Author Archives: David

Fruitful Multiplication

Ten-year-old Jaime is struggling with her multiplication tables. Four times nine gives her trouble. Seven times eight is particularly perilous. Four times nine frequently elicits an answer of 42, occasionally 32, seldom 36. Seven times eight can be pretty much any two-digit number. Jamie’s parents send her upstairs to do another worksheet. “Check your answers,”…Read the full article

Is There a Doctor in the House?

Applicants to medical school are aware of two deadlines. For the purposes of this column we’ll call these deadlines “the early deadline” and “the late deadline.” Indeed, all information that follows is “truthful” if not “factual.” (You have a busy day, gentle reader, and I certainly have better things to do than to complete any…Read the full article

The Far-away Island of Sala-ma-Sond

Everything I know about business can be written on the back of a postage stamp with a shaving brush. It would be difficult to exaggerate my ignorance of all matters financial. I’m an educator. To me “deficits” are cognitive, not measured in billions of dollars. My insights into taxes are comprised primarily of expletives. My understanding…Read the full article

What Else Do You Need to Know?

The people who design video games don’t allow their children to play them.  What else do you need to know? Thanks for reading. We’re done here. Move along. Come back next Tuesday.  Pretty bright folks, game designers. Multi-million dollar salaries. Multi-billion dollar companies. Only the best are hired: sophisticated programmers, accomplished marketers, psychologist designers. Google…Read the full article

It’s All Downhill

That humans live in clumps is not news. We are a social species. “Tribal” has a negative connotation, “community” a positive one. Guilds, artists collectives, professional organizations, alumni associations—all are aggregations of folks sharing a common interest or experience. Church picnics are about more than potato salad; effective development offices are about more than just…Read the full article

Two Wolves, Two-Hundred Books

My erudite readers may be familiar with this Cherokee parable: An elder Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life. He said to them, “A fight is going on inside me. It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment,…Read the full article