This past weekend my wife and I were in Amsterdam. And as with almost everyone else who visits the city, seeing Anne Frank's house was high on our list of must-dos. The visit did not disappoint.
It's an amazing thing, to think about the life Jews were forced to live during the days of the Nazis. And the visit to the small apartment that Anne and seven others were forced to hide out in for more than two years shakes loose a number of thoughts about humanity, resiliency, and happiness.
It's shocking to consider that in the fear of the time, ordinary Dutch citizens posed almost as big a threat to the group hiding in the Annex as did their Nazi occupiers. And because of that, even when there was no threat from the authorities, the blackout curtains remained a 24-hour necessity. The windows are still blackened today, giving you a real sense of the isolation that they must have felt.Continue reading
This is going to be a new project for me. A continuing blog about my thoughts on the world. I suppose the desire to "talk" to people via the internet comes from my often solitary work as a writer. And when I'm not speaking at an event, I'm preparing for the event, which is also a largely conversation free task. So my plan is to make this blog my office "water cooler."
The flavor will be all over. I like sports and have written professionally about sports for nearly two decades. So expect plenty of my sports opinions. (I like the DH rule, the NBA regular season is terrible, and I agree completely with each of the teams that passed on Johnny Manziel). I love to travel, and I imagine that at some point something I see or experience while on the road will shake a post out of me. And obviously because of what I've been through personally I have very developed perspective on many of life's great issues. And I won't be bashful about sharing those.
And hopefully you won't be shy about from coming back time and again to see what is the latest conversation piece, as I see it.
Until then, live it up.