Crumbling Foundations 2009

In the early 1990s I won a newspaper award for a series of articles I wrote called “Crumbling Foundations.” At the time, it was an examination of how our economic, moral and educational paradigms were shifting and leading us into new ways of thinking. With such change came uncertainty. But there still seemed to be […]

Making Others Powerful

There is a captivating leadership video that focuses on Ben Zander, the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. One of Zander’s penetrating assertions is that the conductor of an orchestra “depends for his power on his ability to make other people powerful.” He is a conduit, the only one in the orchestra who does not […]

A-Rod, Freaks and Heroes

Naturally, with the A-Rod steroid revelation and confession, there is the familiar mantra of “we don’t have any more heroes” echoing across the media landscape. It sounds rather hackneyed, not just because it is not true but because our tunnel vision through which we look for these ostensible “heroes” has not been enlarged very much […]

Redemption and "The Reader"

The film The Reader was a compelling selection for two people who love literature and are intrigued by World War II-era story lines, so it won out last night over several other worthy releases on a rare trip out to the cinema. Just as expected, the work's powerful themes of guilt, redemption and misplaced loved […]

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