Bonus Round

This summer, our seventeen-year-old poodle Ben, Ana’s companion and personal Secret Service agent (of whom I have written here and here), took a turn for the worse. It had been coming for months. Back at the turn of the year, we’d had a growth removed from his toe,...

A Gold Medal Experience

Have you ever had someone tell you, “You can’t do that”? How did that make you feel? And what did you do with that? Have you ever had someone who told you, “You can do anything”? How did that make you feel, and what did you do with it? While we were working on our...

You Have What You Need

The other day I was being interviewed for the “The Entrepreneur Way” podcast, talking about my forthcoming book The Recipe. Among the many excellent questions my host, Neil Ball, asked me was this one: “What is your favorite quote?” Hmm. What was my favorite quote?...

The Other Fourth

July Fourth has always been special. When I was a boy, it meant hot dogs and fireflies, fireworks and fun. As I grew into adulthood it came to have a deeper meaning. Today I find that meaning deepening still further, because to me, there are two July Fourths. The 1776...

By the Duck Pond

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” Those remarkable opening lines: so iconic that they transcend the books to which they belong and become cultural touchstones in their own right. As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found...