Today is my birthday. Birthdays can be a good time to take stock and be reflective. I’ve been thinking a lot lately, as I often do, about solutions to wicked problems like climate change. How do we get from where we are to where we need to be, collectively? I once read a book by Jane
Aren’t New Years great? If you screw one up, you get another one just 12 months later to give it another go; hopefully not making the same mistakes…hopefully.
Sometimes, New Year’s resolutions involve things we want to tick off our bucket lists – like that trip to… Continue reading
I LOVE the smell of citrus blossoms, especially in my house, in the winter. And I love tropical fruit. When I lived in South Florida I had three kinds of Brazilian cherries growing in my yard- the Grumichama (my favorite), the Cherry of the Rio Grande, and a Jabuticaba. I also had a Barbados Cherry. Did I mention, I love cherries?
I thought about Art Buchwald today, as I looked at this quote tacked to my office wall.
“And Man created the plastic bag and the tin and aluminum can and the cellophane wrapper and the paper plate, and this was good because Man could then take his automobile and buy all his food
When I left Florida five years ago, hurricanes weren’t high on my list of reasons why. It was more the rat race; the traffic, the cost of living, the apathy, and oh yeah, no more hurricanes.
Living in South Florida for over twenty years, I’d seen a lot of hurricanes. Most notably was Hurricane Andrew, a cat… Continue reading
There are a lot of words being used to describe Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath; unprecedented, historic, catastrophic, one-in-500, one-in-1000, costliest natural disaster in US history. You get the idea; Harvey’s devastation was massive and on a scale that is hard to wrap our brains around.
I even heard one stat that said we’ve had 10 1/1000… Continue reading
I spoke with my friend Robin this week. Robin lives in Miami Shores, a mostly upper-middle class neighborhood located in Miami Dade county. It’s near the causeway that takes you to the beach. Robin was born on Miami Beach; she’s a native.
On our call, Robin recounted a conversation she recently had with a friend who lives on… Continue reading
My Grandfather Was a Coal Miner
My grandfather, “Sam”, immigrated to America from southern Italy in the early 1900s. He served in the US Army during the first world war. My mom remembers him putting on his best suit and walking for miles to cast his vote on election day. He loved his adopted homeland.
Back in his mountain origin of Bocchigliero, he was a… Continue reading
A Fool With A Plan
It was late 2008 and everyone in the room laughed as billionaire T. Boone Pickens retold this story from his college years. His father, concerned with Boone’s lack of direction in choosing a major told him;
“Listen son, a fool with a plan can beat a genius with no plan. And your mother and I have a concern that