Whisperers

I understand the need for a certain amount of whispering. It is stock in trade if you’re an international secret agent. You never know who is behind today’s copy of the local newspaper. For those who insist that the print version of the…

The Addiction Vertical

If on the news tomorrow it was announced that scientists had come up with a pill to cure drug and alcohol addiction, the world would be both stunned and ecstatic. The cost of reliance on drugs in human and economic terms is staggering. The possibility…

Grief Counselors

Like most people I shudder whenever I receive news of a plane crash. Knowing that you are going to die shortly and violently and there is nothing you can do is cruel beyond bearing. It is a possibility we all dread. Likewise and like others,…

The Sports Psychologist

Stay in the moment, visualize, don’t dwell on past failure or letting your team down if you screw up again, remember what you did when you were doing well, accentuate the positive, cast out the negative, believe in yourself, breathe deeply.…

Life Coaches

Not long ago, there appeared an ad in a popular online classified site from a person in need of a considerable amount of typing and bookkeeping. The person who had placed the ad described herself as a “life coach” and was looking to barter.…

Big Women

It’s been said to the point of cliché that the world would be better off were it directed by women. There is little evidence to support such a thought. Our dot on the universe contains as many graceless and selfish women as it does ignorant…

The Office Prick

Have you ever worked with or worse for, the office prick? This is the guy who never does any real work himself, but like a buzzard, hovers around until it’s time to move in for the kill. You know the type, the sycophant who spends most of…

Ass Backwards

The President of the United States was in Mexico recently talking about issues important to both nations. What he said and what he wanted to say were far removed from one another. The main topic was that which consumes Mexico and the Mexican/US…

The Right to Flight

A friend of mine walked into an airport the other day, eventually arrived at the check-in counter and said; “I’m going to Boston. I’ve got three suitcases. I want one sent to Denver, one to Atlanta and one to LA. The agent said, “I’m…

No Loitering

The Swiss have pretty much figured things out. Like the Great Wallendas, they learned how to walk a fine line. They are passionately dispassionate. They survived intact in a tough neighborhood. During two world wars in the 20th century, the…