“EXPERIENCE IS A GOOD SCHOOL. BUT THE FEES ARE HIGH”

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. Heinrich Heine said that when fees to attend Harvard in the mid-1800s were $250 and not the $48,000 they are today. He didn’t mean that kind of school, of course, though in America…

RamsayWrites – A Justice for a Justice

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. The Globe and Mail is not where I’m used to seeing “snakes in your bed” headlines. But this one came close last month: “Catalyst offered up to $11-million to Israeli…

RamsayWrites – The Strong, Silent, Psycho Type

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. In 1966, Harvard researcher Timothy Leary would spend weekends with his students at a mansion in Dutchess County, New York where they’d smoke dope and drop acid. Now Dutchess county…

Weekend Reading Doesn’t Mean Weakened Reading

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. Today’s blog is to brain food what eggs benedict is to weekends: great-tasting, highly socializing and not great for your arteries. But hey, try these tidbits and see how they fill…

RamsayWrites – Addictive overwork.

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. What are high-performers going to do now that addictive overwork is losing its allure? Not overwork as in 10 hours a day and the odd Sunday at the office. Or consecutive Zoom meetings,…

RamsayWrites – Jim Crow 2.0

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. None of us was alive for the original Jim Crow laws back in the 1920s which made racial segregation legal in the southern United States.  “Colored only” washrooms, poll taxes,…

RamsayWrites – Weekends Weren’t Always Weekends

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. Until the late 1800s, people worked six days a week, with Sunday their day of rest -- and in many places, church. The idea of a weekend as two very different days “in which we…

RamsayWrites – Travel Porn

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. Travel porn isn’t travel for sex. It’s the pictures of destinations that are so gorgeous they defy the reality of even our most precious memory of a lovely place. It’s not my…

RamsayWrites – Leaving in Disgust

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. The Royal Bank of Canada has more employees than the Canadian Armed Forces – 86,000 compared to 68,000. While the Royal is the 11th largest bank worldwide, the Canadian Armed Forces…

Omnium-Gatherum – Oh Gee!

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. I used to write these Omnium-Gatherum (OG) blog posts every month, with 8 to 10 brief items to lead you down the rabbit hole. Now, they’ll land every week, a mark of how much strange…

RamsayWrites – Long Condoms

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. In 1943, Winston Churchill allegedly ordered a special run of condoms to be manufactured at double the regular size. He then had them shipped to Moscow in boxes stamped “Made in…

RamsayWrites – A Shot in the Dark

With few of us flying, we don’t hear stories of air rage anymore. They used to be all the rage, and on the rise. A nutter goes wild because a flight attendant doesn’t say “Please.”A frequent flyer doesn’t get his upgrade. Some fanboys…

RamsayWrites – WHAT’S BETTER THAN SUBSCRIBING TO MY BELIEFS? SUBSCRIBING TO MY BLOG.

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. I started writing The Plague-Ground last March 18th, five days after my wife, Jean, and I fled north to our cottage. Within a couple of weeks, most of my work had vaporized.…

The Plague-Ground – This Could Be Dangerous

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. Back in 2010, a publicist persuaded me to invite an unknown Columbia Law Professor to speak at a RamsayTalk about his new book. The Master Switch showed how tech companies that…

The Plague-Ground – Women’s Work is Never Done

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. Today is International Women’s Day. As “days” go, it’s the biggest of all since it celebrates more than half the human race. But these days there are more ‘days’ and…

The Plague-Ground – RABBIT HOLES FOR EAGER DIGGERS

Rabbits get a bad rap these days. Or rather, their roads do as they hop from Uncle Remus’ house to Farmer John’s. A rabbit hole today is that dark cramped place where your addiction to social media takes you to confirm your political…

The Plague-Ground – Irrational Exuberance

Want to listen to today's blog post? Hear it here. I don’t mean irrational exuberance in the economic sense. The phrase became instantly famous when Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan coined it in 1996 to describe the burgeoning internet…

The Plague-Ground – You have a right to disconnect

"I am sending you this email at a time that works for me. I don't expect you to respond to it until normal business hours, or when it suits your own work-life balance. I encourage you to make guiltless work-life choices and support flexible…