The white bird and the spies — I mean, birdwatchers

“You were right. It was an egret.” Mercedes greeted me this way when we met on the abandoned railroad track. Lest you think we are spies — exchanging passphrases as we rendezvous to hand over the microfilm — I’ll quickly let you know that those days are far behind me. But, seriously … Mercedes andContinue reading “The white bird and the spies — I mean, birdwatchers”

3 rewards in social media debates

How often do social media debates change someone’s mind? It’s nearly as rare as lightning striking a purple carrot during a solar eclipse. If we aim to convince someone else of our point of view, we don’t get very far, very often. That’s not necessarily an assessment of our argument skills; it’s just the wayContinue reading “3 rewards in social media debates”

How not to feel like an idiot

“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.” [ John F. Kennedy ] Kennedy was absolutelyContinue reading “How not to feel like an idiot”

This time I know the Maldives

At my office, I have a desk calendar based on the book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. Each day, it gives a brief profile of an amazing place in the world. Recently, there was one about the Maldives. Did you know that it is the world’s lowest country? I learned that along withContinue reading “This time I know the Maldives”