A Pompous Clown Answers Your Questions

After the other night’s “Chronicle” episode, I was besieged with messages from old readers, new readers and, I suspect, non-readers of this column. “Besieged” is not too strong a word, since the web site got about a gaziooion hits more than average, with most of those coming from first-time visitors. Welcome! I will respond personally … Continue reading A Pompous Clown Answers Your Questions

I am a Field: What Flows through Me Enriches Me

As a jackass, I’ve no right to use Chinese ideograms. They should be reserved for Zen practitioners, restaurants serving fried rice and college students searching for just the right tattoo. Don’t worry. I’m not going to be deep here, although I do wish I had wisdom and depth as an option instead of a promise … Continue reading I am a Field: What Flows through Me Enriches Me

Welcome Chronicles Viewers! Here’s a Smorgasbord of Tiny White Box Columns

So . . . you’ve seen the Tiny White Box on Channel 9’s “Chronicles” program. Thanks for watching, and thanks for stopping by. As I write this, I haven’t seen the segment, so I don’t know its theme. Let’s assume it didn’t call for villagers to burn me out of the Great North Woods, and … Continue reading Welcome Chronicles Viewers! Here’s a Smorgasbord of Tiny White Box Columns

Mission Statements and Me: A Battle I’ve Finally Won

Management theory is bunk, as is most management practice, really. Oh, I’ve managed organizations large and small, and done a good job, as measured by improved outcomes and increased incomes.  Because of this success, various traditional organizations have found me useful. Until they decide they want a mission statement, at which point I become an … Continue reading Mission Statements and Me: A Battle I’ve Finally Won

Making the Most of Having Been the Least of These —Granite Leaders Program

“Whatever you did for the least of these, you did for me.” —JC, as quoted in Matthew 25 In my previous life, I ran an agency that provided housing for formerly homeless veterans and food and clothing for anyone who came to our doors. I’m never going back to Liberty House, of course, but I … Continue reading Making the Most of Having Been the Least of These —Granite Leaders Program

More Rejected Book Titles—My Favorite Columns to Write!

The secret to having good ideas is having a lot of ideas and discarding the bad ones. Titles have always been difficult for me. Whether for songs (“Out-of-Town Tuna Fish”), albums (Songs from the Zen Baptist Tradition), poems (“Drowning in the Fountain of Eternal Life”), stories (“Let Me Begin Again”) or novels (What Trouble Looks … Continue reading More Rejected Book Titles—My Favorite Columns to Write!

President Trump, I Want to Praise You—But You Make it Damned Near Impossible

  Let me open my computer’s figurative kimono and tell you a little bit about how I work. I use an old MacBook, and on my desktop is a “Ready to Publish” folder and columns in various states, ranging from Nearly Completed to Just a Title to Somewhere in Between. Among the latter is a … Continue reading President Trump, I Want to Praise You—But You Make it Damned Near Impossible