In Memoriam: John L’Heureux

This Memorial Day weekend, I had the pleasure of attending John L’Heureux‘s funeral. That is not a typo or mistake; John’s funeral was a true pleasure, and I left with a smile on my face, as did many of the other attendees. I should probably explain. John was my faculty advisor, and oversaw my Creative … Continue reading In Memoriam: John L’Heureux

Grappling with mortality and meaning

I’m not certain what precisely led to my contemplating my death. Several of my good friends recently lost their fathers. I was also on an airplane flight, which, all statistics on safety aside, always makes me think of the Grim Reaper. Whatever the reason, I found myself at 35,000 feet, my eyes closed during the … Continue reading Grappling with mortality and meaning

Life, Death, and Living

I was struck today by the juxtaposition of two different stories on two different, extremely successful people. On Sunday, Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon passed away at the age of 59.  Simon had been told that he had only months to live back in 2012, but he defied those odds, and lived long enough to give … Continue reading Life, Death, and Living

To Savor Time, Be Aware Of It

I’ve written before about how I use the Pomodoro Technique for my work.  What may be less obvious is how I use the Pomodoro Technique for savoring life as well.  Splitting my life into 20-minute increments is as useful at home as it is at the office. For example, it’s very easy for me to … Continue reading To Savor Time, Be Aware Of It

Lives Well Lived

This afternoon, I left the office early to attend the memorial service for my old professor, Ron Rebholz. When I was at Stanford in the early 1990s, Ron was already a legendary teacher, with his Shakespeare course considered one of the top “bucket list” courses at Stanford (along with other legendary classes like ME101 and … Continue reading Lives Well Lived

Life is Fragile; Don’t Postpone It

People in Silicon Valley are unusually likely to believe themselves immortal.  Literally.  Whether it’s cryogenic preservation or the uploading of consciousness, we go so far as to deny death’s inexorability–at least for us. I’m sympathetic, since I’m terrified of death–my children all know that my fond wish is to be put into a robot body … Continue reading Life is Fragile; Don’t Postpone It

Life, Loss, Love

Recently Lindsey Mead Russell, my friend and business school classmate, and I both lost someone very dear to us.  Lindsey’s 94 year old grandfather died in August and my beloved 12 year-old dog Kobe passed away in September.  What they had in common were long, full lives and relatively short illnesses at the end. After … Continue reading Life, Loss, Love