Be Your Own Genie: Ask These 3 Questions Whether you were raised with Aladdin, the book, or Aladdin, the movie, you are likely familiar with the notion of a genie or a fairy or some such critter appearing… Read More
Hold Their Hand (Even if You) Say the Wrong Thing A few weeks ago, I posted this quote from Barbara Kingsolver: “The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one… Read More
What Compound Interest & Ayurveda Have in Common: An Ode to the Value of Little, Little You may remember that my last post spoke to the unsung benefits and beauty of consistency. In that vein, today’s post is an ode to the value of the (seemingly)… Read More
The Unsung Benefits—and Blessings—of Consistency Recently, I’ve been wondering when consistency (and its chums: reliability, dependability, and predictability) became a dirty word. And why spontaneity, surprise, and impulsivity are so prized. Now, I admit Consistency… Read More
Swap + Add: What Could You Give Birth To? Mid-January, I realized would be turning 60 in 9 months. “Hmmm….” I thought, “nine months. What if I took on a nine-month gestation project?” Because I know that new habits… Read More
Beware the Nocebo Effect This past weekend I was introduced to The Nocebo Effect, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. Like many of you, I was aware of the Placebo… Read More
Before You ‘Do’ Another Holiday, What Kind of Perfectionist Are You? (Messy, Classic, Procrastinating…) With one holiday behind us and many more looming, it can be easy to fall into the ‘doing’ of the holidays, rather than their celebration. (As a side note: The… Read More
“The Listener Completes the Song” (AKA “Paul Simon Explains Intention vs. Impact”) Last month I listened to Howard Stern interview Paul Simon. At one point Howard said to Paul, “This song is about your father, right?” “No,” Paul responded. After some back… Read More
Grandiosity vs Shame: What Happens When One Gets Swapped In for the Other? This past week I read a book titled, “Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity.” Let’s leave my thoughts on the book entirely to one side. The thrust of this… Read More
Say a Proper Goodbye to Summer: Abandon Presenteeism, Embrace Forgettery Years ago, I subscribed to Wordsmith.org and it’s hard to articulate the joy it has brought me. Despite having a strong grasp on vocabulary, I am continuously intrigued and informed… Read More