As a child, I loved creative stuff. One time after watching a Pink Panther cartoon circa 1984, I grabbed a few sheets paper, turned them sideways, and wrote the storyline of the episode on the right side of each sheet. Sitting on the floor of my bedroom, with my trusty Fischer-Price record player at my side serving as a pretend typewriter, I shifted between writing and "typing" the tale. Once the writing part was done, I drew the illustrations—the sketches of a 5-year-old—on the left side of each sheet. After I finished...
Just before New Year’s Eve, I dashed to Maine to watch the private premier of the film Incredibly Loud and Dangerously Close. The film’s scheduled for national release on January 20th, but I got my exclusive sneak peak courtesy of my friend, Alex Libby, who helped director, Stephen Daldry, do research for the film by speaking with September 11 survivors. After warming up in the Freeport movie theatre, the lights dimmed and the audience watched 10-year-old Oskar Schell—portrayed by up-and-coming actor Thomas Horn—capture...
As Nancy Southern pointed out in her recent post, engaging with China presents certain challenges because of the different value systems in play. China has moved extraordinarily swiftly to become the world power it is today, and its values do not include an emphasis on individual rights and liberties that are part of civil society in the U.S. At a high systemic level—in the political, economic, and social realms—the evolution of China into an economic dragon gives us an opportunity to work with diverse value systems and...
A family is a delicate edifice with a natural tendency to fragment, split, and move in different directions over generations. New people enter as spouses and children with their own interests, preferences and life styles. But when a family shares ownership, oversight, and dependence on shared investments, they challenge this tide. Such connected, “enterprising” families must work continually to head off and manage conflict between an ever-enlarging pool of family members, who share blood but know each other less and less. They...
I have three teenage daughters. Needless to say, we pay for the unlimited text-messaging feature on our family mobile phone contract. I used to worry about the impact of sending abbreviated bursts of words and symbols on the future of communication, but I’ve been won over by how responsive my daughters are when I send them a text message. The other day, I caught my wife sending a text message to my daughter, who was in the next room, to tell her that dinner was on the table. Come to think of it, between updates, comments on updates,...
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