Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 9/24/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

A couple of years ago, I tried to organize one of my elite events in Marrakech. A minority of the attendees refused to go, telling me it was “too dangerous.” These are intelligent people whom I respect, but I knew they were wrong. Would I put my wife and myself in danger (and paying clients!!)? I moved the event, which cost me money but more than that irritated me because of the intransigence. The statistics and stories they turned up …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 9/17/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I believe in being informed. Ironically, with immediate access to massive communications today, it’s harder than ever! We can be besieged, overwhelmed, and gobsmacked, but accurate information which we can transform into pragmatic knowledge—not so much. The escutcheon of the media today would beem to be a shield of pomposity on a field of bombast. We’re experiencing enough natural and human-made disasters surely, but the media seem to be eager to hyperventilate on almost anything. Note that we have “storm …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 9/10/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

We’ve just returned (yesterday) from our first safari. I hosted the entire family. I’m creating an exception to my usual short observations in Monday Morning Memo to share my very fresh reactions with you. The silence is stunning. We are motoring through the South African Veldt and when the engine is turned off you hear only silence. It is broken by an occasional bird’s trill, the bird itself an iridescent, curved-beak glider looking to get lucky. The air is fresh …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 9/03/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

We seem to have lost all sense of reason. “Reason,” to me, is about common sense, sanity, and logic. I think it also involves emotions. But “reasonable people” are able to synergize these elements into effective responses. For example, I’m an animal lover, contribute to animal welfare, and abhor animal cruelty. But I think PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) engages in violence that is unreasonable. I think that the image of those three firefighters raising a flag …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 8/27/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

We feed the birds year-round, mainly because I like to watch the feeders from my den window. (My current “squirrel proof” feeders do frustrate all but the most innovative Sciurus carolinensis.) During the summer, the birds spill some of the seeds and others pass right through their systems. The result is giant and numerous sunflowers all around the feeders. The sunflowers attract goldfinches, which help pollinate everything, and they, of course, hang around to eat and distribute more seeds. This …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 8/20/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

The rabbits have returned to Nantucket (many were killed by poison intended to kill ticks). Some mornings they’re outside the house, some mornings they’re not. I never understood their schedule, since what they munched on was always present. Then my daughter pointed out a huge hawk sitting on the roof of the shed. The rabbits made themselves scarce when the hawk was present, interrupting their breakfast so as not to become his breakfast. We often think there are random actions …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 8/13/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Some time ago, a beautiful supermodel was on a morning talk show hawking a cosmetic line. She mentioned “foundation” which I’m thinking is a sort of base covering, and said, “Of course, I, personally, don’t need foundation.” At that point, my wife threw a bag of potato chips at the television and both dogs and I hastily left the room concerned about further fallout. But it reminded me of a famous commercial from the 80s with a world-class beauty purring …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 8/06/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

  I’m repeating this from my Facebook post on August 3, our 50th wedding anniversary. We’re in Nantucket, as we always are this time of year, and we planned nothing special because for 50 years, every day has been special. 50 years ago today, I was thoroughly enjoying the moment of our wedding, not knowing what might be ahead. And today, I still thoroughly enjoy each moment, not knowing what might be ahead. I would not be the man I …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 7/30/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

My computer diagnostic, which I receive monthly for the Corvette, warned me sternly that all four tires needed air. Since you want to add and test air with cold, not hot, tires, I begrudgingly went to the nearest station a half-mile away. I had been going there for 30 years and Mark was the manager/attendant, but he was no longer needed when they turned it into an automated station and minimart. It took me a minute to adjust to the …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 7/23/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I’m hearing a lot about “mindfulness” these days, and I don’t get it. We should be “in the moment” and not oblivious or self-absorbed, I know that. But “mindful”? It’s taken on a bizarre life of its own in book titles, workshops, and newsletters. The verb, of course, can mean to have an objection or to temporarily tend to something. It can even mean to obey. What I see all too often is mindlessness, in the sense of no intelligent …