A Life Well-Lived and a Place Well-Loved


Last week Ray Alpert, a man who was a community leader in the city of Long Beach, CA and a shining example of the change philanthropy can make, passed away at the age of 87. Though I didn't know him well, I had the pleasure of talking with him on a few occasions, and he never failed to be gracious and kind. Ray and his wife Barbara gave generously to many, many … [Read more...]

The Best Thing I Learned From My Mother


My mother is a very smart woman. When I was growing up, I could ask her anything and she always knew the answer. Whether it was about schoolwork or a song or a movie or a book or a play or politics or geography...she just knew it all.  The spring before I went to overnight camp (8 weeks!) for the first time she spent hours and hours telling me all about it  - she had … [Read more...]

12 Most Useful Things I Learned at Summer Camp

summer camp, overnight camp, life lessons, children, vermont, lake, family, midlife, empty nest

Where I grew up, in the suburbs of New York City, it was commonplace for children to spend eight weeks each summer at overnight camp. From as early as the age of 6 through 16 or so, many of my contemporaries were ensconced in camps across New England, each perched on a lake. Some may think sending children away for that long at such young ages is slightly barbaric, but to me … [Read more...]