When I was a child, we sometimes played a game, where we sat in a circle and slapped our hands on our crossed legs. We were walking in the woods and came across obstacles. “We can’t go over it, we can’t go around it, we must go through it” with the solution altering with every… Read More We Can’t Get Around/Across/Over It, So Now What?
When I hit my mid-20’s, after a long, confusing litany of medical tests, I was diagnosed with lupus. Aside from an anti-malarial medication, I was, for several months, on a high dosage of prednisone, the steroid. The doctor warned me that the medication could cause “moon face”, a puffiness of the face. For a single… Read More Hannah
I am 56 years old. And to this day, I can remember my first job as an account executive in a direct response advertising company. I remember our “team” landing a huge new client and being treated to a night out at a popular Boston bar in the basement of a hotel. The dance music… Read More Women’s Equality Day
I don’t know how the managed lane issue will pan out. At this point, I really don’t care. What is much more disturbing is the crescendo of vitriol that has replaced civil debate. For some, the prospect of a toll lane is simply intolerable. The report that perhaps a toll in the year 2035 could… Read More Forgetting the Road to the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence
Just last week I attended a funeral for our former fire chief, Allen Irvin. When I first met the Chief, he was very wary of me, a newcomer in town. It took everything I had to win him over and I knew that I had succeeded on the day he saw me heading his way… Read More Tears Remain for 9/11
With much appreciation to Jamie Brown, with the Mayor’s office in Raleigh, below is the speech I gave at the press conference during the spring Metro Mayors Coalition meeting on Wednesday, April 29th, 2015: Good afternoon – thank you for joining us today. Today, members of the Metro Mayor Coalition gathered here in our Capital… Read More Metro Mayors Speech to Press
I confess: I am about to give you the fourth speech I have written for today. As humbling as it is to admit, I procrastinated. I knew, since February, that I would be speaking today,and yet I stalled…until it was almost too late. You see, part of my excuse is that I’ve been spending a… Read More “NC Tomorrow”: Speech for North Carolina Regional Council of Governments