Work This Out

Does running in the morning improve physical fitness but reduce mental acuity? Immediately after a blizzard, with roads partially cleared but no sidewalks cleared, I find an occasional runner, outfitted in ski gear, and plodding along at a slow trot in heavy shoes. One slip and they’re under the wheels of a passing car. This isn’t fitness, it’s obsession, an addiction to adhering to a discipline despite the adverse consequences on a particular day. 2. In the club level lounge …



The Sun Will Come Up Tomorrow (Though Some Will Critique It)

I was listening to the cast recoding of Annie in my car, and they sang “It’s A Hard Luck Life” later followed by the eternally optimistic “Tomorrow.” I long to be with those orphans if my choice were between them and the whining, sniveling crowd who want to bring down the Republic every time a personal interest or preference isn’t met and they don’t believe the rest of us—carrying on with our lives—pay them enough attention. Get over yourselves!


Resolving Isn’t Acting

Let me warn you now, don’t make a resolutions list for the New Year, the failure to meet them causing a depressing February (an already-depressing month). Instead, make a calendar entry for what you intend to do on what dates. Then do it at that time on that date. “Write a book” is an empty resolution. “Write the first half of chapter one on January 10 at 9 am” is a worthwhile, realistic accountability.


Is There A Good Consultant In The House?

We’ll be in Kyoto for the election, I’m happy to report. Odd fact: Much of the Republican leadership doesn’t support their candidate; there are charges of harassment against him; he hasn’t released his tax returns; he keeps shooting himself in the foot every time he speaks; he did not debate well; the media, in any election, lean heavily democratic in their coverage; the sitting President carried about 90% of the African-American vote and he’s actively campaigning; the Democrats have raised …


First Things First

First thing in the morning I take the dogs into the yard before heading for the garage and a coffee and biscuit run. But they don’t relieve themselves right away, despite being inside for the prior seven hours or so. Bentley runs up and down the yard six times, maybe 300 yards in total, working off his energy, head high, looking all over. Then he sniffs along the tree line and finally attends to nature. Buddy Beagle puts his nose …


Small Minds

In the latest Balancing Act Newsletter I talked about the current trend in colleges to avoid “micro-aggressions” which are defined by the administration as acts such as saying “you guys” or asking an Asian student you don’t know for help with a math assignment. I mentioned how crazy this can become with this example: “At what point do silly grievances, trivial in their nature, become escalated to ‘micro-aggression’ or perhaps worse, to bias claims? After a presentation, I was approached …


Pick Up the Check

I’ve had people in my workshops order internet in the conference room so they had access and attempt to put it on my bill! I’ve had people who ordered special food—lattes, or eggs—to augment what I was offering, and charge it to me. I had one guy, who thankfully left my community for good when he was ostracized, try to order Louis XIII when I offered after-dinner drinks on one occasion (it goes for $250 a glass). I’ve seen people …


Before and After the Fall (Prelapsarian Fun)

I used the word “prelapsarian” (before the fall of man; Edenic times) this week in my Monday Morning Memo. Sure enough, some clown who received the FREE newsletter writes me and tells me that using the word was pretentious. So let’s review: • I used the word as a metaphor for how long something had been going on: “The prelapsarian goal, from then to now, of any buisness is to have customers.” I find it an apt metaphor is one …


These Are A Few of My Favorite Things

• A woman takes issue with one of my weekly Monday Morning Memos—a FREE newsletter—and tells me that if I don’t write more consistently with her point of view, she’ll cancel her subscription. (She had been reading it for over a year.) • A man writes a venomous email because I wrote a column in a FREE newsletter about the special nature of my mornings in Nantucket. He wrote that if I can’t provide him with ideas to improve his …