In Walden, Thoreau wrote: The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks … Continue reading
I’ve been lucky in my life to work in a number of occupations, and I have tried to learn from each job I’ve held. Given the number of different jobs I’ve held, I should be the smartest person on the … Continue reading
I have to admit that I’m a hypochondriac. I don’t mean that I choose to admit it. I mean that I have to admit it. I have no choice, because I have obsessive-compulsive disorder, and I can’t stop myself. And … Continue reading
In Walden, Thoreau quoted from the Gulistan, or Flower Garden, of Sheik Sadi of Shiraz: Fix not thy heart on that which is transitory… Vegetarians like to say they won’t eat anything with a face. You may not be … Continue reading
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I hear (at supper clubs and couples’ bunko) that men are simple animals. But search “understanding men” on Amazon.com, and it returns 15,991 hits. Wouldn’t you have expected maybe five or 10 books on the topic? Meanwhile, “understanding women” produces … Continue reading
My friend Jim Forcier says, “Man wants to be a maximizer, but he’s forced to be an optimizer.” Put another way: We want to be powerboats that can pound through the waves, driving a straight line to our destination and … Continue reading