This afternoon, he sat for a few moments after the greetings were over– near the edge of the chair, elbows on his knees, head in his hands. He was planning, strategizing. “So you think I am an angry person?” “I think that anger is one of the primary ways you react to the world.” “It’s … More The Catullus Sessions: #3
So this time he arrives more spirited. He shakes my hand vigorously. Plops into the leather chair. And… “I’m so…” “What? Take a breath.” “No, I’m fine. I just can’t stand people, you know.” “How?” “Okay. Yesterday. One of my friends, I’ll call him V, says he wants me to meet his new girlfriend. I’m … More The Catullus Sessions: #2
“The first thing I want you to do is to tell me how you are feeling. Whatever comes to mind. Don’t just say things you think I need to hear.” He was silent. Skeptical. “Okay. Why are you here?” Still nothing. But I could tell from his eyes that he was thinking. He had those … More The Catullus Sessions: Day One
A job is not the same as a vocation A Gallup Poll conducted in 2013 found that only 13 percent of workers are engaged by their work. That means that nearly 9 out of every 10 workers are left unfulfilled at their jobs. Nearly 40 percent of their waking hours are without real meaning. The cause … More Your Work. Your Calling.
There is a portion like the holy in the growing odors of the green– Slinking thyme English ivy on the vine Lily bells and Queen Anne’s lace Purple-tufted onion grass, the trace of Persian clover, sodden honeysuckle, A red-eyed Rose of Sharon tree. Tell me, dear, how many bear on me– how you bow or boast or lust or lose? How much … More Return
The point is not to take the world’s opinion as a guiding star but to go one’s way in life and work unerringly, neither depressed by failure nor seduced by applause. —Gustav Mahler I remember when it seemed that all my undergraduate friends were packing up their English and Classics degrees and heading off to law … More You are the Way
For me, Gustav Mahler is the ultimate in classical music. As a director and composer, he found ways to get all he could from each instrument in the orchestra. No one does loud like Mahler. And for a heart-wrenching adagio, Mahler is unparalleled. Here is my list of the top ten Mahler pieces. 10. Symphony 2, … More alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Gustav Mahler! (Top Ten Pieces)
Sonia Manzano the actress who has played Maria on Sesame Street for the past 44 years is retiring. My first reaction? That pressure in my chest I get when I suddenly learn that something I haven’t paid attention to for ten years or more is gone. Like Star Trek’s Bones McCoy, I am transported to … More Five Lessons We Can Learn From Maria on Sesame Street