Homing In On the Answer

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Normally when a “white paper” from a big-name consulting firm comes across my desk or computer screen, I jump back like it’s a disease-carrying rodent or bug. But when I was recently sent Ernst & Young’s “Top 10 Thoughts for Hospitality in 2008,” something caught my eye, just before I was about to bring down my […]


Lots to Learn

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Ten years ago, Esquire Magazine started to publish an interesting approach to interviews called “What I’ve Learned.” Instead of writing regular articles after interviewing newsmakers and celebrities, or presenting the interviews in a “Q & A” format, they simply presented a running list of thoughts from the interview subject. To celebrate this feature’s 10th anniversary, Esquire […]


New Year’s Resolutions

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By the time you read this, chances are the diet is already shot, the commitment to get up an hour earlier to exercise is on hold, and the piles of “stuff” in your office are still there. Welcome to the New (?) Year. Fortunately, the fallout from the failure to comply with New Year’s resolutions […]


Revival of the Fittest

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“They tell me a revival is only temporary. So is a bath, but it still does you good.” That’s how the evangelist Billy Sunday responded to his critics in the early 20th century. It serves as a useful kickoff thought here, too, for this special issue we’ve built around a “Revival Stories” theme, to wrap […]


Carbon-Based Life Forms and Water

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One of the funnier ongoing skits on “Saturday Night Live” was “The Coneheads,” where Dan Aykroyd’s character referred to earth people as “carbon-based life forms.” Of course, this referred to the fact that all of us are mostly carbon and water. As we learn more about the universe, the key search for life revolves around […]


Speaking for Themselves (and You)

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Whether it’s leaning out into the aisle to try to get hot stock tips when riding on planes or trains, enjoying hearing what miked-up players and coaches say during network sports telecasts, or just engaging in some good, nosy eavesdropping, we all like listening in on others’ conversations. This even carries over into the print […]