Two shared housing co-ops both used the word “joy” to describe their households. That should tell you something.
Wall Street’s bonus season, with speculation that some compensation could be in the eight-figure range, exhibits a stupefying level of cluelessness from a supposedly bright segment of the population. Bright but out of touch. Four million mortgages are either in foreclosure or more than 90 days behind in their payments. The bailed out banks repaid … Continue reading Katrina’s lessons
The entire country seems to be having a deer in headlights moment: stunned with fear. With our social fabric rent to shreds, if there ever was a time for a new model, this is it. Cooperative community diners pose an elegant solution that may solve myriad problems on many levels. The diners of my youth, … Continue reading Diners that Nourish and Heal What Ails Us
On a a splendid fall Saturday afternoon, a young man stood outside a convenience store with three children ranging in height from 2 feet to 3 feet. As they dug into their candy, the little girl dropped her wrapper on the ground. Litter contributes to urban decay but it is easily remedied. I took a … Continue reading Litter, a Sign of Our Tragic Pathology
Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell’s new book splendidly portrays what can happen when brilliance meets advantage and opportunity. And what doesn’t happen when brilliance runs into the brick wall of family dysfunction. Gladwell’s premise is that those who spectacularly outperform everyone else were not just brilliant, they were also able to take advantage of the opportunities that … Continue reading When Brilliance Meets Opportunity – or Doesn’t
There is nothing like a collapsed economy to show what people are made of. Fortunately, many are very bright lights. A once quite comfortable woman now cares for older people who still have the means to pay others for help. She’s 72 now and thought she would be lunching with friends at this stage. She … Continue reading We are Bright Lights on the Horizon