While I was staying in a village home stay in rural Bali, my hosts owned about a dozen chickens and a pig. I walked through their modest family compound several times a day, and each time I stopped to talk to the pig. He (or she—I didn’t check) always seemed happy to see me, wagging […]
Last Father’s Day, Elephant Journal published this blog post I wrote about my dad. It’s a good read for this year as well. Check it out here. Still working on my handstand. Still missing Dad.
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 […]
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 […]
On a recent job interview with a Wake Forest alumna, the interviewer looked at her resume and asked, “What is it they do to you at Wake Forest? There’s something special that happens there.” I’ve spent the last seven months researching what I’ve come to call the “Wake Forest Mystique”— trying to nail down just […]
I posted this piece last year as we neared Mother’s Day. I was still living in the jungles of Costa Rica, where the rainy season had arrived. One year later, I’m back in Charlotte with my cats and the sun is shining. Lots has changed, but this sentiment is still the same. To read the […]
I’ve been writing for some time about living in the “alternate universe–” meaning, life on the surface at work doesn’t match up with the values you carry deep down. It may be something innocuous, such as having to adjust to the reality of cultivating “alliances” rather than meaningful relationships. Or it could be one bad […]
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 […]
I never imagined wanting to come to John Travolta’s defense. But amidst all the post-Oscar Travolfrenzy about his on-stage butchering of Idina Menzel’s name, I’d like to weigh in. Sure, I typed my name into the generator to “travoltify” it (it’s Murray Taylor) and I chuckled at the snide comments on Facebook. But inside, I cringed a little, thinking back to a […]
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. […]
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. […]
My friend Julie posted her goal of someday working on the Olympics on Facebook the other day. It’s a great goal—and one I am sure she’ll accomplish. A young superstar, Julie started as an intern when I still owned Tribble Creative Group, and I later hired her to work with me at the Democratic National Convention. She […]
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