Yearly Archives: 2016

Lullaby for a Narcoleptic

Lullaby for a Narcoleptic

It started with The Washington Post.

Elementary school mornings, and for all the rest of his school days until he left for university, over a breakfast of eggs and mint tea with sugar added, he started with the comics, then leafed through the A section to the editorials pages to look at the political cartoon drawn by HERBLOCK – the name always signed in all caps and no spacing. Sundays were better: the issues huge because of the advertising inserts, the Post weekly magazine, Parade, and extended format color comics: Peanuts, Doonesbury, and later Bloom County and Calvin and Hobbes. When he was old enough not to get carded, he looked at the inserts to see what beer was on sale. Continue Reading

Things Left Undone – Five Years in France

Things Left Undone – Five Years in France

There are different views about getting things done, and not getting things done. Raised in the Episcopal Church, and for a few years an acolyte, which meant some Sundays I went to two  church services, I came to know very well the Book of Common Prayer (a 1920’s version).  A passage, from the General Confession for… Continue Reading

The Sailing Classroom – Mahina Tiare III

The Sailing Classroom – Mahina Tiare III

Note – I came across this piece when cleaning up some old directories. I wrote it in 2004 and submitted it to at least one sailing magazine, but it was rejected. The sailing trip was in May, 2003. Think of a school and what comes to mind? Open, airy kindergartens with lots of space for kids… Continue Reading

In the beginning it was never better

It’s hard to know where you are in the arc of things until after the fact. Louis Auchincloss’s The Rector of Justin tells the story of the founder and first headmaster of a boys’ preparatory school, set in the first part of the twentieth century. Obscure and humble in its origins,  St. Justin grows into an elite institution: hundreds… Continue Reading

The End of the Affair

The End of the Affair

For John Yardley, Angela Green, Surita et Je Mercurin  Gérard und Monika Espenner, the Vlaars Mira e Franck Baldaccini, Constantinos Alevras και Sofia Loukeri Continue Reading

The Children’s Crusade

The Children’s Crusade

Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble by Dan Lyons Hachette Books, 267 pages, $13.99 (Kindle edition) In 1995, 33 years old, I joined Visioneer, in Palo Alto. At that time the company had about sixty employees. I was hired as the manager of an already staffed software quality assurance team (SQA) of seven engineers… Continue Reading