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 [...]

Rules For Radicals

Listen to “Rules for Radicals” by Fred Smith   As Sun Tzu’s “Art of War” and Machiavelli’s “The Prince” have been sources for practical action by politicians, soldiers, and [...]

The Wheel of Justice

Listen to “The Wheel of Justice” by Fred Smith   I’ve hummed along with Billy Joel’s song “Only The Good Die Young” for years. It’s an infectious tune and the lyrics [...]

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 [...]