life stages


The Good Old Summer Time Takes on New Meaning

The Memorial Day Folk Music Celebration at Robert Frost’s Connemara Homestead is one of my favorites. Not just because of the outdoor setting, but also because it’s one of the few events I attend that’s guaranteed to attract a multi-generational crowd. The four o’clock screening of “Passion” (biopic about Emily Dickinson)? No chance to see anyone under 40. How about an […]


What’s in a Name? 3

I hate the word “retired.” It brings to mind quilts and pillows. Gone to rest. Out to pasture. But you know me, I’m “not done yet!” I’m still reinventing myself in my thoughts and in my deeds. As far back as 2009, the Wall Street Journal reported on research that validated the saying, “You’re only as old as you feel you […]


Taking Inventory 2

November 20, 2015, is the ninth anniversary of my liver transplant. Almost a decade into Act 2. That’s almost as long as my first career in public education on Long Island, half as many years as I worked in corporate settings, and longer than my tenure in economic development at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. It’s twice as long, […]