Monthly Archives: January 2016

Formidable forces

In her superb essay What Money Can Buy, from the June 4, 2016 edition of The New Yorker, Larissa MacFarquhar opens by splaying the forces that rise up from all directions to impede change:
“The urge to change the world is normally thwarted by a near-insurmountable barricade of obstacles: failure of imagination, failure of courage, bad […]

By |January 25th, 2016|Leadership|0 Comments

A place to rest

A ten-year anniversary is fast approaching. It marks a life-changing decision by my BFF. She’d always longed to live in a temple. So she moved from the west coast to the east coast and took up permanent residence in a spiritual retreat center. Her new temple mates didn’t immediately warm to her. It made for […]

By |January 22nd, 2016|Creativity|0 Comments


When I was in 7th grade, Caroline Matthews chose the name Serendipity for our yearbook of memories. I’d never heard the word before. I had to ask what it meant. The development of events by chance in a beneficial way. I was mesmerized: (a) at the idea, and (b) that a word existed for it. […]

By |January 13th, 2016|Creativity, Innovation, Leadership|2 Comments