The Judge

This movie could have been entitled, The Grudge. When loss and tragedy reunite a father and son who have been estranged for years, a deep family rift and secrets unleash a torrent of long-festering resentment and nastiness.

Robert Duval, as the judge, epitomizes a hard-hearted, proud old patriarch — gruff, ferociously principled and well respected.

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Robert Downey, Jr., as his son, Hank, embodies the legacy of his father. A cold-hearted, amoral, formidable defense attorney whose glib and biting recriminations cut to the core, he longs for his father’s approval and reconciliation. [Read more…]

Dare To Disagree: TED Talk by Margaret Heffernan

TED Talk by Margaret Heffernan

“If we were less conflict averse, our eyes would see more, our ears would hear more and we would widen and enrich the people and ideas we were prepared to engage with.” Now that’s a pretty big statement, recently made by entrepreneur and author Margaret Heffernan.

The thesis of her TED Talk suggests, well, strongly suggests, that if we stop being afraid of conflict by learning how to manage it, we would discover our great capacity for innovation and change.


Heffernan provides excellent examples of this concept, one of which is [Read more…]

Want To Be Happy? Be Grateful: TED Talk by David Steindl-Rast

TED Talk by David Steindl-Rast 

”The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy,” says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. I agree with Brother David and watched his TED Talk with great interest as he made his case for the need to be grateful, in order to be happy… rather than the other way around. What each of us imagines will make us happy might be different, but the desire for the feeling is universal. [Read more…]

Do The Work!

DO THE WORK! by Steven Pressfield

Resistance is one of those words that can be used in a variety of contexts. In politics, it might mean a resistance movement. In medicine, there is antibiotic resistance and in physics, biological resistance — that is a measure of how well minerals resist erosive factors. And let us not forget the video game, TV show, movie, song and novel, all with the title Resistance.

In Steven Pressfield’s 98-page book DO THE WORK!, he asks the question, “Does resistance kick your butt?” An interesting use of the word, to be sure. Pressfield wrote the book as [Read more…]

The Unheard Story Of David And Goliath: TED Talk by Malcolm Gladwell

TED Talk by Malcolm Gladwell

Referred to as a detective of fads and emerging subcultures, Malcolm Gladwell often shifts—or just plain topples— our understanding of many long-held beliefs. They could be anything from food and race to consumers and intelligence. Also a chronicler of jobs you-never-knew-existed, Gladwell finds counterintuitive connections that seem to elude the rest of us. [Read more…]