Paris, 1871

My wife’s been participating in an exercise of writing a poem a day in the month of April. I can’t keep that pace up, but have at least been inspired to try writing a little bit again. I recently read a book about the French “Commune” that held Paris briefly in 1871 and the violent…

Shameless Plug: Ithaca Shakespeare

Choreographing fights for the Ithaca Shakespeare Company over the past few years has been one of the highlights of coming back to Ithaca for me, and I was honored and delighted to join the Board this year. This summer, we’re inviting our audience to weigh in on what we perform. Vote for what you’d like…

Change, Growth, and Two Papacies

I am a lawyer by training. In the U.S., this implies a certain belief in (or at least acceptance of) the value of precedent: that evaluations of disputes (and even of the meaning of the text of laws) should take into consideration how previous courts have interpreted those same texts, or held in related disputes.…

Better Networking 101

Over the course of my work as a career advisor I’ve heard a lot of truly awful networking conversations. Candidates who have worked really hard to try and do things “the way they’re supposed to” wind up frustrated and feeling like networking is a scam by which recruiters pick whomever they like personally, rather than…

Silly Limerick

My wife won 4th place for her grammar-related poem in the ACES contest this past week. Mine’s not as solidly grammar-related, but in that spirit I came up with the following: In the world of professional toesThe happiest ones must be thoseThat crush grapes into wineThat is luscious, divine,Effervescent, and purple like prose.

Advice for My Daughter

As a new parent, I’m trying to figure out more effective ways of concisely describing my personal ethos, partly to try to uphold it more consistently, but also to communicate it to my daughter if/when she asks. A number of lessons that I think are a start to a code, in no particular order, follow:…

The Oddity of Theodicy

For many years, Google’s unofficial mantra was, reportedly, “Don’t be evil.” This sounds simple, and is a great aspiration, but is a) too low a bar (note the double negative, it’s not “be good”), and b) presumes that a bunch of computer scientists and business leaders are also fairly sophisticated philosophers who have a robust…

Risk and Reward: How Do You Choose?

NOTE: The following post discusses the New York and multistate lotteries as an exercise in probability and decision-making. It does not constitute financial advice or recommendations. You must be 18 years or older to purchase a lottery ticket. If you are struggling with a gambling addiction, please call the HOPEline 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or text HOPENY…

Talking About Flawed Patrons

Who are our forefathers? Why do we care? At one level, all identity/lineage, whether family, religious, or national is in pursuit of the same validation, that we know/have a place in the world, that we are part of a bigger story that runs deeper than the shallow activities that fill much of our days. We…