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How many dead children do we need before we finally take action?

There will come a day when enough children are murdered for our nation to finally move forward with sensible, reasonable, meaningful gun reform.   There is no question of this.   Murder enough little kids and legislation will eventually follow.   For Australia, it was the 1996 massacre of 35 people in Tasmania. In response,…

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How a storyteller helps a corporation

I’m often asked – yesterday, in fact – about what I do when I’m consulting with a corporation, an advertising agency, or a business owner. More specifically, how can a storyteller like me help a Fortune 100 company? It’s a hard question to answer because there are so many answers, and none of them are…

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My letter to Steven Spielberg

When I was 11 or 12 years old, I saw ET the Extraterrestrial  in The Stadium in Woonsocket, RI. Like every other human being on the planet, I loved it. But despite my love, I also despised the scene in which Elliot releases the frogs from his science class. Unlike the rest of the film,…

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A little bit of gold

Charlie’s baseball team – and therefore Charlie – won yesterday with a game-winning walk with the bases loaded. Final score 8-7. Charlie walked twice, scored twice, and hit the cutoff man with a throw from the outfield. All of this might not seem like much except that Charlie last won a baseball game in May…

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Find the L-6

Bestselling author Michael Lewis discusses expertise on his current season of is podcast Against the Rules. He makes the point that if you need a solution to a problem, you must go down at least six levels in any organization to find the answer. The people who understand an organization best are not sitting in…

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Charlie, the Celtics, and Chernobyl

Charlie and I were watching the Celtics playoff game last night. The Celtics took a huge lead early on and thankfully refused to give it up, so Charlie grabbed his iPad, keeping one eye on the game and the other on something on his own screen. Then I heard him say, “Chernobyl.” “What did you…

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Wealth breeds wealth

Thanks to Amazon’s success, CEO Jeff Bezos is the richest person in the world, worth $207 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. It’s an impressive accumulation of wealth, but it’s good to remember that it began with his parents’ investment of $245,573 back in 1995. The equivalent of nearly half a million dollars in today’s money.…

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Ask about allergies first

My family and I went to dinner last week at the 11o Grill in Canton, CT. Before taking our orders, the server asked, “Are there any food allergies we should be aware of?” Clara is allergic to peanuts, and I’m allergic to mustard, so we often need to tell servers these things when ordering, but…

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Pogo

Extreme pogo stick (you must watch the video) is a reminder that the elevation and expertise of almost any activity can be appealing to the masses. Find something you love. Then work like hell to excel in that thing. Or better yet, find a way to do it like no one has ever done it…

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