Lost Unity: No More Generation-Defining Music

I’m 48. Music from my youth that every American of my generation remembers fondly includes: PrinceMichael JacksonJanet JacksonWhitney HoustonHuey LewisMadonna Was this the last time everyone had a common musical lexicon? The decline of radio, rise of iTunes, and mushrooming mp3 players meant increasing musical personalization. By the time I finished college in the mid-90s,… Continue reading Lost Unity: No More Generation-Defining Music

Two Views on the First Impeachment Hearing

Everything You Need to Know About Impeachment, episode 450 A Public Hearing, and a Feud Over Ukraine You're reasonable, right? You make good decisions based on available information. But what if, what if, you only see a piece of the information puzzle? Would you make a better decision, a more accurate decision, if you had… Continue reading Two Views on the First Impeachment Hearing

Old is a Mindset, Not a Number

What is Old? Is it 50? 60? Surely 70 or 80 is old. Or is it? My running friends Mike, Keith, and Tom, are all in their mid-70s. All regularly run distances longer than ten miles; two also run trails. They are faster, with more mileage than most runners of any age. Most of my… Continue reading Old is a Mindset, Not a Number

The Bleeding Few and the Oblivious Many

On this Veterans Day, I recommend Breach of Trust by Andrew Bacevich. The author posits that our reliance on 0.7% of the American population to carry out all our military efforts undermines our decision-making, our leadership, and our principles since nobody else has “skin in the game.” The Vietnam War was fought by American actors,… Continue reading The Bleeding Few and the Oblivious Many

A Most Human Urge

[essay edited on same day] The pooch and I went on an easy trail run last week. Most of the time we stick to paved telephone access roads in this area, but occasionally we'll venture onto dirt biker and off-roading motorcyclist-hewn paths that wind around the gulch, shooting up to the lip before plunging back… Continue reading A Most Human Urge

Leadership: Sun, Shark, or Magnet

[This was my fourth speech in Toastmasters, Understanding Your Leadership Style in Pathways, completed in 7:21.] I’d always thought of leadership as someone who swoops in to inspire everyone with a rah-rah speech, works the room, and then gets out of everyone’s way so they can do the job. The leader is the face of… Continue reading Leadership: Sun, Shark, or Magnet

On the Front Line: a Border Patrol Officer Speaks

Order of Man Podcast: Protect / Provide / Preside There are good people, who are making valid claims, that will go through the process the way it should be, but there's also those who are exploiting that particular loophole.Jason Owens Ryan Michler talks with Jason Owens, Chief Patrol Agent of the U.S. Customs and Border… Continue reading On the Front Line: a Border Patrol Officer Speaks