Tag Archives: writing

Woo-hoo! Op-ed in the Washington Post

By | May 12, 2018

Guess who got their op-ed about ethics printed in today’s Washington Post? Woo-hoo! You can read the column here or see the print image of the column here. A few people have asked how it came to be — the answer is, I idly put in a few tweets the other day, found them somewhat amusing, and decided… Read More »

Strangers at a bar

By | January 17, 2017

… “So there I was, working construction, doing site cleanup work where a new office tower was going up, okay? “And I came across this little bottle buried in the mud. Nothing special to look at. Little brown bottle with a cork in. Pretty well buried when I came across it. Who knows how long it’d been down… Read More »

From the vault: Mindsets and You

By | March 21, 2014

(I wrote this in the early 1990s when I was a humble student in the Master of Public Administration program at Virginia Tech. Be gentle. That was a lifetime ago.) Here we are now, some years after… Suppose you’re out at the grocery store one Saturday after­noon, dressed in jeans and a work shirt, picking up a few… Read More »

Substitute Teaching

By | September 9, 2013

(I originally wrote this in 1997. I had it up on the old version of the furrs.org website before I took it down and replaced it with the current WordPress-based version. ) Ever been a substitute teacher? I have. It was the spring of 1989. I was studying toward a Master of Public Administration degree at Virginia Tech, the… Read More »