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You Can’t Ride Two Bikes

You Can’t Ride Two Bikes

My favorite image of Charlotte is Tryon Street during the 2012 Democratic National Convention at CarolinaFest, the public celebration that was the capstone to Charlotte’s shining moment. I remember looking up and down the street filled with 50,000 revelers—people of all colors, ages and backgrounds—and thinking, yes, this is my town. Despite our occasional lurchings, Charlotte […]

The Sociopath at the Top

The Sociopath at the Top

Some salacious news hit my hometown a few days ago. Our relatively new and presumably high-performing public school superintendent abruptly resigned. For a skinny minute, he cited the ubiquitous “more time with the family” explanation, which put everyone on high alert. No way that was the whole story. And, it wasn’t. As it turns out, […]

Throw Back Thursday

Throw Back Thursday

When I was in high school, I hung out with a group of guys, all a bit older than me, who liked to make movies and asked me to be in them. Get your mind out of the gutter. Albert, Bill, Lee, David and the guys were not porn producers…they were funny writers and would-be […]

Choose to See Magic

Choose to See Magic

Whenever I’m on a roll (existentially at least), I find pennies. I’m not talking about a sporadic coin here or there. I’m talking about a down pour of pennies for weeks on end. I stumble across at least one a day, sometimes in the most unlikely of circumstances. Once during a long stretch of daily […]

Employee Appreciation Day

Employee Appreciation Day

I used to have employees of the two-legged variety–and many of them remain good friends to this day. Nowadays, however, I tend to hire the four-legged type. Buddy (shown left), my chief of staff, has been with me the longest. Lumpkin, the Court Jester, barged in with little warning (at least that’s Buddy’s recollection) a […]

Creating Space to Think

Creating Space to Think

I’ve been thinking about thinking lately. Mostly, that we don’t cultivate the time to do it anymore. I used to think while I stood in line at the post office. Now I scroll through my newsfeed. Or, I would think on the treadmill; yesterday, I plugged in my ear buds to listen to a podcast. […]

The Easiest Valentine You’ll Ever Send

The Easiest Valentine You’ll Ever Send

It’s upon us—that annual event that sends us in panic to the store, wondering how we’ll survive it all. No, not snowmageddon—I’m talking about Valentine’s Day. For single people, it looms like an impending winter storm. We fret that we don’t have “that special someone” who will send flowers or join us in a chocolate bender. […]