Tuesday morning I found myself at a red light, positioned behind an ambulance. The window of the rear door was tinted; but sunlight streaming through a side window lit up the interior, rendering the tint ineffective. For the duration of the traffic signal’s cycle, I had a front-row seat to the drama unfolding inside. A … Continue reading Tinted Windows
On a busy street corner in Mumbai, India, Sayed Mehboob sits on a small wooden stool. He leans in close to his first customer of the day and inserts a metal pick into the man’s aural canal. Sayed is a professional kaan saaf wallah. He’s an ear-cleaner. A little over 2,000 miles away in Chengdu, … Continue reading Huh?
Back in October, Nickolas Green began uploading videos to YouTube. The 15-year-old outdoor enthusiast filmed himself hunting, trapping, and practicing all manner of outdoor skills. By January 1st, his channel had reached a grand total of 70 subscribers. To celebrate, and as a show of gratitude, Nickolas made a new video. He spent the night … Continue reading The Secrets to Success
Last week the Space X rocket Falcon Heavy lifted off from Kennedy Space Center. The launch was the latest in a series of experiments designed to usher in a new era of space flight. The ultimate goal is to privatize space travel, for both commercial and personal use. News reports of the launch focused on … Continue reading Driving to Mars
Thanksgiving weekend at the Voland house is typically full of activity – and I’m not talking about the kind that results from Black Friday shopping. We stay far away from that madness. No, the activity I’m talking about involves a lot of yard work and home updates. Naturally, the kids don’t like it. First, the … Continue reading Worth the Effort
Wednesday morning my daughter Abby had an appointment with the dentist. It was a quick visit, just a cleaning, and everything checked out fine. Since we finished earlier than anticipated, I thought I’d see if the orthodontist in the same building had time to check on Abby’s retainer. She’d had her wisdom teeth removed in … Continue reading What’s Your Reputation Worth?
I was having one of those days. My to-do list was maxed out, and I had just closed the office door to start working my way through it. That’s when the phone rang. Forty-five minutes later, I hung up and turned my attention back to the first item on my list. I didn’t get very … Continue reading Work, Interrupted