Paradise Found

Paradise Found

In the Paradise Found series, we are describing what we find upon returning to the United States after 25 years abroad in Switzerland. It is not the same place we left. How has the U.S. changed in the last 25 years? Read on if you want to see the U.S. through fresh eyes.
Nov
25
Brick wall painted black on top of 45-degree diagonal and yellow on bottom. Painted words "shop lokal or else"

I've Got a Tip for You (Newsletter 074)

Tipping in America requires just a few ingredients: a transaction involving at least two individuals and money changing hands, including electronically.
6 min read
Nov
04
Empty airport walkway, with seats in foreground and escalators stretching off in distance

The Scorecard One Year On – Is Anyone Winning? (Newsletter 071)

We can turn America's score around if we want. But first we have to accept that no one else is coming to do it for us.
5 min read
Oct
28
Looking On the Bright Side (Newsletter 070)

Looking On the Bright Side (Newsletter 070)

The more you are willing to look honestly at the ugliness in modern life, the more vital it is you add optimism to your mix.
6 min read
Oct
26
The Downside to Academic Life in the United States

The Downside to Academic Life in the United States

I can either go along and not make waves, or I can be an interesting and honest teacher who challenges students to think and learn. I'm not at all sure I can do both.
4 min read
Oct
21
Slouching Towards Catastrophe (Newsletter 069)

Slouching Towards Catastrophe (Newsletter 069)

Without deprivation, plenty goes unremarked. Without hardship and suffering, ease is little regarded.
6 min read
Oct
19
How Will America Decline?

How Will America Decline?

A history of success in almost any endeavor does not guarantee success forever. In fact, it would be foolish to assume so.
5 min read
Oct
14
How Valuable is Consistency? (Newsletter 068)

How Valuable is Consistency? (Newsletter 068)

It takes discipline and conviction to stay true to a slow but steady course. Particularly when you're regularly confronted with examples of instant success.
6 min read
Oct
07
Jump Right In, The Water's Fine (Newsletter 067)

Jump Right In, The Water's Fine (Newsletter 067)

With age comes a certain acceptance, if not wisdom. Because you have seen more, you take the daily outrages less personally. It's not about you, the world is just unfair sometimes.
5 min read
Oct
05
In Strangers' Living Rooms

In Strangers' Living Rooms

Every time I fly, the distance I contemplate driving to avoid flying goes up.
4 min read
Sep
16
When Leadership Fails (Newsletter 064)

When Leadership Fails (Newsletter 064)

There are many reasons to believe that people are the same everywhere with similar hopes and dreams. We just want to be left alone to live our lives in peace.
6 min read