A Priority

“What are your top three priorities for today?” the boss asks. Emails, meetings, and moving that stuck project forward all dance through our head. But we rarely stop to think that having many priorities is somewhat of an oxymoron. How can everything be the most important? The English word came from Old French “priorite”, which […]


In February 1914, a massive British and French fleet appears off the coast of Istanbul (Constantinople). Sitting between Europe and Asia at the entrance to the narrow Strait of Bosporus, it’s one of the most strategically important locations in the world. Whoever controls the strait controls access to the Black Sea – and all of […]

Five Frogs

There are five frogs on a log, the old riddle goes. One of them decides to jump! How many frogs are left on the log? Five. Because deciding to jump is not the same thing as jumping.   Extra Credit.

Three Rings

Katie and I went to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus last weekend and I was reminded of why they call it a three-ring circus. The idea is to have three rings of simultaneous action. The fire-breathers in ring one, the human cannonball in ring three and the lion-tamer stealing the show in […]

Coin Flip

In the aftermath of the Super Bowl, I heard a lot of white noise in Atlanta about the unfairness of NFL overtime rules. A lot of us are more familiar with college football, where each team a chance from the 25-yard line. If we’re still tied after one round, everyone gets another shot until someone comes out […]

Mongolia’s Got Talent

In case you missed a recent episode of Mongolia’s Got Talent (or didn’t know the show existed), I’ve got you covered. On this semifinal show last season, Canion Shijirbat performs to what I’m sure is a hit Mongolian pop song… His art is a phenomenal combination of physical, human dance and computer graphic animation. A […]

The Adams Administration

If you’ve been lucky enough to score tickets to Hamilton (I envy you), or have listened to the soundtrack fifty times (welcome to the club), you’ll recognize the title of this post. How does Hamilton the short-tempered Protean creator of the Coast Guard Founder of the New York Post, Ardently abuse his cabinet post, Destroy […]

Brown Cars

At the turn of the New Year I often reflect on what I’m thankful for and one thing that comes to mind for me is ugly old brown cars. Why, you ask? The story starts in 2nd grade… Apparently when I was in elementary school I used to give my mother a hard time about […]

On The New Year’s (National) Debt

Saving more and spending less is a New Year’s resolution tradition in America. In 2017, it’s the fastest growing commitment according to NBC News. But like our new gym memberships, by February we’re right back where we started. Not that our government is setting a great example for us to follow… America’s national debt has […]

Three Percent

As we finish Christmas shopping and make New Year’s plans, let’s not forget about the three percent. That’s 12 days left in 2016. 3% of the year. Still enough time to try something new. To kick an old habit or form a new one. Don’t waste this three percent. By all means, plan ahead for […]