Sedona, Arizona, And Learning To Bust Chops

When my Uncle announced to the family they’d be naming their daughter Sedona after “The most beautiful place we’ve ever seen” in Sedona, Arizona, what do you think his brothers and sisters said to him?  Not, “What a lovely and original name!” Not, “Oh that’s so sweet, show us those pictures you took again!” Not, … Continue reading Sedona, Arizona, And Learning To Bust Chops

What Your Kids Think (Carly Simon’s Dad’s Shoe Store)

When Carly Simon was a kid, she thought her dad had a shoe store.  One day she was in the school library. One of the kids pointed at a book on the shelf and said, “Look, that’s your father.” In her words,  And I realized that he didn’t own a shoe store, he was Simon … Continue reading What Your Kids Think (Carly Simon’s Dad’s Shoe Store)

Berry Gordy – Invest In Your People

Before there was Motown Records, there was Pop and Bertha Berry. This is a story about investing in your people.  The entrepreneurial couple had grocery stores, contracting businesses, and an insurance agency on their list of accomplishments. None of them became Fortune 500 companies, but the companies were theirs. The ethos came from Booker T. … Continue reading Berry Gordy – Invest In Your People

Life Is So Rich / Life Is So S*** (Scott Galloway Edition)

Scott Galloway’s been on a rollercoaster these last few weeks. On one day his newsletter was winning awards, and the next his CNN+ show (along with the whole network) was being cancelled. Like I said - rollercoaster. How he handled it is worth stopping to reflect on.  We talk so much about the things people … Continue reading Life Is So Rich / Life Is So S*** (Scott Galloway Edition)

Button Up Your Overcoat (Thanksgiving Music From Grandma)

Thanksgiving was my Grandmother's holiday. Every year, for about half of my life, we’d congregate around the kitchen table in Williamsport, PA. It’s one of the places I learned the loving craziness of family. It’s one of the places I can directly trace the roots of my sense of humor came from. It’s one of … Continue reading Button Up Your Overcoat (Thanksgiving Music From Grandma)