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...

Our Connective Roots in Myth

One of the books that’s had the most influence on my life is The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell. In it, Campbell incorporates the work of Freud (the collective unconscious) and Jung (archetypes) in tracing the mythological roots that unite us all...

Labors of Love

Outside my office, in space generously donated to us by the Westbrook Public Library, is a conference table. On a recent Friday morning, I was sitting in my office. A tutor and her student were in session at the conference table. Their hushed conversation was...