Uncle Louie

Uncle Louie

Today we celebrated my uncle Louie Schlifstein‘s 106th birthday. Louie is not a blood relative but my sisters and I grew up calling him “Uncle Louie.” Louie was an NYPD sergeant and he retired in 1962. My father, a 71 Precinct cop from 1943 to 1966, often had his...

Legacy

Legacy

What is our true legacy?   I love taking scenic photos. I’ve been lucky enough to get some nice shots over the years, but one of my favorite photos I've ever taken is one that has very little scenic value, but brings me to an analogy that is profound for me....

Where It Began

Where It Began

So this is where it all began, for me. I grew up in Old Mill Basin, 5306 Avenue L. I happen to be in the area yesterday so I decided to take this photo. It evoke a number of memories, of course. One I would like to share is when I was about six years old my father...

Perspective

Perspective

Hello everyone. I thought I would share some of a chat that we had with the server at dinner last night. A bubbly and upbeat person, she was very open to conversation, so much so that I wondered whether or not other people in the restaurant were waiting for their...

Believe in a child

Believe in a child

Years ago, a cop in the 77 Precinct, Crown Heights, caught a young boy doing something mischievous. The cop, Dave Watson, saw something in this young man. He made a decision to connect with him, rather than take enforcement action. Dave would become his mentor....

Interdependence

Interdependence

More than me?   Hey friends! Below is a concept I have been working on recently, thoughts on the mindset of “interdependence.” Life can be quite rewarding and inspiring when we are able to get that point, but of course it is not always easy. We are so often...

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Purposeful Moments

Purposeful Moments

Purposeful moments, purposeful life. Have a keen eye   Happy Saturday everyone! I would like to share something with you. Below is a text version of how I conclude all of my presentations. I hope some of you enjoy giving the concept some thought. Have a...

Timmy Roy Formula

Timmy Roy Formula

When I became the borough commander of Brooklyn South in May of 2000, I was excited to start the planning of my first Labor Day Parade. It was a huge event, with well over a million people attending and about 8,000 cops assigned throughout the day. I decided to...

American Dream

American Dream

The American Dream   So I would like to share a little more about how I came to become “brothers” with my dear friend Mr. Lam.  In about 1987 Jimmy Woods was a sergeant, training rookies in the 72nd Precinct, Sunset Park. One day Jimmy went up to the detective...

My Second Birthday

My Second Birthday

On January 8, 2018 - a day I call my “other birthday” - I retired from the NYPD after 37 years of service. My career was amazing, a true journey, emotionally and spiritually. I experienced the greatest honors, and inspirations and joy, as well as some of the...

Thank the Cows

Thank the Cows

(Photo taken by Liz, when she visited Ireland in 2012)         My daughter Liz loved her time in the University of Delaware. On campus they actually have an ice cream store that the students run, making the ice cream from the milk of the cows on the campus farm,...

Michael’s Homecoming

Michael’s Homecoming

by Joe Fox What was standard, was gone. No two memorial services were the same. Very few bodies had been recovered. Some families had memorial services only. Many families had wake services in funeral homes, but without a body. My sister and brother-in-law decided...

Lollipop Moments

Greetings everyone. Please see the video above. I probably saw it 1,000 times, and I hope to see it many more. I open every seminar I do with this. I believe it speaks not only to leadership, but to life. And leadership is about life. It’s not a magical place that...

My Foray Into Podcasting

My Foray Into Podcasting

Good morning everybody. My relatively new transition has and continues to open up so much in my life, and I thank each of you for that. In particular, I am enjoying experiencing podcasts. It is my pleasure to have come to know a true artist in the field, Mike...