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  • Knowledge and Denial

    This afternoon, after recommending a book to a friend, I found myself thinking about knowledge and denial. I had given her the book, Lords of Finance by Liaquat Ahamed because I was finding its contextualization of an earlier financial crisis strangely comforting. And, although she preferred a strategy of remaining hazily unaware of specifics as [...]

  • Assault on Trust

    Remember the adage, “the customer is always right?” Well, it articulates a psychological truism called the “Law of Effect”. Simply put, the meaning of an action is in what it does.  Our adage reflects on one meaningful dimension of a transaction, motivated ,of course, by the desire for a smooth business deal from the perspective [...]

  • Stunned By the Dow

    Watching the market drop precipitously, again, I wonder at my friends’ silence. Exhaustion? Too much time since the last drop, too much hope spent (“my broker is a genius….see here, we’re up again!”) one time too many. Stunned? Incapable of considering the implications: too too too too to wrap the mind around. As I write, [...]

  • Annals of Denial: Follow Your Bliss

    Two moments, several hours apart, gave me plenty to think about. The first happened, as three neighbors, all returning from walking our dogs in the park , paused on a street corner, to wait for the traffic light to change. We were chatting about friends and colleagues who’d recently become unemployed. A well-dressed, middle-aged man, [...]

  • “Daisy Daisy”: A Reflection Upon Adult Learning

    Reflecting on a recent shift between stress and resolution, I can discern the effects of adult learning. I’ve rarely recognized an example so brightly, so distinctly. At its center was my I-phone, upon which I’d become increasingly reliant. Already a generation out of date, it suddenly indicated that I could only access my “favorites”. How [...]


This is the archive for February, 2009.


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