WaPo Regains its Mojo.

Love seeing these stories, and not just because it’s the New York Times praising The Washington Post. Here’s why: When I first went to work at the Washington Post in Spring 2014, it wasn’t due to the state of the company at the time. Despite extraordinary hard work and creativity the company situation, while not […]

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6-12-8-6

Yesterday afternoon, on a nice summer day, suddenly the sky fell all at once in sheets of torrential rain right about quitting time at work. I race across the street to buy an umbrella from the guy with the junky souvenir shop. , I’m drenched when I get there. I grab a touristy ‘I ❤️ […]

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Hopefully, Insurance Covers Treatment.

Dear Social Media, Rage is a gateway drug. Be on the lookout. It often begins with the prescription drugs Passion and Activism. Misused, those can lead to the highly-addictive Outrage. Often the Outrage addict becomes hooked on the street drug Blind Outrage. At some point, nearly everyone dabbles in Rage. Rage is often peddled to […]

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Checkpoint USA. Feb. 17, 2017

Somehow this has become a seditious statement lately, but: I feel pretty good about the U.S. Before 45.9% of you get excited and 48% get angry, let me explain. Yes, it’s embarrassing to travel outside the U.S. and try to explain what’s going on. Yes, the idealistic view we have of what a “leader” looks […]

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Go ahead. Mock me. But I’m Right.

Massive generalizations to follow … Millennials: A love story … or 1984, the year hope was born: – I believe we’re watching the last gasp of the boomers’ power structure, grudges and resentments – My generation (X) is the one fighting boomers’ old battles, but without the collegiality & civility the boomers showed – My […]

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It’s Not that Difficult

Ask why people are upset. Listen to their answers. If their answers don’t make sense, try to help them clarify. Imagine the world from their point of view. Then try to understand how that person sees you. Ask again if you still don’t understand. Repeat until you do. Then. If you disagree, find the smallest […]

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Dealing with China – Unsolicited Advice

Long ago, after three months of struggling through working with Chinese government officials, I wrote a few notes and bits of advice I learned. Things to remember about dealing with China’s leaders: 1. They don’t wake up thinking about the US. They wake up with one thought: “How do we keep control of all this […]

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It’s Wednesday. What now.

The U.S. system is resilient. Now it will be tested, not because of who will be president, but because of the way we have treated each other these 18 months. I’m embarrassed for us, but believe the republic will stand. I had my list of concerns should either candidate win. The list I now hold […]

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Southerners. A love story.

Greenville, South Carolina I often think about this place. As an adult, I’m a traveler, a New Yorker, an Arizonan, and amateur Bostonian. But I grew up here. There’s a lot of misunderstanding about people in various corners of the country these days, but about the south. Lately, on the news we’ve seen the worst […]

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Forgiveness does not Erase Consequences

I hate to generalize, but in this case, I will. This is not a knock on people of faith. I was raised one and continue to be one. Call it tough love. Every now and then, a politician finds an advisor who knows the secret code words for activating people of faith. These secret code […]

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