Category Archives: Stories
You often have to choose between options without enough information. How do you choose? You can never know everything you want for all life choices, yet you can’t avoid acting. Today I’m posting my answer by audio. I start with a story of a student with just such a challenge and show what we can learn from situations like them. I consider these lessons among the greatest one can learn.
When I last ate meat in 1990, maybe 1989, I tried to persuade others to stop too. I just ended up in arguments. Since then, I’ve come to appreciate more views on the practice. I don’t see it as right, wrong, good, or bad. In fact, I get annoyed by people who try to impose their values on eating meat on others even if I share those values. (I see[…] Keep reading →
Having started my Leadership and the Environment podcast, I’d meant to record audio posts for my blog. Today is my first foray. Just after the solstice, I find myself at Equinox, the gym, comparing the luxury experience to bare bones.
Enron Environmentalism Enron looked profitable when it compartmentalized and hid its losses. Do you compartmentalize and hide your pollution? I just had lunch with a man who described himself as fanatical about the environment–in particular, about water bottles. He illustrated by describing how fastidiously he handled them. As he started his story, I expected him to describe how he never used water bottles. Americans have such clean and drinkable water that water made unclean makes front page[…] Keep reading →
My LinkedIn post today, “Would you give a friend heroin?,” began Would you give a friend heroin? A few months ago the host of a podcast I was on sent me a package of brownies to thank me for appearing on his show. The brownies were prepackaged and looked like this: A younger me would have eaten them right away. My longtime readers know several reasons I wouldn’t eat them. First, they[…] Keep reading →
Let me start by stating clearly that I don’t like Roy Moore—his politics, his history, his behavior, the people he associates with, or anything I’ve learned about him. I probably want him out as much as anyone. I hope he and his supporters lose, but not through vigilante tactics. 1989: Donald Trump, tough on crime If you haven’t watched the Ken Burns documentary, The Central Park Five, I recommend it.[…] Keep reading →
I first fell in love in high school, 1987 or 1988—more than two-thirds of my life ago. It was on my mind a couple weeks ago, after I attended a panel discussion my friend invited me to. It turned out that I happened to know all the panelists, though not the host. Since I arrived late and sat in the back of the room, they didn’t know I was there,[…] Keep reading →