Self-Knowledge

I was reading the entries for our annual student essay contest this week. As I was doing so, I was struck by a notion that recalled to me something written by the late Harry Crews in the introduction to Classic Crews, a collection of some of his early work. Harry...

Putting “Commune” in Community

Because of my love for language and the derivation of words — and because of what I continue to learn about the incredible power and the singular value of community through our work at LVVS — I found myself thinking about the derivation of the word: community. The...

Home From the Dark

One night, when I was a relative newbie to cycling, I had an experience that changed me forever, as so many of my cycling experiences have: Unmindful of the approaching dusk, I left home wearing my cycling glasses, which had very dark lenses. At that point, I...

Alone No More

I read a post on LinkedIn the other day. It was written by a physician, a Dr. Profeta. He was recalling a case another physician, Dr. Fletcher, had shared with his colleagues. After writing, “Saddest case ever,” Dr. Fletcher’s case notes said this: 95-year-old male...

Brother, Can You Spare My Dime?

I saw a post from ProLiteracy the other day that indicates the extent to which we’ve surrendered our fiscal self-determination. Entitled, “The Fork in the Road to Funding For Adult Basic Education“, it said this, in part: The president’s proposed...

The Point

If you read enough, and long enough, you’re bound to come across the proverbial diamond in the rough; the product of a keen intellect; a thoughtful treatise, rationally conceived, soundly argued, and engagingly persuasive. The finding is as joyful as the...

Tell Your Story

A few years ago, Peter Guber wrote this in the Harvard Business Review, “Critical details, data, and analytics are more effectively emotionalized and metabolized by the listener when they’re embedded in a story.” Similarly, Jonathan Gattschall wrote...

Compassion and Determination

There are many personal characteristics by which one might achieve success — courage, perseverance, strength, intelligence, aptitude, even luck. I’d add two more. But first, I want to introduce and modify a notion. The late, legendary Zig Ziglar once wrote: You...

Threads of Life

Since I mentioned the summer of 1964 in a previous post, I offer this one about a more recent encounter prompted by my having read the news item below: WESTBROOK, CONN – The Westbrook Fire Marshall is trying to determine the cause of an early morning fire at 20 Cherry...

Why I Write

Given my joyful duties as Executive Director of LVVS, it seems apropos to share the joyful memories of my first summer in Westbrook. And given the mission of LVVS, it seems apropos that those joyful memories are of discovering the power of language. In the summer of...