Monthly Archives: January 2017

The Walk to Albany Post Road

  “When you’ve spent two years trying to wiggle just one toe everything else is brought into proportion.” ~ Franklin Roosevelt I have a suggestion when you’re at the end of your rope and feeling: Down and out Paralyzed in fear Questioning the future Imagine yourself taking a short walk down the driveway of Franklin Roosevelt’s Hyde Park home to the Albany Post Road.  It’s just 100 … Continue reading The Walk to Albany Post Road »

A Sober Thought on Power

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”  ~ George Washington As I experience the current change in government in the United States, Washington’s words burn my ears and prompt a sober reflection on the subject of power. What is it? How should it be exercised? Who should possess it? Sobriety teaches me always to … Continue reading A Sober Thought on Power »

A Running Start to 2017 on Hong Kong’s Hills (Greg Nance)

Enjoy today’s post from friend Greg Nance, who currently resides in Shanghai. On New Year’s Eve I toed the start line of the Ultra Trail Tai Mo Shan, a 100-mile tour of Hong Kong’s jungled trails. Along with 292 other ultrarunners, I set out to ring in 2017 by climbing 9,032 meters of cumulative elevation and soaking in the majestic mountaintop views. Why? I love … Continue reading A Running Start to 2017 on Hong Kong’s Hills (Greg Nance) »

The Gift of Ignorance

  Discovery can be a strange and mystifying endeavor. That which we hope to discover is often not what we actually come to discover. I can think of three illustrations in history that illustrate this truth. Christopher Columbus was commissioned to find a shortcut to the “Orient” (and all the valued trade goods that came from Asia) by sailing west. He never made that discovery … Continue reading The Gift of Ignorance »