Missing Pieces

There’s a memorable scene in the 1981 movie “Reds.” It’s 1917. Warren Beatty, playing radical journalist John Reed, asks Diane Keaton, playing Louise Bryant, to accompany him on a trip to revolutionary Russia. She looks at him, pauses, and asks, “What as, Jack?” That...

Sand Trap

A riddle: Q. “What are the three scariest words in the English language?” A. “Charity golf tournament.” I confess that I have a deep aversion to golf. I expect that when I’m buried I’ll have the distinction of being the world’s only fundraising professional never to...

Numbers Game

Imagine you are a manufacturer of widgets. You have a sizable factory and a loyal customer base. Your business is growing steadily and you’re making money. One day your best customer says, “I love your product, and you’ve treated us well, and your price has been...