What is like to write a book? Seven reflections

Five years ago, I didn’t know anybody who had written a book. Now I’m legend in my own mind and four of my friends are also published authors. Their four books are good. Two of my other friends will soon finish their first books. I celebrated my 59th birthday just...

Is your expert competent? Trusted?

Suppose you have a serious medical condition and your physician is the wisest, most insightful, most experienced doctor in the relevant specialty. If you don’t trust her, or won’t follow her lead, then you’re wasting her time and yours. If you have a top-notch...

Folly and How to Avoid It

Fifty years ago I was driving along, letting my mind wander. I wasn’t paying attention until cars coming the other way started honking their horns and blinking their lights. I was driving the wrong way down a one-way street! You’ve probably done something similar. It...

You control your legacy

I admire Coach John Wooden. I don’t care much about all the coaching wins, championships, and rewards. He emphasizes character. He is keen on concentrating on what is within your control and not becoming distracted when things beyond your control bring...

I am for world peace.

These are troubled and turbulent times. Once, my friend and I could discuss issues where we differed without rancor. Occasionally we found ourselves vigorously disputing across a chasm of difference. We were not willing to risk our friendship. We were determined to...

Have you lost your marbles?

My friend, Mike, isn’t losing his marbles. He’s using them. Mike’s close friends call him “Marbles.” “Marbles,” what a weird nickname! Here’s how he earned it. Once upon a time Mike was curious about how long he might have left on the earth. Actuarial tables report...