Reflections

We learn through conversations. I share my perspectives and welcome responses from those who agree and disagree with me. This is what I am thinking about. What are you reflecting on?

Student Debt Bondage

Congratulations graduate. Here is your degree and debt. For the next ten to twenty years you’ll pay for a decision made in high school before you knew the average salary for your profession, credit card interest rates and apartment prices, for food, ...

Thanks for your Service

On Veterans Day people thank me for going to war. On Election Day I thank Republicans and Democrats at voting sites. I credit Donald Trump for getting me to thank those who administer our elections. Trump lies about stolen elections and falsely accuses our ...

Pilgrimage And War

Mary Magdalene crossed the Mediterranean to France as a refugee. She brought the Jesus story to Provence. Each year Catholics reenact her arrival on the beach at Sainte Maries de la Mer. Last month Lin and I spent two weeks visiting sites where she lived and ...
Transformation

Transformation

I am inspired by chrysalis, the process of caterpillars becoming butterflies. We witness disintegration, creation and invention. Transformation requires hope, vision, action and patience. I think of chrysalis as the auto workers strike for a seat at the table ...
Steal Second Base

Steal Second Base

Some adventure thrills us while too much risk terrifies. How do we balance our need for security with a hunger for adventure?  Our daughter gave me a gift with the words “You can’t steal second base while keeping one foot on first.”  The baseball analogy helps ...
The Sixties

The Sixties

I’m offended when comedians and rock stars say “If you remember the sixties, you really weren’t there” as if drugs defined the Vietnam generation. It’s personal for me and more. In 1960 I volunteered in JFK’s presidential campaign and spent the mid-sixties in ...
Set Course by The Stars

Set Course by The Stars

Excellent leadership requires as much self-consciousness as confidence. Omar Bradley’s advice to “set your course by the stars, not the lights of passing ships” reminds me  “True north is the internal compass that guides you successfully through life. It ...
Gandhi and the One-Eyed Giant

Gandhi and the One-Eyed Giant

Thomas Merton wrote “The white man, says Lauren Van Der Post came into Africa (and Asia and America for that matter) like a one-eyed giant, bringing with him the characteristic split and blindness which were at once his strength and torment and ruin… The ...
Facing Racism

Facing Racism

Growing up in a progressive white family I developed a commitment to social and economic justice yet missed the breadth and depth of my own caste privileges. As a New Yorker witnessing the Civil Rights Movement on television I believed segregation and racism ...

High School is Never Over

In this season of graduations and reunions I am reminded of a scene from the movie Jane Austin Book Club. A wife returns from her high school reunion still angry at a classmate who stole her adolescent boyfriend. The husband asks why she still cares. She ...
Forest Bathing

Forest Bathing

Walking into any woods I clear my mind, refresh my soul and emerge more focused. In Japan they call this forest bathing. I reflected on this concept while watching a new film, An Above Average Day, about two local men who’ve climbed 400 mountains. Ray O’Conor ...

About Ed

Ed Murphy Portrait

Ed Murphy has a long history as a leader in public policy, organized labor, economic and workforce development.

He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY.

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Ed’s Books

92 Newberry Ave: 100 Years of Murphys

92 Newberry Ave: 100 Years of Murphys

Vietnam: Our Father Daughter Journey

Vietnam: Our Father Daughter Journey

Working Stories

Working Stories

Becoming a Leader

Becoming a Leader

Creative Lives: An Anthology

Creative Lives: An Anthology