The Spirits Within Us

Ebenezer Scrooge is one of the most well-know characters in English literature. His surname has become a noun (miser, skinflint, a tightwad, a generally miserable person) and a verb (to withhold, to chince, to horde, to be less then generous). But I don’t find...

Take the First Step

When I speak to students during readings of my books, Martin the Marlin and The One and Only Ben — in groups that often number in the hundreds, from Kindergarten through 8th grade — I get questions so direct they can only come from children. One of the questions I get...

Opportunity is Where You Create It

I recently was invited to an event at which I was one of a number of speakers from the non-profit community. Many of the other speakers decried the diminishment of government funding, saying their constituencies would be harder to serve without that funding. Why? Have...