Wind

I’m in the study of our house in Nantucket, the breakers 30 yards away. It’s 6:30 am on a cloudy, blustery morning. The flag, down near the water and waving from a 40-foot pole, is taking a beating. The hammock on the deck is roiling like a restless sleeper having a frightening nightmare. Even the waves are losing their crests to the unforgiving winds. Meanwhile, a rabbit sits a few feet away on the lawn studying the breakfast options surrounding …


The Dog Star: FedEx Discretion

(The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. – Astrological Definition) I hear the bridge alarm this morning and go out the front door holding onto Bentley. The driver walks up the steps, and I said, “Sorry I can’t send him to fetch it.” Driver: “Looks to me like he’d fetch a body part….”  


El Capitan

Have you been reading about these two guys free climbing the toughest face of El Capitan  in Yosemite Park? “Free climbing” means you use no ropes (except as an emergency in a fall) and climb only using hands and feet in crevices in the rock face. This particular climb is on a rather sheer rock face, with overhangs and some requirements to leap to the next possible indentations in the rock. They often fail in a move, and the safety …


Put Your Head On My Shoulder

Paul Anka sold out the Providence Vets Auditorium last night, about 2,000 people, with a tremendous show: no warm-up act, a great band, and him, singing for two hours without a break. He did two encores and received a 12-minute standing ovation. Of course, my personal trainer said, “Do you mind if I ask who Paul Anka is?” and I said, “Do you mind if I drop a 45-pound weight in your general vicinity?” But if you were into the …




I Gotta Be Me

The extraordinarily talented Sammy Davis, Jr. used to sing this rather treacly anthem and make even it sound wonderful: I Gotta Be Me. Yesterday, I had the privilege of working with ten top consultants in an improv class (assisted with great talent by my son who teaches these skills to other actors) and then applying the skills to office and meeting settings. Next to us in the hotel was one of these conventions of 500 name tags, multiple meetings, and …




Vroom

I picked up my first Vette in 40 years from my Bentley dealer today. (That’s an ’86 Rolls in one of the photos.) I was immediately back into manual shifting without a problem. But the car’s electronics are going to require a night of reading.