Author Archives: Harry Katz

Together

Together By Vivek H. Murthy, MD HarperCollinsPublishers, New York, 2020 You can die of loneliness.  It’s not just poetic sentiment, it’s a medical fact.  Research shows that lack of social connection is just as hazardous to life expectancy as smoking … Continue reading

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Solar power is becoming insanely cheap

The cost of solar power has fallen by a factor of 5 since 2010, and it will keep falling for decades to come.  That’s the gist of a May 14, 2020 blog post titled Solar’s Future Is Insanely Cheap (2020) … Continue reading

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The Storm Before the Calm

The Storm Before the Calm By George Friedman Penguin Random House, New York, 2020 I can’t decide whether George Friedman is a genius or a crackpot. Friedman has made a career of geopolitical forecasting.  He’s founded a couple of consulting … Continue reading

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Strictly Ballroom

We watched Strictly Ballroom last night.  Again.  Hadn’t seen it in years. I first saw it at the Toronto International Film Festival where it won the People’s Choice Award.  A few months later, when it was released in theaters, I … Continue reading

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Six Word Story

Cherry blossoms spring with irrepressible hope.

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Relationships at Work: Power, Trust and Peek-a-boo!

I’m working from home during the coronavirus shutdown and I’ve got into the habit of taking a long walk around my neighborhood at the end of each day. One of the podcasts I listen to on my daily walks is … Continue reading

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The Optimist’s Telescope

The Optimist’s Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age By Bina Venkataraman Riverhead Books, New York, 2019 As I write this in late March 2020 in Seattle, the world is gripped by the coronavirus epidemic.  It feels like everything everywhere … Continue reading

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