by brikeane

George Saunders

Down through the ages, a traditional form has evolved for this type of speech, which is: Some old fart, his best years behind him, who, over the course of his life, has made a series of dreadful mistakes (that would be me),...

Loving Relationships

by brikeane

There are many types of relationships in each of our lives—work, school, professional, casual. Most of us strive for some type of “loving” relationship. We have in our minds about how good or “right” a relationship is supposed to be.



by brikeane

I walked into a bike shop in Philly the other day and while waiting for my turn to talk with Mike, the owner, I couldn’t help but hear the conversation between him and a customer.

Bicycle 002

Mike is an expert on all things bikes. Mike’s exuberance...


by brikeane

To be rational is not to be sensible, which originally meant 'sensitive and aware' as it still does in French and Spanish, but which now means 'unpretentiously thought­full'. Rational does not even mean reasonable, which con­veys the sense of...

Getting the Most Out of Your Marriage

by elliottg

Couples enter into marriage full of hope. They may be aware that problems will inevitably arise, but they usually feel confident they’ll be able to keep their relationships on track.

There’s reason to be optimistic. Decades of research into...

How to Manage Stress for Success

by elliottg

Stress is a normal part of life in general and work in particular. Any perceived challenge puts your body into a state of physiological alert, ready for action.

This is productive in moderate doses. Stress keeps you focused and solution-oriented....