Give a child a book, a look at a larger world

I remember so vividly the day I went to the post office to buy stamps and the man in blue handed me a book of self-adhesive stamps! Of course! Why had it taken so long to move from licking stamps to peeling stamps? It all made sense to me, yet had never occurred to...

A real reunion.

I was at my 30th high school reunion on Saturday night. I’m still processing the lifetime of living I saw on people’s faces, the disappointment and pain and joy in those lines around everyone’s eyes. While pondering that reunion experience this...

Perspective

I vividly remember my mother telling me that she was going to her 25th high school reunion. Time slowed to a grinding, smoking halt as I turned and looked at her, blinking, blinking, blinking, all the while thinking loudly inside my head, "My lord, woman, how old...

Be thankful for brick walls.

Oh, man. Many colleges and universities are sponsoring what they are calling "Last Lectures," inviting speakers to deliver what they would if they knew it was their last lecture. For one professor, the "last" part of "last lecture" is...

Be a coach. Step in.

I really loved seeing this tonight on Johnnie Moore’s blog. As Johnnie mentioned all the way from London, it’s so nice to see someone helping on YouTube, not someone laughing at or ridiculing another’s misfortune. Simple acts of kindness. I so...