, official one when I get it.

See my TEDx talk live, this Saturday, April 6!

on March 30, 2019 in Education, Events, Leadership, Stories

You know you’ve wanted to see a TED talk live. Now’s your chance. Cancel your old plans for next weekend. [NOTE: I will post the video of my talk here when the organizers finish editing and post it. They estimated 6 to 12 weeks from April 6 — that is, likely late May or June.] See me and six other brilliant, engaging speakers this Saturday, April 6 at TEDxNYU—the intersection[…] Keep reading →

I’m famous for plogging! See me pick up litter while I run on local news.

on March 29, 2019 in Fitness, Habits, Stories

The winter is over and it’s time to get outdoors running. Jessica Formoso covered me plogging on WNYW Fox 5 local news last night. You can hear my experience that made plogging stick: I cleaned where I live—my home. Here’s the video, where you can see me running like an old man. Let me know if you want to join me for some plogging or if you plog on your[…] Keep reading →

Jia Jiang’s world-class social sidcha

on March 21, 2019 in SIDCHAs, Stories

I couldn’t help share Jia Jiang’s sidcha. I’ve favored fitness sidchas like my burpee-based calisthenics, a mindfulness one in cold showers, and the expressive one of writing here. I’ve also described business ones like cold-calling five of sales leads daily or writing a business idea every day. There are aesthetic ones like drawing a picture every day or dancing every day. I also describe social ones like talking to a[…] Keep reading →

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