On Sterility

The guy next to me on the flight from San Francisco to Boston meticulously uses sterile wipes on his seat, seat back, shared arm rest, seat back in front of him, TV screen, and tray table. Then he proceeds to spill his Bloody Mary all over himself. How many of you have meticulous computer backups, notes, navigation help, and technical aids—and then don’t have the correct language to use with the buyer? The buyer doesn’t appreciate all the neatness, only …





In Memorial

May God bless all those people in the military who have put their lives in harm’s way, on the land, on the sea, or in the air, to protect their country. And may those who gave Lincoln’s “last full measure of devotion” be enshrined in our hearts forever. Photo: Normandy


Who’s Judging You?

Many of us demean ourselves by using others’ metrics. This is when your parents said, “You did very well academically, but not as well as your sister.” If you want to make your life better immediately, use your own measures of progress and success, not somebody else’s. You don’t have to sing as well as Sinatra to sing well. And the danger of judging yourself by others is that those others sometimes turn out to be Lance Armstrong, Bill Cosby, …