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Written stories and reflections designed to uplift those seeking a little inspiration

Modem Strong

Twenty years ago I joined a company that was at the epicenter of interactive marketing. It was called Modem Media and I started just before its tenth birthday (I even got a snazzy blue laptop bag for being there when it turned double digits). I was hired as a research...

A Lever to Pull

“You are just a lever I had to pull.” This was the rationale given to me by my former CEO when my position was terminated this past January. You know who pulls levers? Executioners, and when these words were spoken, images of Old Sparky came to mind. I suppose this...

How do I get to Heaven?

Today was a day filled with some high highs and low lows. I was asked to at my high school as part of an enrichment program for the schools' scholars program; it was an honor that I will not soon forget and I have the picture to prove it. This evening I was asked to...

I’m turned off about always being turned on

Last Thursday, we had a speaker come into the office to present some statistics on digital marketing. His leadoff statistic was one published by Microsoft that suggests humans only have an eight second attention span when looking up information online; you have eight...

When Did I Get Old?

I have a question that has been bothering since I woke up this morning. It’s not a question that is easy to answer nor is it a question that has been posed to be by others.  It’s a difficult question nonetheless – when did I get old? I don’t feel old mind you; in my...

Why?

I was in a very cranky mood this past Monday morning; my sleep was interrupted by our dog who decided 3am was a good time to go out. On top of that, I was dreading going back to work after almost two full weeks off and I took this frustration out on my wife by...

A Pirate Looks at 50

Today my brother Gregory turned 50 and while many people would dread such a milestone year, he was literally beaming from ear to ear.  He and my sister in law, Carolyn, had a very intimate affair with just a few other couples. The weather was great, the food was...

You needed me? No, I needed you!

When I was the age my kids are now my parents would put me and my twin brother in a car and drive us from our home in Connecticut down to Pompano Beach, FL to visit my grandmothers. This is not a trip for the faint of heart; 2 days in a car without the distractions of...

The Ultimate Challenger

I have a problem; I've been known to spend more time surfing Netflix for a movie to watch than I spend watching whatever movie I decide is worthy of my attention. This problem is multiplied on family movie night when there are multiple opinions to consider and this...

A Trip to Gansevoort Street

Last night my next door neighbor and I decided it was about time we went out and grabbed a glass of wine; I moved to California back in June and it took us until October to say more than just a passing, "hi" to each other. While we limited ourselves to one glass of...

Reflections on Yesterday

This afternoon the kids and I had lunch at an outdoor wine bar near the house.  We split two chicken Caesar salads and all enjoyed some fresh squeezed lemonade; what can I say, we are really living dangerously out here in southern California. The great thing about the...

Yasgur’s Farm by Way of Phoenix, AZ

Two weeks ago I was running a project for a large financial services company and with me was my friend, producer, and director Joe Indusi.  Joe and I have done hundreds of interviews together and we were doing some storytelling over lunch when one of the clients who...

Waiting for my real life to begin

I have a big birthday coming up in 30 days; the big 4-0.  It’s not something I am dreading but it is a significant milestone and, on the approach to that landing strip, I find it is an appropriate time for some personal reflection. For those of you who do not know, I...

The 7 Gifts of Norma Hart

A few weeks ago, my mother in law Norma Hart was honored by her Church for her years of service to the parish community of St. Francis.  The parish has a wonderful choir and the community wanted to raise some money for its section leaders; professional singers who...

What I learned from some Millennials

I walked into the group discussion I was running last night dreading how it was going to turn out. Warning, potential curmudgeon-like statement about to follow; the target was 18-20 year olds and the topic was technology and this is a target that I dread interviewing...

Learning to Let it Be

The other day I went to Waveny Park in New Canaan which is where I go when I have to work some things out in my own head. There's a lot going on in my life right now; health issues in the family, a heavy workload, and our imminent move to California are joining forces...

What to do when the joke is on you…

In families, different children have different roles that they play.  In my family, mine is the role of joker.  I am told that I have my grandfather's sense of humor and it is a real shame that I never had a chance to meet him.  However, this might be a hidden...