Time to start a resolution!

January!! It’s the time for the thousands of years old tradition of making resolutions for the coming year. It’s the time of reflections and promises. And, for me, it’s the time to promise eating fewer chocolate chip cookies—oops, already broken—and for some, it’s a...

The 365 Days of November

I miss November. Don’t get me wrong, December is a nice month, even a great one. Everybody gets to celebrate their own holiday, how cool is that? There are the more well-known holidays like Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. And there are the less well known like St....

No such thing as a dumb question.

We don’t come into the world knowing all the answers. So, growing up, we ask a lot of questions in order to figure things out and solve the problems we face. The problems and mysteries get more complex as we get older and we ask more complex questions. A friend of...

Check it out!

As a young boy, I never liked libraries. It wasn’t because of the musty smell of a thrift store or the scowling librarian who insisted on total silence or because I could never figure out the Dewey Decimal System or the bad jokes like  How do librarians file melted...

An now, an encore…

While most people think of July as the month for family vacations, outdoor barbecues or investing in a better air conditioning unit my mind is trying to figure out Medicare enrollment forms.  Yes, this is the month I turn 65. Research tells me that I am just one of...

Which comes first…?

When I first entered into this sometimes inscrutable profession of helping communities help themselves, the name of the organization I joined was the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development. But community developers and economic developers were...

It’s in your court.

Watching the current NCAA basketball tournament reminded me of when I was young, and like so many young people, imagined the excitement of my team making it to the final playoffs.  I saw myself making that winning jump shot in the last second (I perfected making the...

Don’t be a sour puss.

What do you call a kitten that drinks lemonade?  A sour puss. “Where is Maury going with this?” you are asking yourself.  Well, here’s another one:  What do you call a child that makes lemonade?  An entrepreneur. While many adults spent February talking about the...

No, BRE is not a French cheese.

Here we are.  February.  The longest 28 days of the year that are usually too cold and dark with just a hint of soon-to-come longer days of light.   Also, its the month of coming to terms with your new year’s resolutions that did not even last a month.  (My chocolate...

Time to start a resolution.

January!! It’s the time for the thousands of years old tradition of making resolutions for the coming year. It’s the time of reflections and promises. And, for me, it’s the time to promise eating fewer chocolate chip cookies—oops, already broken—and for some, it’s a...