Forget Gold: Play for the Brass Ring
Saving face could mean losing ourselves

carousel with brass ring

Cajoling executives to play is hard work. Fear is a funny thing. It can make us do the strangest things and avoid what might actually be gifts. It also pairs dangerously with ego. They bring out the worst in each other. Lately we’ve been holding a number of trainings. At each, we bring people to […]

It Takes Mistakes to Make Things Happen
Perfection is just an illusion

As anyone who knows me will tell you, I pay attention to details and strive to get each “i” dotted and “t” crossed before something we do makes its debut. Because I am acutely aware of the details, I notice the emails that we send when they go out slightly differently than planned, the elements […]

Giving More Than You Bargained For
Sometimes digging deeper into our pockets yields a bigger treasure

Broken eyeglasses

I have been teaching classes of one kind or another for over 30 years. It’s been interesting to see the change in how you are seen as the teacher as you age. Nowadays, I’m seen as seasoned. A veteran. Even by class participants far older and wiser than I. Guess I’m too old to be […]

Slowing My Roll

It was a Thursday morning commute just like any other. The subway platform was brisk, as is expected in the middle of winter, and I was making my way up the west side to teach. A little peek Inside the mind of the multi-train route commuter: you’re always looking to line yourself up on the […]

Universal Protest
The desire for positive change is a common denominator

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. Indira Gandhi

I said I wouldn’t do it and now I’ve done it twice.  Consider this post’s mentioning current events another anomaly, rather than a new normal. Once upon a time very recently, I noticed how many of us today hold differing opinions, quite passionately, on important matters. As a woman who has never been a Girl […]

Thanks for the Light
This month’s events can leave us feeling shaky…and thanks to incredible people, we give and take heart

Lighthouse shining in the twilight

In the wake of a new year and all its possibilities getting shaken up by another shooter less than 24 hours after I write this, I want to dedicate this month’s Spotlight to those who see darkness and respond by bearing light. By the time you read this, more than a week will have passed […]

‘Tis the Season

‘Tis the season We’re told, for giving For giving, for thinking, of others For extending ourselves and brightening the world For acts of kindness and turning cheeks When we feel we are not treated with grace Why? Why wrack our brains to think of What might delight someone we love? Why deck the halls and […]

Put down the finger
It’s time to walk toward our new road together

There are a few things you won’t see here in this collection of observations and musings known as our Monthly Spotlight. You will not see sentences filled with words I wouldn’t say to my mother (actually, I think she uses more of those words than I do). I’ve come to believe that if you spend […]

Pay No Mind to the Cookies
Self consciousness takes a back seat to getting the job done

There are a number of things I enjoy in this world. Quality chocolate, tasty treats that don’t have a lot of yucky-for-you stuff in them, and a really good deal, to name a few. It seems like I hit the jackpot one day when I wandered into Whole Foods for a few items and saw […]

Involuntary Rescue
Sometimes all it takes to be a hero is being within reach

Dancing dolls

You know those days where there is so much on the docket and going on behind the scenes that all you feel like doing is keeping your head down and barreling through? Well, I was having one of those days. No one else could do what needed to be done on my silent list. In […]