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Amtrak torture

on November 10, 2018 in Nature

Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad I took Amtrak to California instead of flying. But I’m concluding that one of the worst tortures humans could inflict on each other might be to force a Japanese train engineer or conductor to work for Amtrak. I can only imagine his or her suffering. Late Today, Amtrak canceled two trains without warning. On the way west from New York, we arrived in Chicago[…] Keep reading →

The most beautiful, life-giving places on Earth, we paved over

on November 9, 2018 in Nature, Visualization

Humans seem drawn to the most beautiful places. Our ancestors probably settled where life was easiest—that is, providing the most for life. Then we make them easier for us to live there—a hut here, a path there, a well, a dock, a road, etc. In other words, we’ve likely paved the most beautiful places on Earth. Here’s Manhattan before and after. Here are two pictures of Thailand jungles, then two[…] Keep reading →

I feel violated by what I just ate

on November 8, 2018 in Fitness

I’m traveling and ate at a restaurant. Nothing special, a vegetarian Thai place in Ventura, California. The food tasted sweet and felt slightly sticky. After I finished, I asked the waitress if they added sugar. The answer was yes, but she didn’t have the courage to answer directly. She said something like, “they might have added something.” I didn’t want sugar added. I realize I live in a world where[…] Keep reading →

What institutions have men created that women don’t encroach, break apart, or both?

on November 7, 2018 in Blog

When I was in junior high school, Philadelphia’s Central High School for boys went co-ed. Its former sister school, Girls’ High, across the street remains all female. I was in the first class that included girls all four years. Around the same time, Columbia College went co-ed. Barnard College across the street remains all female. The cub scouts and boy scouts of America became co-ed this year. Girl scouts remains[…] Keep reading →

100: Michael O’Heaney: Story of Stuff

on November 6, 2018 in Podcast

Michael is the Executive Director of an organization that inspired me as much as any—The Story of Stuff. They continue to inspire me to think bigger and to focus on the details it would be easier to ignore but that matter. If you want to avoid plastic, waste, and other stuff, you’ll find Michael’s perspective and experience helpful. Having cut my waste a lot, talking to Michael leads me to[…] Keep reading →

Leaders: Seek This Outcome From Your Followers

on November 5, 2018 in, Leadership

Leaders: Seek This Outcome From Your Followers This simple feedback from your followers can tell you how you’re leading. By Joshua SpodekAuthor, ‘Leadership Step by Step’ @spodek One of the great joys and tragedies of leadership is that you’ll never exactly how well you led. An engineer can take a test. A baseball player can look at his stats. But leaders have no objective measure. Is that frustrating? It gets more[…] Keep reading →

The Ethicist: What Do I Owe My Severely Disabled Parents?

on November 4, 2018 in Ethicist

My series answering the New York Times’ Ethicist column with an active, leadership approach instead of an analytical, philosophical perspective continues with “What Do I Owe My Severely Disabled Parents?”. A little over two years ago, my family was involved in a catastrophic car accident overseas. My younger sibling was killed, and my parents survived but are severely disabled. My father is quadriplegic, while my mother has a traumatic brain[…] Keep reading →

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