A keynote I gave to the Golden Key National Honor Society UF Chapter in 2007. I was asked here this evening to offer some advice about success. The thing of it is, planning for the success itself is easy. It’s pleasant to look forward to prosperity, respect, advancement. What’s hard is accepting, and even planning […]
His father said, “Twelve is the best it ever is,” and sucked on his longneck. When he leaned his head back Tommy-Tom could see the veins on his red-speckled throat. “A man is never more fearless than when he was a twelve-year old boy,” his father announced to the ceiling. “It‘s all downhill from there.” […]
29 April 2005, Rue LeCourbe, Paris [Advice to students in my study abroad course in Paris.] As I write this, I am sitting in the Café LeCourbe, at my favorite table by the window. One block west on the Rue LeCourbe is a Monoprix store that once was the apartment of a leader of the French […]
One of my teaching mentors, Dr. Dennis Huston of Rice, taught me Shakespeare and encouraged me to become an actor. Above all, he inspired me to want to teach and to enjoy it as much as he did. He was named Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation, but more than his excellence, it […]
How much better than a man do you have to be before male investors consider you good enough? A new study says we are less of an entrepreneurship economy than we were in the 70s. Our failure to invest in women is the clearest sign of our failure to treasure the best of ourselves.
When I wrote last week’s “Marx, Keynes, Friedman, Rand, and now Francis?” I hadn’t yet learned that Pope Francis had been named Time‘s Person of the Year. I had just seen this picture on Facebook with a quote from his first Evangelii Gaudium. I thought, “What a concise and correct argument. This man has not […]
[originally appeared in The Chicago Tribune] Last weekend, the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago hosted a historic and massive three-day convocation to pray for world peace. Thousands from the Chicago area and around the world gathered for ancient Vedic ceremonies that transcended boundaries of religion, nationality, or gender and allowed devotees a rare and […]