There is No Such Thing As Failure


photo by Chris Dlugosz I was recently working on a deal with Costco to have my book sold in their stores. At the last minute, the deal fell through. I won’t bore you with the details, but I worked very hard for the better part of a year until it was beyond my control and … Continue reading There is No Such Thing As Failure

Caroling on a New York City Bus Is Better Than a Flash Mob


photo by David Bone When I lived on the Upper West Side, I took the 79th Street crosstown bus to my office on Fifth Avenue. I had many choices of transportation, but I favored the M79 particularly because if I took this bus from Columbus Avenue at around eight o’clock in the morning, I’d have … Continue reading Caroling on a New York City Bus Is Better Than a Flash Mob

Watching a Novelist at Work


photo by theilr I was recently asked if I’d consider participating in a program at a local college that aims to pair professionals with Honors students who are pursuing similar careers. The goal is to forge a mentoring relationship. After hearing some of the details of the program, I expressed my interest. It sounded like … Continue reading Watching a Novelist at Work

5 Ways Facebook Success is Nothing Like Real Life Success


photo by Mouser Williams We all do this. We browse our Facebook feed and see extraordinary things happening all around us. A Facebook friend just climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. A friend of a friend won The Great Food Truck Race. Someone else was named Chicago’s Teacher of the Year. Or California’s No. 1 Realtor. Someone’s teenager … Continue reading 5 Ways Facebook Success is Nothing Like Real Life Success