There are many persons ready to do what is right because in their hearts they know it is right. But they hesitate, waiting for the other fellow to make the first move—and he, in turn, waits for you. —Marian Anderson Before making any big change in our lives—particularly before reinventing ourselves, our work, our world—it […]
Many companies hire young people to increase short-term profits. Generally, younger people will have less experience and therefore work for less money, and insurance is usually less costly for a younger employee. These businesses may also believe they are taking the long view, hiring people they won’t lose anytime soon to retirement or health problems, […]
Most of us have several successes under our belts, such as getting that job or promotion, hitting or exceeding a profit or fundraising goal, starting and sustaining our own businesses, and so on. Many of us also know how it feels to reach that big goal and think, Is this all there is? Somehow, the […]
I’ve been silent on much this week, like many others, at first from shock, then in grief, followed by time to process yet another unnecessary horror. Then the voices of Congress broke this silence in an unimaginable way, by voting against universal background checks for gun purchases. These voices didn’t speak for me. These voices […]
I have written before about the backlash against women’s growing power and success and what we can do about it (see “How Being Successful Can Save the Planet” and “Talking Ourselves out of Success”). The rising assaults on women’s rights—and the assaults on women’s bodies—follow and coincide with a long upward trajectory of women’s power […]
Most of us have a visceral reaction to news about violence against women, such as the brutal gang rape on the public bus in New Delhi, the kidnapping and gang rape of a young girl by members of her high school’s football team in Ohio, or the young Pakistani girl being shot in the head […]
What is a midlife crisis? The clichéd images are of a man in his 40s buying a red sports car and pursuing younger women, but a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences calls into question these clichés.
Growing up in Brooklyn, then spending my adolescence along Long Island’s sound, I remember seeing my share of storms—heavy rain and high winds strong enough to smash boats. I felt a healthy respect for the power of Mother Nature, of Gaia, our Earth. And these storms weren’t even close to the size and power of Hurricane Sandy.
Events like Hurricane Sandy tend to bring our lives into sharp relief. Those of us near or in the storm are acutely focused on what matters–food, water, safety, and communication for ourselves and our loved ones. The heroes stand out, as do the generous folks donating, opening their homes, and showing us that no matter what times we live in, we can count on each other when it matters.
Archaeologists in Guatemala have uncovered a large Mayan mural that provides even more evidence for what they have been trying to tell people all along: The Maya never predicted the end of the world at all, much less in 2012. I discussed this in a post earlier this year (“The Mayan Prophecy”), that the doomsday […]