Paper Losses

Listen to “Paper Losses” by Fred Smith   Several years ago I read an article using the research of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Twersky to illustrate the brain’s reaction to [...]

The Glitter is Gone

Listen to “The Glitter is Gone” by Fred Smith   In the past there has always been an unspoken bond between the very rich “one percent” of our world and the rest of us. During the [...]

Quo Vadis?

  Listen to “Quo Vadis?” by Fred Smith Haley was five when she came to me and said she wanted to set up to sell lemonade in the front yard.  Not being the craftsman my father [...]

Losing Our Powers

Listen to “Losing Our Powers” by Fred Smith   In a recent New York Times article, “When a $1,000 Gift is Better Than $1 Million” Paul Sullivan writes about Donna and Benjamin [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

A Better Life

Listen to “A Better Life.”   As I handed him the check for the work he had been doing for us he paused before folding it neatly and putting it in his shirt pocket. “Are you happy [...]

All In Good Time

Listen to “All In Good Time.”   It’s a familiar scene made even more so by movies and novels: the reading of the last will and testament. The somber family is seated [...]