Ava Gets a Drum Pad

Somebody said once that Ringo Starr wasn’t the best drummer in the world, and he wasn’t even the best drummer in the Beatles! I’m not sure about that. My musical knowledge isn’t that strong, I’m afraid. All I know is, if someone ever asked me what drummers I’d ever...

Courage to Jump

  Imagine this. I’m suited up. I double-checked the parachute pack on my back and the goggles on my eyes. Confidently, I step to the open plane door and brace myself. Someone says, “Now.” I jump. Beneath me, the panoramic landscape spreads as far as I can see....

Granddad of Gratitude

A few weeks ago one of my favorite men died, my father-in-law Edgar. I’m of a generation that found it difficult to think about the correct way of addressing Edgar. “Sir” came to mind when I first met him, but that felt too formal for someone whose family I was...

A Born Leader

A Born Leader? I think and read about leadership a lot, not only because my job puts me in a position with responsibility to lead people and resources but also because I’m genuinely interested in the questions that swirl around the topic. At Aspire Health Alliance, we...

Little House on the Beach

“Quack, quack.” If you live anywhere near Boston, those two words immediately stir up local imagery. Even if you’re a tourist on a duck boat on the Charles River, you’ll learn soon enough to go “Quack, quack” while you’re on the boat. Then there’s the finish line of...