Saturday on my way home from playing tennis, I stopped for coffee at a Starbucks not far from Florence and Normandie, a flashpoint for the 1992 L.A. Riots. This Starbucks did not exist when the Rodney King verdict lit up the city exactly 20 years ago that day. For all I knew, the Food4Less supermarket […]

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Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their views,and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and of service to your people. Prepare a […]

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Much of what I learned about improvisation in business came from my father, “Cowboy Bob” a farmer, entrepreneur and incorrigible dreamer from Ireland, Indiana by way of Louisville, Kentucky. As my friend, the screenwriter Christopher Lofton, describes my early relationship with Cowboy Bob: “He was a teacher who didn’t know what he was teaching and […]

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I. When I saw Charles Stenftenagel identified in an article in the Food section of the New York Times a few weeks ago as the person who’d come up with the name ‘yumberry’ for the juice of the yang-mei berry grown in China, I squirmed like a lab rat with a needle to its brain, […]

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Until last week, I had not seen my friend, Dr. Greg “Grammy” Gramelspacher, in 20 years. Not since he had become a doctor specializing in care for the dying poor. Not since he and his wife, Mary Lou, and their three children moved to Kenya to work in the poorest villages there for two years […]

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It is an organization built to operate in the Networked World. An international export company based, paradoxically, in the landlocked U.S. town of South Bend, Indiana, its manufacturing plants are scattered around the globe. Its main warehouse is in Charleston, South Carolina. Its biggest customer is in Nigeria It has 20 employees, and this year […]

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