It’s Probably Me, But….

Can someone tell me why the actor Heath Ledger’s death is as important, let alone more important, than the death of a single soldier doing duty in Iraq? Why does a millionaire movie star with everything going for him, including the luck of the draw, who takes his own life (advertently or inadvertently), merit more attention and sympathy than a lance corporal who left behind a wife and small child after he was killed by a remote bomb in a …


Risk It

What organizations are known for risk taking yet are afraid to take their own risks? What do you think of taking risks? Are you bold and willing to take on a few? You may want to get risky, and listen to Alan discuss this. Click on arrow below for podcast to start Click Here for entire podcast series table of contents © Alan Weiss 2008. All rights reserved.


From “Sir” to Sister

Some of you may recall my telling a story about a woman I met in a class, Nancy Gucwa. She said her life was too uninteresting for public speaking. I proceeded to find out that she was in the first class of women accepted to West Point in 1976, became a cadet leader, and went on into the army as an officer–in the 82nd Airborne! She retires from the reserves after 20 years of service and over 30 jumps this …


West Palm Journal: January 25

Heading home (two USAir flights, smack on time, thank goodness), here are some “snippets” of Palm Beach: – In the elevator my wife encounters two men with some kind of automotive bags, and asks what they do. She’s told they insure high-end, exotic cars. “Would you insure my Bentley?” I immediately ask. “Only if it’s not your regular daily car,” they politely tell me, “it has to be an antique.” – We find a beautiful, striking woman leaning on a …


West Palm Journal: January 24

Best day yet. Fascinating to watch the pelicans skim inches above the waves, effortlessly adjusting altitude perfectly for a wave or rock. These are superb motor skills at work. I estimate that the birds are zipping by, with a following wind, at about 25 miles per hour. Touching a wing, foot, or tail feather in the water could create a catastrophic aerodynamic breakdown. But on they soar, rarely flapping a wing, ideal thermals, I guess, inches from the brine. I’m …


West Palm Journal: January 23

A great day until about 3. The water is warm, breakers are fun. When the tide ebbs in early afternoon you have to walk about thirty yards into the water before you reach at least five feet in depth, and that’s not as much fun. Scattered showers drive us in, so I catch up on email and some writing before dinner. Dinner was at Café Boulud in the Brazilian Court Hotel. This is the chef who created Daniel, DB, and …



West Palm Journal: January 22

Dinner tonight with friends who live in an affluent, gated, retirement community, then dinner in the club house. Definitely not for me. The engineer from Crewe, England, fixed my Bentley while I was away. It had refused to recognize any of our keys once brought in for service. They gave me a Bentley loaner, but it’s nice to see that kind of responsiveness. These cars are so complex that things go wrong with things that are supposed to prevent things …


Miss America News

Ashley Bickford, Miss Rhode Island, whom I’ve been helping prepare for her Miss America interviewing competition over the past few months, won the preliminary swimsuit competition last night, and is one of the 9 finalists for the Quality of Life Award. Scroll down on the blog and you’ll find where you can still cast your vote for her.