To the learned men and women who lead the Jewish faith I would like to offer a simple message: Enough already. A frequent consumer of rabbinical sermons, I can say, with all due respect, that most of the time, the sermon bombs. And it is usually because of the same bad storytelling habits.
Just as professional athletes take steroids, it seems as if embellishing or even fabricating stories has become the stimulant of choice for nonprofit leaders looking to gain a competitive edge.
after Armstrong and three-time Amgen winner Levi Leipheimer admitted to doping just less than a year and a half ago, would the crowds still return? Would the sport be tainted?
When a beloved parent bends the truth, the child will likely alter what they know to be true about the world. They grow up feeling they can no longer trust their perceptions, denying what they know to be real.
Not only are celebrities pardoned for their obnoxious behavior, their stock seems to rise. That's right, the more they screw up, the more they win.
The Seattle Seahawks' outspoken cornerback Richard Sherman ignited a firestorm of controversy when he gave what appeared to be a thuggish rant of the ...
2013. Wow. Could you be more proud of how this country chose to treat its most recent 365 days?
Of course there are the stories that revealed the brutal and often ugly nature of the games and their athletes. These are the stories that can stay in 2013 and hopefully never come back. But let's start with The Good.
Power going out at the Super Bowl; Maker's Mark announcing its plans to dilute its whiskey; the woman who hid under her desk to avoid a TV reporter; Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend and a Canadian mayor's crack-laced meltdown. All great, but not Sponge-worthy.
If North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un had whispered to his uncle, "Looking forward to seeing you over the holidays" it would have taken the cake on this year's Top Ten List... but this year there were even stronger real contenders.
What does self-deception mean? As RadioLab's story suggests, self-deceivers are not only more successful, but often happier. Go figure.
Since how we navigate this period will determine the second half of life, the stakes at midlife are high. If we've made the right choices, then ultimately we're not different from who we once were -- we're more authentic and real.
No, he owned up, no strings attached. He said he made a statement that turned out to be not true. He said he understood that it is scary to get a cancelation notice. And he apologized. Obama's apology gets full points for being unequivocal.
Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell were reporting on the triumphs and trials of cycling superstar Lance Armstrong for the Wall Street Journal and have just released Wheelmen, their blistering chronicle of Armstrong's career
As team mom for both my kids' teams, I was constantly spouting lessons about success only being achieved by hard work and practice. But, as we watched big-name player after big-name player face accusations of PED use -- with few consequences -- I could see I was losing my audience.
Gibney signed on to film Armstrong's comeback attempt in 2009, in which he supposedly was going to prove that he had won his previous championships cleanly, despite a blizzard of accusations saying otherwise.