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2013 LETTERS

Massaging the Spirit in Bhutan (December 11, 2013)

"But Bhutan, as well as some other agricultural countries, have cornered the market on spiritual massage, which is uncommon in East or West.  A Thailand, a Japan, a South Korea, or a China don’t do very well at putting the head and heart in order." To read more, click here.

Thank You for A Million Blessings (November 27, 2013)

"As we amble down the path and get close to Thanksgiving, we can give thanks in ways the Pilgrims never contemplated, reaching out across the globe and feeling gratitude. We can toast all of mankind, celebrate our wonderful friendships, or simply exult in life itself." To read more, click here.

How to Get Hired (October 23, 2013)

"Talk to everyone. And consider everything and everyone as accessible inspiration." To read more, click here.

Bookies (October 10, 2013)

"As thoughtful reading and books that you can touch are shunted aside into the tombs of history, we sense that the knowledge worker that you want to hire may not be defined by his college degree, or the employment tests that human resources factotums like to trot out, or the litany of experience that gets pasted into resumes. Instead—better—look to see whether he or she is a bookie, a compulsive reader who feels the better for having books at his elbows." To read more, click here.

The Magic of Strategy (September 25, 2013)

"Aristotle teaches that the very act of friendship makes the communicants over into something they would not otherwise be. At its best each friend moves to a higher plane, leaving some of the dross of this world behind, as each gains focus from the mirror and reflection provided by every soul in attendance." To read more, click here.

Please Lord, Some Benign and Salutary Neglect (September 11, 2013)

"In several sectors, not just cellphones, but in banking, computers and computer software, automobiles, etc., we need to stop impregnating our products and services with useless functions and extreme fragility so that we may live a little better." To read more, click here.

Sky Is Falling, Buy Sky (August 28, 2013)

"'Here is an idea. To dispel the rat race in the financial markets, pretend you are living back in the writing table days. Slow things down a bit. Maybe even write a letter!'" To read more, click here.

Are They Off Their Rockers? (August 14, 2013)

"San Francisco appears to be a goofy city bent on committing suicide."  To read more, click here.

Great Men Cross the Aisle (July 24, 2013)

"We’re a little blind and often miss men and women of stature.  But there is yet another way to tell if they have the goods. Listening.  Listening to see if they have egos big enough so that egotism does not get in the way." To read more, click here.

Somebody You’d Drink Wine with on the Fourth of July (July 10, 2013)

"With jetplanes and Camuto and Aaron Copeland, we meandered, our minds going afar. We thought of the knights of wine, chaps with different challenges than those that faced the rough and ready folks who dueled with Jackson’s frontier. Now the gunfighters are men of eccentric but firm character whom I would like to drink with on the Fourth." To read more, click here.

Rest and Repose (June 26, 2013)

"Summer is upon us, but we hardly notice, for we all have inherited the disease that most engulfs modern man, relentless activity, a to and fro where we rush about only to land in the same place we started..." To read more, click here.

Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t: Vitamins (June 12, 2013)

"A dietitian of our acquaintance, certainly the one we always most respected, always laughed roundly at nutritionists and doctors who opined about food matters. "Today's truth is tomorrow’s lie," she would say." To read more, click here.

Talia! Sicily (May 23, 2013)

"But maybe Sicily, that southernmost province and island off the Italian mainland, that easily peeks at Tunisia and the North African mainland, maybe it offers the best surprises and most important lessons to be gleaned from Italy." To read more, click here.

Sobre El Mate (April 24, 2013)

"Mate drinking at its best is a fine social experience.  One gourd is passed around, the beverage sipped out of the leaves with a bombilla straw that has a filter at the bottom so that the liquid alone can be sipped, the leaves staying in the gourd.  The server keeps refilling the gourd with hot water after each participant drains the vessel.  The gourd never is set down but passed back and forth from hand to hand." To read more, click here.

Advertising Shots Heard Around the World (March 27, 2013)

"Advert thinking, we find, now colors every presentation and every product or service offering. That means products and services and people are increasingly more and more about the packaging and less and less about the substance." To read more, click here.

Our Fondness for Scalawags, Charlatans, Mountebanks, Scoundrels, and Assorted Others of Similar Ilk (March 13, 2013)

"We like chaps who smile and make us smile. Who toss down steaks and lobsters, have bulges in their clothing from too much enjoyment, and probably a swelling in their wallets from having made fast and loose with the public purse." To read more, click here.

War Never Ends (January 23, 2013)

"If you fight long and often enough, does it make you fractious? Does some of the polarity we see in politics and sense in society result from too much war?" To read more, click here.

You Don't Say (January 2, 2013)

"Better yet, a formal stylish dinner could be just the thing to deny all the strife and meanness that is roaming through so many streets of the world" To read more, click here.