I am of course overjoyed to be here today in the role of ceremonial object. There is more than the
usual amount of satisfaction in receiving an honorary degree from the university that helped to
form ones erstwhile callow and ignorant mind into the thing
Ive been a surgeon for eight years. For the past couple of them, my performance in the operating
room has reached a plateau. Id like to think its a good thingIve arrived at my professional
peak. But mainly it seems as if Ive just stopped getting better.
You grew up in a kind of fairy tale, in a big-city brownstone with 11 rooms and three baths. Your
father practiced medicine and made a mint. When you were a college sophomore, you described
him as thoughtful, funny, and patient. Once in awhile his childre
Lucy is part of Generation Y, the generation born between the late 1970s and the mid 1990s.
She's also part of a yuppie culture that makes up a large portion of Gen Y.
I have a term for yuppies in the Gen Y age group - I call them Gen Y Protagonists & Spe
The idea of quality of life is very twentieth-century. It sparks associations with ideas like
statistical quality control and total quality management. It is the idea that entire human lives can
be objectively modeled, measured and compared in meaningful
In September 1942, Viktor Frankl, a prominent Jewish psychiatrist and neurologist in Vienna,
was arrested and transported to a Nazi concentration camp with his wife and parents. Three years
later, when his camp was liberated, most of his family, including
A couple of weeks ago, I replaced my three-year-old BlackBerry Pearl with a much more
powerful BlackBerry Bold. Needless to say, I was impressed with how far the technology had
advanced in three years. Even when I didnt have anybody to call or text or e-m
Stereotypes are killing us, and they are killing our children, and they are putting LSD into the
water supply. Stereotypes are like rogue elephants with AIDS that have been set on fire by
terrorists, except worse. We all hate stereotypes. Seriously. Dude,
I had a high school English teacher named Mr. Turk, who insisted that the best sentences in the
world were just two words. Subject and verb. He said our class had proven too dense to
understand prepositions. "We define the limitations of experience with a
Maybe it's the time of year. Or maybe it's the time of man, I don't know. But there's something
going around, and it's worth evaluating.
I first noticed it in myself, since I'm around myself more than I'm with other people, which may
be part of the proble