Category Archives: A Step Ahead

Take Time To Teach

Father and son, a few years back!

Over the holidays this year my son finally mastered the art of tying a necktie. I was also around 15 or 16 when my dad taught me. We Ciancutti men wear a half-Windsor drawn very tight. There’s nothing sloppier-looking than a big, loose top knot parked under a man’s chin; it makes him look like he’s wearing an ascot. Sammy nailed it on the third try before we headed off to a formal dinner. It’s been easier coaxing him into … Continue reading

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Simple Standards

Getting back to being a "simple man." © Can Stock Photo Inc. / martijnmulder (guitar)

Forget your lust, for the rich man’s gold, All that you need, is in your soul, And you can do this, if you try. All that I want for you, my son, Is to be satisfied. And be a simple kind of man. Be something you love and understand. Be a simple kind of man. Won’t you do this for me, son, If you can? –Lynard Skynard The band Lynard Skynard recorded “Simple Man” in 1973, but the song peaked … Continue reading

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Continue The Climb To Success

Put a positive spin on life. © Can Stock Photo Inc. / krimchak

When my eldest son was only 5 years old, it was clear he was a gifted athlete. He averaged two “home runs” per T-ball game, and as he grew into “pitched” leagues, he showed even greater prowess. By the end of elementary school, there wasn’t a ball made that he couldn’t kick, pass, throw, hit, or run with as well or better than almost anyone his age. People sitting with us in the stands began to talk about his likelihood … Continue reading

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Charting A Course

Navigating the river of life.

As my dad walked me down to the river, the morning sun peeked over his shoulder and flickered through the trees. I was about 5 years old. Mom was waiting at the water’s edge, holding a small raft made of pieces of wood that had been lashed together. They embraced me, placed me on the raft, and handed me a paddle, just the right size for my age and strength. I set off, and when I looked back, they were … Continue reading

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How I Fared

How have YOU fared? Photo Courtesy of jfc215: iStock

I have an old token from the New York City subway that reads, “Good For One Fare.” I keep it in a dresser drawer and usually forget about it until for some odd reason I stumble across it. I found it in an “economically priced” hotel room in New York City in 1983 when I was fresh out of college and “pounding the pavement,” dropping off resumes. As a business/journalism double major, my greatest credential was being on the college … Continue reading

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