Uncorking a Story - The Blog

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

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...

There goes my hero(s)

I am having a hard time reconciling the fact that 12 years ago I was sitting in a hospital room with my wife just shooting the breeze while she complained about discomfort "down there."  The truth is that the two of us didn't think much of it. Nicole had been in the...

Reflections on Relationships

Earlier this week I sat down with a couple to talk about their robotic vacuum.  Wow - there's something you don't hear every week. However, this is the nature of what I do; I interview people about a variety of different things and try and find some story to tell my...

Fix You?

This may be hard for some of you to believe but in my teenage years, I was a bit of an introvert.  In fact, it was not uncommon for a 15 year old Mike Carlon to retreat to his bedroom, turn off all the lights, and lose himself in music. This was particularly true if...

A Kiss to Build a Dream On

It would be impossible to summarize the events of the past few weeks by solely relying on words.  I could say these past few weeks have been crazy, demanding, draining, or taxing – but those words just wouldn’t do justice to the weeks we have had.  I am tempted to...

Everyday Jacob Marleys

Every year around this time I reread Dickens' A Christmas Carol. I also watch it on TV. It doesn't matter if it is Alastair Moore, George C Scott, Patrick Stewart or Jim Carrey playing the role of Scrooge, I just can't get enough of this tale. Dickens himself grew up...

Recalling and Regretting Band Aid

Almost 30 years ago, a group of recording artists led by Bob Geldof formed an ensemble called Band Aid to raise money for famine relief in Africa. If you are a child of the 1980s like me you'll remember the single "Do they know it's Christmas?" a fundraising vehicle...

Adopt a Grandparent, they’re Biodegradable

At the moment I am sitting in a diner somewhere in northern Jersey. It's that weird pre lunch hour where the only patrons are the elderly and, apparently, consumer researchers who are in between interviews. I have always had a soft spot in my heart for the elderly....

Giving Unconventional Thanks

Thanksgiving is a day where many of us pause and reflect on the things we are most thankful for.  Ordinarily, I would tell you that I thankful for my wife Nicole and all she does for me. I would tell you that I am thankful for the health of my children, the wonderful...

A Little Perspective

Every now and then we have an experience that seem to put things into perspective. As I was packing for a trip this week I was complaining to my wife about how much I did not want to go away. I was going to miss my first Halloween since the kids were born and I was a...

What I learned from middle school

Tonight my kids went to their first middle school dance. This had me remembering my first middle school dance - a dance I would like to forget. I had a big crush on a girl in my class. Somehow I got the nerve to call her house and ask if she would consider going to...

I met a jerk last night

Last night my wife asked me to meet her out for a date night.  The plan was for me to meet her at the restaurant as I was taking the train directly to New Canaan from New York.  Somehow our signals got crossed; I mentioned that my train would get me in around 6:40 and...

Focus Michael-san

I was reminded of an important lesson today, but first a quick story. The other night during a family dinner we were all gathered around the table talking about our dogs. Yes, this is what you have to look forward to when you are a grown up living in suburbia.  I...

Mom’s 80th

Today, my mother turns 80 years old. Exactly 39 years ago, she received a birthday present she would never forget; she gave birth to me and my twin brother Jimmy.  The doctor told her that she was having a large baby girl. My my where they surprised when she came home...