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 […]
Tomorrow Americans have a chance to give thanks, to each other, to the country, to the opportunities this miracle of a nation affords us. Gratitude is not just nice. It is a key to sanity, to clear thinking, and to moving from thoughts of scarcity to abundance. Before you can have what you want, you […]
As the S&P (^GSPC:SNP) hits a new all-time high, preceded by the Nasdaq (NQU14:CME), and soon to be followed by the Dow(YMU14:CBT), everyone will be looking for reasons. Many of those will be “lessened worry” type reasons, as in Ukraine isn’t going to erupt into war, Gaza is moving toward a ceasefire, the US and […]