Stop doing insignificant work in the world

Why have we made a silent, unspoken agreement to not do significant work in the world? I am tired of having long, endless, polite conversations about discrimination and hate. I am tired of executives who keep asking me for the "business case" for diversity...

The map of our days

There really is no finer day than a day when The New Yorker arrives with not only a profile of Amy Winehouse, but with a new poem by The Man, to boot. That’s a day worth wearing shoes for, worth sitting up straight for, worth making cantaloupe and honeydew cupcakes...

The Land of Counterpane

When I was sick and lay a-bed, I had two pillows at my head, And all my toys beside me lay, To keep me happy all the day. And sometimes for an hour or so I watched my leaden soldiers go, With different uniforms and drills, Among the bed-clothes, through the hills; And...

Look before you throw

In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences. –Robert Green Ingersoll Years ago now, I sat at a business dinner determined not to talk about business. We were in Sydney, I believe, amidst people who actually work to live and not the...

Retreat to move forward

Sometimes in the madness of our lives what we really need is a quiet space on 63 acres of rolling land in the mountains of North Carolina, a moment to look at our life’s stories, to learn from them, and to re-story ourselves. I’ll hold only one public...