More questions. More help. Introducing Mastering Table Topics Second Edition.

Category Archives: Insights

An iPhone for Mom

It was time to upgrade the phone on my carrier’s plan. I knew exactly what I wanted: An iPhone 7 with 128 GB of storage in rose gold. The color was the most important feature because it honored someone who didn’t live long enough to get her own iPhone.

“You gotta play hurt”

I came down with a cold. It’s a disease that isn’t really considered a disease (even though complications from it kill about 4,500 people per year in the US). But our response is to gulp down some medicine and go about our business. That’s what I tried to do the other day. At work, I had some …

Read more »

What I learned from earning Eagle Scout

Forty years ago, I earned my Eagle Scout award. It remains one of my greatest personal achievements. I learned many valuable lessons from Boy Scouts. In addition to life skills from first aid to paddling a canoe, I learned how to overcome mediocrity and that you can leave unsupportive situations to reach your goals. The most important …

Read more »

Wars of attrition

Difficult challenges turn into wars of attrition. When we realize that victory won’t be quick and easy, we entrench ourselves and brace for a long struggle. This applies to our current political situation, and it also applies to personal challenges. Health issues, financial crises, family conflicts, office politics, addiction battles — they all become tests of endurance …

Read more »

If you’re thankful for something, fight for it

If there was ever a year we needed Thanksgiving, it’s this one. This Thanksgiving does not call for platitudes about how we should be grateful for what we have. Gratitude demands something more. If we are thankful for something, we have to fight for it.