Author: Haven Pell

The mortgage meltdown that would tank world financial markets for the second time in less than a decade was still a year away in the fall of 2007. If you are in the investment management business, as I was during those years, you know these things, as they determine when must be at your desk […]

Would you like to be the role model for a fictional character? Unfortunately, it is not really your choice; much depends on whom the author would like to choose. Kenneth Grahame wrote The Wind in the Willows in 1908, and created the famous Mr. Toad along with Mole, Ratty and Badger. The book is designed […]

The Georgia Department of Public Health has suspended the Medical Center of Elberton in North Georgia from the statewide COVID vaccination program for a period of six months. Since this is a rural area, the residents who might normally look to the Medical Center of Elberton for its COVID vaccinations, will now be required to […]

There were two trips abroad in 2007 and these will result in three stories because one will be solely devoted to Hardwick and its especially colorful history. In late May and early June, I went back to England to play 6 courts that were new to me, two that were not and another that is […]

Likely, the most interesting conversation happening today surrounds the end of the Trump administration. It does not seem like a bold prediction that those who felt betrayed would abandon him as his power waned. That is how people behave. Especially in politics. I am not sure who the long-term thinkers are with respect to the […]

Did Mark Twain actually say, “it is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled?” There is disagreement. Does it matter? True, attributing the quote to Twain adds to its catchy cachet, but it does not make the statement any the more true than it already is. The phrase has […]

The entire plot of Around the World in 80 Days, the 1872 Jules Verne novel from which the title of this series is shamelessly pinched, is that Phileas Fogg will not make his quest and thus lose his Reform Club bet. Indeed, he very nearly doesn’t, and all appears lost until he realizes he has […]

There are podcasts on everything else, why not a podcast about court tennis? If not a whole series, how about just one episode? The world tour of playing in almost all the courts and even helping to build some of them has been ongoing for several months now, but today it takes a new turn […]

I had a mentor called Bob Kutak who favored making predictions because they were thought provoking, and nobody remembered them. His mentoring took place before there were far out calendar reminders to send us back to look at our own. Last January, Frazer Rice and I did a podcast on predictions for the coming year. […]