Not Fade Away

Listen to “Not Fade Away” By Fred Smith   I was 38 when I realized I was a misfit in my work. Teaching in a traditional boarding school on the East Coast, I was working overtime [...]

An Unremarkable Life

Listen to “An Unremarkable Life” by Fred Smith   I re-publish this every few years to honor my father and grandfather. They were so different and each found it difficult to love [...]

This Is My Story

Listen to “This is My Story” by Fred Smith   Two weeks ago in Menlo Park, a friend convened a group to talk about mentoring. It must be that time of life when people ask you to [...]

And You Have So Many

Listen to “And You Have So Many” By Fred Smith   This being the week of Mother’s Day, I remember one of my father’s favorite stories about his mother. They lived in a very poor [...]

Look Out For Pirates

Listen to “Look Out for Pirates.”   This morning I am in New York serving on a panel at the Praxis Redemptive Imagination Summit. Here is the assignment: “As tectonic shifts [...]

Jars Of Clay Or Faberge?

Listen to “Jars of Clay or Faberge?”   A conversation this week with Dan Haseltine, the lead vocalist for the band Jars of Clay and the founder of Blood: Water Mission started me [...]

Catch A Wave

Listen to “Catch a Wave.”   Several years ago, our local Chamber of Commerce brought in a renowned demographer to talk with a large group of business and civic leaders about the [...]

I Want Your Job

Listen to “I Want Your Job.”   People often ask how they can get a position as a grantmaker with a foundation. It seems sensible that donors with foundations would want help in [...]