Reflections on 2020

2020 had millions of tragedies and surprises. Many of us are glad to see it gone. Many act like the world hasn’t changed. Others seem to think we’ll be back to “normal” by Tuesday at the latest. Thoughtful people reflect on the past and attempt to draw lessons to make...

John Wooden and Legacy

The Sporting News named John Wooden as the best coach of all time. Who am I to argue with that? I never watched any of his teams play basketball. I started reading things by and about coach Wooden because people I respect suggested I would benefit. They were right....

What makes a champion?

John Wooden certainly earned the title of “champion.” His basketball teams at UCLA won 10 national championships. The next most successful coach won five. I never watched any of his teams. After he retired, I encountered several people whose character I admired, and...

Happy life/Meaningful life

“Humans may resemble many other creatures in their striving for happiness, but the quest for meaning is a key part of what makes us human, and uniquely so.” That’s a quote from a 2012 research paper by Roy Baumeister and other researchers. In September 2013. Professor...