November 2013

Speaking of Compassion

One of the most compelling stories of compassion comes from Peter Westbrook. An Olympic medal-winning fencer, Westbrook sees an inextricable connection between being your best and being compassionate. His journey through anger and pain to compassion is a remarkable example for all of us to … Read More

Reaching Beyond Ourselves

I’ve written about the significance of faith before. Although it is not an ethical value, its importance in driving ethical conduct should not be underestimated. In fact, the word faith comes from the Latin fidere meaning ‘to trust.’

Trusting can sometimes be difficult, but it … Read More

Hubris vs. Wisdom

Last week a decision was made that could lead to important changes in Iran’s nuclear enrichment program. The first-step in A Joint Plan of Action on Iran’s Nuclear Program appears to have been agreed to. As stated in the preamble to that agreement:

“The goal … Read More

Friday, November 22, 1963

Here’s what I remember about that day.

There was snow on the ground when I walked to catch the bus to school that morning. All I kept thinking about, however was the Algebra exam that afternoon, and that, if I were lucky, I’d score a … Read More

November 20, 1963

“Students,” Mr. Morales said in his unmistakable Chilean Spanish accent, “…take out a neat, clean, leaf of paper.”

As a freshman high school student in New York, those words clearly meant that we were about to receive a snap Spanish quiz. But I know what … Read More

November 18, 1963

Fifty years ago no one had a clue how the week would end and how it would change us forever.

Fifty years later, the mythology surrounding President John F. Kennedy has only grown. In a recent Gallup Poll (Nov. 15), Americans gave Kennedy their highest … Read More

Pass the Hot Wings, Coach

You are the athletic director of a middle school whose football team just finished a winning season. You just learned that the coach wants to celebrate by taking the entire team to… the local Hooters restaurant to celebrate. What do you do?

Well, if you’re … Read More