Don and Arlene: This is Us

Sixty years ago today, my mother and father were married at Holy Family Church in New Rochelle, NY. The events of that day would produce four children, nine grandchildren, and four granddogs. From my parents’ example I have learned many truths about marriage;...

Another Trip Around the Sun

Yesterday marked the official beginning of my 44th year and I had a fantastic day celebrating it on the golf course with my twin brother Jimmy, my father Don, and my son Patrick. While we were checking in with the starter, I saw some guys with various cameras set up...

A Total Eclipse of Values

A total solar eclipse will cross the US today for the first time in almost 100 years. While it is the first time in a century that this celestial event can be seen across the US, total solar eclipses happen every two years.  That the moon will pass between the earth...

Gimme Three Steps

If you are one of those fortunate to have not only found your true calling in your professional life, but also make a living doing it, do you remember the moment when it clicked for you? Is it easy to recall the exact moment when you realized I was meant to do this?...

Intent vs. Outcome 

At the moment, I am sitting alone in one of Charleston South Carolina’s nicer hotels. As a guy who travels around the country uncorking stories, this in an of itself is not odd – I’m often alone in hotels. The weird thing is that this week my family...

Modem Strong

Twenty years ago I joined a company that was at the epicenter of interactive marketing. It was called Modem Media and I started just before its tenth birthday (I even got a snazzy blue laptop bag for being there when it turned double digits). I was hired as a research...