Robert C White & Co September 2019





Renting out a Refurbished Lease on Life RUNNING AT NIGHT AND AN AFRICAN PROVERB ‘If You Want to Go Far, Go Tog ther’

I HATE running!

local school (we all have elementary-age kids), youth sports, andmuchmore.

Well,“hate”is maybe a bit strong, but I very much dislike running. I was a soccer player in high school and some of college. During that time, I would run, but only because I needed to for soccer, not for any other reason.

There is always something to laugh about, and there is usually something serious too. While we aren’t integral parts of each other’s lives, we share our lives with each other, and it has created a tight bond. Like I said, we are doing it together. I recently heard about an African proverb that goes like this:“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

I have talked to some people who swear by it, but the whole“runner’s high”thing seems made up tome. If I run for a longer time, all I get is more tired.

When I was consulting and traveling a lot, I starting running pretty regularly more because of efficiency than any other reason. It really is a good workout, and you don’t needmuch besides sneakers. After Anne and I had David (No. 2), I started Robert C. White & Company, and the demands of work, family, and life pulledme into a really bad habit of hardly exercising. I would start up with running from time to time but would stop almost as soon as I started. Like I said,“very much dislike”is how I feel about it. It’s no surprise I couldn’t keep it up.

I guess I prefer going together. I amdefinitely a team sports guy, and now I am the leader of the group of people

playing the ultimate team sport: small business. And you knowwhat? I would put my teamup against anyone else, and I think there is a really good chance we would come out on top. Why am I so confident? Because I ampart of a team that is incredibly talented and focused on the most important thing—delivering for our clients. And we are focused on doing it together and getting better along the ride. Our company is going to be meeting this month to reflect on and refresh the core elements of our company: why we do the work we do, what are our company values, and where do we want to be in 10 years. I expect some interesting insights coming out of it, and I’m sure I will share in the future.

Amazingly, since January, I have run at least once a week, every week, with no breaks. It is probably the longest stretch of consistent running inmy entire life.

What changed?

I met some local dads who run at night, and I decided to join them. We meet on Mondays at 9 p.m. at the high school track and run about 5 miles. It is a perfect time for me. By then, all the kids are in bed, we have the dinner away and dishes done, and we have lunches packed for the next day. And while a couple of the guys are really serious (fast and perennially training for the next half or full marathon) it is low-key overall. Everyone challenges each other physically, but I think what we like most is the conversation. We take walking laps regularly to allow people to go at different speeds but still stay together and talk. The first week I ran, the temperature was sub-20 degrees, and still I knew I would be there every week. The reason is because these guys were doing it together. Yes, they were literally running together, but what I mean is they were going through life together. We talk about parenting, work, crazy in-laws, stuff that is happening at the

Until then, here’s to going far and going together,

P.S. I’m reading a great book call“Mindset.”It has a really interesting section that talks about the universally known story of the tortoise and the hare. It makes the point that while everyone understands the moral of the story, what people really want is to be the hare. They want to go fast, and they want to win. They just“know”they won’t lay down to take a nap before the end of the race. The problemwith that thinking is that in the real world, the finish line keeps moving.


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THE 4-LEGGED HEROES OF GROUND ZERO Honoring the Canines of 9/11

If you feel like you’ve hardly seen your kids since the school year started, you’re not alone. Americans are way too busy — from childhood onward, we’re always running hither and thither, packing in as many after-school activities, work-related meetings, and social engagements as possible. It’s a problem so pervasive that it has a name: time scarcity. Families feel time scarcity keenly after school starts in September, when children’s schedules explode with engagements. But all hope for close ties isn’t lost; there are ways to stay connected with your spouse and kids, even in an increasingly busy world. Here are some ideas from counselors, teachers, and psychologists who claim to have mastered the art. Rituals make up the backbone of individual families and society at large. Most people wouldn’t dream of abandoning their holiday traditions, so why forgo the smaller rituals that bring families together? Whether it’s eating dinner at the same table each evening, watching a movie together every Thursday night, or going on a monthly getaway, make sure these traditions aren’t canceled. If your family doesn’t have many rituals, a great way to connect is to start some. STAYING CONNECTED Keep Your Family Close in a Busy World REMEMBER YOUR RITUALS

In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, thousands of New Yorkers took to the streets to clear rubble, offer supplies, and search for survivors. It was a powerful act of resilience in a deeply trying time, and while most of the individuals helping with the disaster stood on two feet, more than 300 canines also answered the call to service. Dogs of all breeds and backgrounds, including search and rescue dogs, police dogs, service dogs, and therapy dogs, were brought in to help find and care for survivors in the wake of the destruction. They worked tirelessly alongside rescue crews as they searched through the debris. Search and rescue dogs and their handlers worked 12–16-hour days, searching for survivors and victims. They worked through dangerous conditions: Many dogs burned their paws as they dug through hot rubble, and both handlers and canines inhaled toxic dust. The task was both physically and mentally exhausting for the dogs during their shifts. Some dogs that found deceased victims refused to eat or interact with other animals. Search and rescue dogs became increasingly stressed and depressed the longer they searched without any results, mirroring their handlers. It wasn’t uncommon for handlers to stage mock “findings” of survivors to keep the dogs’ spirits up.

Fortunately, the sacrifices these dogs and their handlers made did not go unnoticed. Many dog owners were inspired to earn their search and

rescue certifications after the events of 9/11, promising to aid in future disasters and hopefully lessen the impact of such catastrophes.


As cliche as it sounds, when you don’t have much time together, it’s crucial to be present for every minute of it. If you have a rare half hour at home with one of your kids, make a point to spend it in the same room and try to start a conversation. If you squeeze in a romantic dinner with your spouse, turn off your phones before the food comes. Listening to each other without distractions will strengthen your relationship.

After 9/11, various researchers conducted many studies

examining the effect this kind of work has on animals, both physically and mentally. Many of these studies wouldn’t be possible without the AKC Canine Health Foundation, so if you’re


Physical contact is vital for closeness. When you get the chance, hug your kids, hold hands with your spouse, and do physical activities as a family, like hiking, biking, or even playing group sports. It’s been scientifically proven that physical closeness leads to emotional closeness, so if you’re low on time, take advantage of that shortcut!

looking to give back this September, visit them at their website to see how you can help: .

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STOP THE SPREAD Prevent Colds and the Flu With Kid-Friendly Teaching Tools

School is back in session, but your child may be bringing home more than just random facts. Germs and bacteria that spread the common cold and flu are most prevalent in schools, but while these illnesses are strong, prevention is simple. Teach your kids how to prevent the spread of bacteria this season with these helpful tips.

(According to research, sneezes can travel anywhere from 19–26 feet at 100 miles per hour!) For crafty kids, let them decorate tissue boxes or hand sanitizer containers


Kids learn more by watching what you do rather than listening to what you tell them to do. Get in the habit of covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, and then wash your hands. Make hand sanitizer and facial tissues readily available in your home and be sure to wash your hands before every meal. In addition, stick to healthy habits when you do feel sick. Drink fluids, get plenty of rest, and seek medical attention when it’s warranted. If your children see you taking care of yourself, they will be more likely to do the same for themselves in the future.

to give hygiene some flair. Soon

enough, you’ll find them being smarter about their health.

AHH ... AHH ... ACHOO!

As kids pack into classrooms this fall, germs will fly faster than this past summer did.

Hand washing and nose blowing are about as fun as …well, just that. It’s no wonder children don’t want to take time out of their busy play schedules to combat nasty germs. Instead of making these important steps a chore, make basic hygiene fun. Use fun songs to teach the proper way to cover a sneeze, or do a science experiment to teach your children about germs spread through just one sneeze.

Prevent the spread of the common cold and flu by learning more tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention online at



Inspired by Bon Appétit


6 oz pasta, ideally spaghetti or bucatini

3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, ideally Parmigiano-Reggiano

3 tbsp unsalted butter, cubed and divided

1/3 cup finely grated pecorino cheese

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Kosher salt, for pasta water and to taste


1. In a large pot, bring 3 quarts of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook, stopping 2 minutes short of desired doneness. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water. 2. In a large pan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add pepper and cook until toasted and aromatic, about 1 minute. Add reserved pasta water and bring to a simmer. 3. Transfer pasta and remaining butter to pan and reduce heat to low. Add Parmesan and cook until melted, tossing pasta throughout. Remove pan from heat and add pecorino, continuing to toss until cheese is melted and sauce coats pasta. 4. Transfer to bowls and serve.

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Running at Night and an African Proverb


Keep Your Family Close in a Busy World Honoring the Canines of 9/11


Teach Your Kids Flu Prevention Cacio e Pepe


The Vibrant Colors of America’s National Parks


Have you ever wanted to experience the colors of a Boston fall while enjoying the peace and tranquility of the great outdoors? Autumn

colors in full effect, take a drive to the top of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard, and watch the sun crest over the vibrant leaves. To fully experience fall in the Northeastern U.S., Acadia National Park is a must-see. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee and North Carolina Further south, the autumn colors of the Smoky Mountains are no less breathtaking than those in the Northeast. This park offers many scenic lookout points accessible by car, so don’t worry about hoofing it into the forest if that’s not your thing. Park wherever you like and watch the warm colors of ancient maples, oaks, and cedars change before your eyes. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming While the West might typically be associated with evergreen pines, the deciduous trees of the relatively small Grand Teton National Park pack a colorful punch starting around the third week of September. It’s also breeding season for elk in the area, and their high, eerie whistles can be heard in the evenings. Popular destinations in the park include the Christian Pond Loop and String Lake. Just because the weather is cooling down doesn’t mean you have to abandon your favorite national parks until next summer. The natural beauty of America can be experienced at any time of the year, so start planning your next autumn outdoor excursion!

leaves are a universally appreciated sign of the

changing seasons, and there’s no better place to see those vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds on display than in one of America’s national parks. So, if you’ve got some free time this autumn, here are some parks worth seeing.

Acadia National Park, Maine While the maple, birch, and poplar trees of Acadia begin to change color in September, mid-October is the best time to witness autumn in full swing. The park is crisscrossed with unpaved trails that date back to a time of horse-drawn carriages, preserving an idyllic setting. If you want to see the

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