I’m catching up on Mad Men, AMC’s period piece about advertising executives in the 1960s. As I round the midpoint of season 5, I can’t help but notice that somehow, despite Don Draper’s brilliance as an advertiser, Sterling Cooper Draper Price is perpetually struggling to find clients. Is this some sort of leap of faith the writers, who are otherwise so diligent, have added for dramatic effect? Are we really supposed to believe that they can sell baked beans, but never their own services?
Last month, as part of the Shapiro Family fellowship, I spent a day learning about goat herding. Goats were first domesticated over 10,000 years ago in either Turkey or Iran, making them one of the oldest domesticated animals in the world. They’ve been found in the foothills outside Jerusalem, where our group learned about herding, … Read more