New York Is Still Safer than Stockholm
Did you read that Sweden is now considered Europe's most violent country, with dramatically rising murder rates? (NYT, Sunday) Maybe we should all stop seeking some land with a magic potion and focus on improving things where we are. After all,
First Dawn Philosophy
Welcome to 2022. You can awaken and move on this morning feeling that there are days of huge opportunity in front of you to demonstrate your value, help others, and create a thriving business and life for yourself. Or, you can
John Madden passed away yesterday, the greatest sports broadcaster I've ever heard. He took away the mystery of "X and O" diagrams and created sounds like "doing" when.a football hit the goalpost crossbar. He was that rarity, an absolute original
It’s Just Not Work
A woman who's a good friend of our family joined us in LA for a celebration of our new granddaughter. We were catching up over a huge family dinner, and she said, "You know, Alan, it seems everything you do
The elusive Bornean Rajah scoops owl has been spotted for the first time in 125 years. A century and a quarter. We say "elusive" just because we haven't seen it or noticed it. Hubris. Still more evidence that we're just not
Sorry About Your Home, Where’s My Private Jet?
I have this no doubt unpopular view that the multi-million dollar news anchors who go on site during a tragedy should be contributing substantially, financially, to the relief efforts. After all, it's the loss and misery of the people involved
While this may seem trivial to some, I find a major benefit in being a solo practitioner is that I can stay the hell out of commuter traffic. When I'm infrequently in it, I ask how these people an do
I was working with the American Institute of Architects to help them set strategy. They asked if I'd deliver the keynote speech at their convention, as well. The chair of the board and I had identical corner suites on two
The Fork of Progress
We all come to forks in the road (which Yogi Berra simply advised to "take," which is impossible). One such fork has a side with, "Why this idea won't work." The other side is, "What we can do to make
Do the Polar Bears Even Enjoy It?
I saw two people at a beach house at a resort here swimming in the ocean. It was November 1 in Rhode Island, air temperature around 63. Maybe they were from Norway, I don't know. But was that really "refreshing"? When