Gelett Burgess

The Regrettable Purple Cow

“I never saw a purple cow I never hope to see one; But I can tell you, anyhow, I’d rather see than be one!”  Gelett Burgess. Gelett Burgess would come … Continue Reading →


Civility at Dinner

Three Words That Would Make a Victorian Smile

“Come at seven, go at eleven.” Dr. William Kitchener, M.D. This was the message that greeted dinner guests of Dr. Kitchener. And there was no shortage of dinner guests. In … Continue Reading →


Flower and sunlight

Five Ways to a Kinder You

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” Seneca. Everyone agrees kindness is a good idea in principle, but is best left to someone else … Continue Reading →


Phubbing: The new normal

Is Phubbing Your New Normal?

“The greatest gift we can offer is our presence.” Thich Nhat Nanh. There was a time when earnest, articulate people discussed meaningful subjects with one another long into the night. … Continue Reading →


Election Blues? You’ve Got Rights!

“A fanatic is always the fellow on the opposite side.” Will Rogers. Will Rogers made a career of drawing a straight line to the truth. He figured common sense was … Continue Reading →


Ovid’s Amores by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Ovid, Love and You

“To be loved, be loveable.” Ovid. If there had been a Rat Pack in ancient Rome, Publius Ovidius Naso—Ovid to us—would have been counted among their number. As it was, … Continue Reading →


Rickenbacker Time cover

Eddie Rickenbacker

“Determined men who won’t give up can do anything.” Eddie Rickenbacker. Eddie Rickenbacker was certainly determined and he never gave up. He’s best known as America’s first “Ace of Aces.” In … Continue Reading →


Washington’s Last Battle

“Gentlemen, you will permit me to put on my spectacles, for I have not only grown gray but almost blind in the service of my country.” George Washington. General Washington … Continue Reading →


Conversations in Management: Ann Marie Jarvis

She could convince the devil to put down its pitchfork; she just had a way about her. Olive Crow-Dadisman It’s a safe assumption that Satan wouldn’t easily part with his … Continue Reading →