Iceland the Myth

Trigger Warning to those in Ivy League schools: This might mess with your preconceptions of things you’ve never experienced. There are about 330,000 people in Iceland (Rhode Island, by comparison, has a million), and almost three million sheep, about 10 per person, give or take. There is also a plethora of horses. They look really happy, but then I found them on dinner menus. The tourist trade is by far the major industry and the country’s strong economy right now …


The geomorphology of this country is fascinating. The earth seems to erupt without warning all around you. There are geysers and volcanoes, crashing waterfalls, geothermal wonders. Ice covers lava flows. Water percolating through the layers takes 100 years to reach the surface. It reminds me in some ways of Ireland, where there are great features of beauty separated by miles and miles of nothing—scrub and rocks of unfaltering shapes with the occasional sheep and horse (there are about 10 sheep …

Scenes from Iceland

Scenes from Iceland. Not the salmon ladder up the falls, the “bees in a box” which come and go to pollinate indoor tomato plants grown with geothermally heated water, and walking thought the rift between the tectonic plates of Europe and North America.

Trying Not to Lose Is Not the Same As Trying to Win

Here’s what happens when you try not to lose: • You readily make concessions. • You are not bold or provocative. • You become highly conservative. • You accept unfair treatment and conditions. • You become nervous and therefore that much more ineffective. Here’s what happens when you try to win: • You are assertive and take prudent risk. • You state your position and support it. • You will make reasonable but not unfair compromise. • You will stress …

Back to My Roots

Point Pleasant, New Jersey, broad sand beaches, great breakers, nice boardwalk and attractions for the kids. And we stopped for a breakfast sandwich of a hard roll, pork roll, bacon, cheese, and eggs. Neither broad sand beaches nor pork roll is available in Rhode Island. 

The Slow Train

We had to catch an early Sunday train to New York and the only option was the Amtrak local, no Acelas until after noon. We had a “business class” car, which essentially meant a little extra leg room. The train stops everywhere—like a Greyhound Bus, you can wave it down in your driveway or backyard. But it’s clean, has a decent café car, and the staff is quite courteous. We departed from Providence two minutes late. Here are my observations: …

Magic Carpet Workshop

  Alan Weiss conducting his rare Magic Carpet Workshop in the amphitheater where the Greek Carpetus Shagus the Elder first started the discipline in Mykonos. Rugs come from all over the world to attend. The fee is $1,000 per square foot. Here you see him addressing the sold out crowd, and interacting with one participant, while others are in rapt attention. This group was from Persia. On the third day they learn to fly.