It’s About Tone
Posted on May 26, 2015

One of the problems we have all discovered in the endless email vs. phone conversation discussion is the matter of tone. It is very hard to put nuances in those black and white emails, despite emoticons, underlining, capitals etc. And that leads to misinterpretation.

How Things Change
Posted on May 19, 2015

I have had two book experiences in the past week that gave me pause for thought.

I had been reading “The Road to Character” by David Brooks with its very astute observations about the growth and development of young people today. I was musing on his pointing out that so many people have a need to celebrate with the world their every accomplishment by such means as bumper stickers, tee shirts, selfies etc. We have all seen them, haven’t we? Even the celebrities are not immune to a photo with a bigger star. How did we get this way?

Too Many Wheels
Posted on May 12, 2015

Wasn’t it Norman Cousins who, years ago, on being given a grim diagnosis of illness by his physician, went to a hotel room and holed himself up with a slew of funny movies? And he laughed himself back to health.

We’re Losing Them
Posted on May 5, 2015

I used to see him more often, but it has been months now since he has made his way outside into the sunshine. Perhaps it was the long winter; perhaps it is his age – he is 102, I’m told. He is my neighbor in the apartment complex in which I live in Kingston. He is also a veteran of D-Day.