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Happy Birthday Roneet

The Roneet Carmell Memorial Endowment Fund

Last Friday was Roneet’s birthday. She would have been 55. I thought this would be an appropriate time to discuss ways I have tried to honor her.

As I’ve gotten older and have had more resources available in which to invest in other people and organizations,

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Mastery in Charleston

Charleston Gary Carmell Bob Weir

I have a myriad of reasons for writing my blog week in and week out. One of them is that it can serve as a quasi-diary of my life so that I have something I can turn to remember what was happening in my life and when.

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Inverting James Taylor: The Fan

Gary Roneet James Taylor

Every couple has its idiosyncrasies. One of those in my long relationship with Roneet was her insistence every night that we sleep with the portable standing floor fan on no matter how cold it was inside the house. I am pretty sensitive to being cold at night so when she would insist that the fan be on,

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Strangers Stopping Strangers: 7 Benefits of CEO’s Having Hobbies

“Strangers stopping strangers

Just to shake their hands”

-Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter

I recently went to listen to a Grateful Dead cover band at a local bar/restaurant. I was immediately impressed by how good they were and the joyous atmosphere they helped create.

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In Sickness and Health

sick

It was a year ago that Roneet and I, along with her parents went on a trip of a lifetime. We took a five-week cruise that stopped in 11 countries in Africa and Asia. I am so glad that we took that trip as we were able to spend such a glorious time together and I ended up with such beautiful memories and hundreds of pictures to remind me of our special time.

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Mastery Often Starts at Home – Proud Father

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In the melancholy song Black Peter, Jerry Garcia sings:

See here how everything

Lead up to this day

And it’s just like

Any other day

That’s ever been

This post is about a proud father acknowledging his daughter,

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What’s Your Crucible?

Crucible

A friend of mine and I went to a local bar that we very much enjoy frequenting because it is set up in a way to foster connection and conversation between the patrons. It has a living room type configuration with couches and very comfortable chairs in which there is the opportunity to sit across from people and be close to them in a very informal and fun social setting.

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Lessons From Harry About Being Truly Alive

Harry

One of the things that Roneet and I had in common was the fact that neither of us grew up with any pets other than the occasional fish. We would sometimes commiserate how they would jump out of the bowl and feel badly about it and how we both felt the sad shock of seeing them on the ground lifeless.

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Handshakes to Hugs – Between a Laugh and a Tear

handshake to hugs

I was planning on writing about Apple’s announcement that they were making a huge investment in Austin, as well as the material, slow down taking place in China and how that is impacting global economic growth. But then, the combination of reflecting on a conversation I had with a friend/mentor/business advisor and a quote my daughter texted me led me to abort and return to the subject of healing,

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Turning the Corner to the Way Forward

the Way Forward

I don’t typically find myself drawn to self-help books but after reading an article on Medium I found myself intrigued by one written in 1960 by a plastic surgeon named Maxwell Maltz. It is called Psycho-Cybernetics.

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