Why oh why do we take subject lines for granted?
Overlooked, underutilized… and yet so powerful!

Cutting corners does not come easy to me. Yet there are times where we could economize our efforts and still take care of business. This is especially true for those of us who tend to see the details… a lot. I notice the little things the way that young boy in The Sixth Sense sees […]

Hope on Heart Mountain
The greatest freedom can come from taking down the fences in our mind

Having recently returned from Munich where I visited Dachau, acts of our own inhumanity and how we choose to treat each other are front of mind and heart. It isn’t every day you find out you’ve been living on a side of history that makes you cringe. I spent my youth blissfully ignorant in a […]

Trouble with Goodbye
Time nor distance can heal as much as heart

I have trouble saying goodbye sometimes. A lot, actually. It doesn’t stop me from traveling, or from meeting people I know I may not see again for a long time. Or from inviting people to visit me, knowing they will leave. But goodbyes are still hard. There have been a lot of hellos lately, which […]

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 […]