Benny and the Jetlag

It's easy to get lost in the mire of terrible news and conflict. I'm guilty of this often. But last night, I was reminded how special moments can still find their way into our lives if we let them.   While on a layover in Atlanta, an elderly pianist was playing songs in the middle … Continue reading Benny and the Jetlag

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To Be Seen

Yesterday, I had the honor and pleasure of speaking at Vanderbilt School of Law. I gotta admit: I do enjoy speaking to law students, more so than bar associations or at law conferences, because I believe there's more opportunity to help them see how the deluge of legal briefs they're reading help shape our country … Continue reading To Be Seen

Earning More Than a Vote

One of the most-used features of Linkedin Premium is the ability to see everyone who has viewed your profile. It's always amusing to me when I get a message that's obviously been copy + pasted saying "I saw your profile and..." or some variation thereof before attempting to sell me something or asking me to … Continue reading Earning More Than a Vote

Remembering Nai Nai

I recently lost my nai nai, my grandmother. When people ask me about nai nai, I usually remember her with stories. Since my first memories with her, I can’t think of a single time where she didn’t share a little bit of her generosity by way of a hong bao. Every memory that I have … Continue reading Remembering Nai Nai

Paying to Play

I recently received an invitation to be interviewed for an online show that focuses on helping artists in terms of their creative process and being paid for their work. It sounded like a good fit, especially since I wrote two books and host a daily podcast show that focuses on this exact subject. I've done … Continue reading Paying to Play

One Drop of Justice

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” - Dalai Lama XIV There’s an oft-shared story about the power of small actions. It states how a small drop can shatter the perfect, smooth sheen in a pond and create ripples across the surface.   Another allegory reminds … Continue reading One Drop of Justice

The Worst Jobs I’ve Ever Had

Everyone has a story about the worst job they've ever had. Working customer service at a call center. Housekeeping for a motel. Counting inventory for a big-box retailer. Sometimes these jobs are necessary for a start. Other times it's for survival. When I reflect on the worst job experiences in my life, the common theme isn't … Continue reading The Worst Jobs I’ve Ever Had

Civility at Work

All the worlds a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits, and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts. - William Shakespeare As the debates on immigration policies at the United States border heated up last week, so did several public events that challenged the … Continue reading Civility at Work

On the Hugh M Hefner First Amendment Awards

My recent trip to DC was extraordinary - from enjoying Michelin starred restaurants to receiving an award from the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation for my battle to advance civil liberties, then meeting incredible journalists like Wolf Blitzer - but I don't think I ever felt more out of place. Each of the folks standing with … Continue reading On the Hugh M Hefner First Amendment Awards