Embrace the Hate: An Argument for Using Rage as Fuel This past week I was listening (as is often the case) to NPR where I heard Terry Gross interviewing John Kander, who, with the late Fred Ebb, wrote the songs… Read More
Pruning—It’s Not Just for Plants! How and Why to Prune People According to my gardening chums, when you see the first haze of yellow on your forsythia it’s time to prune. With this in mind, I spent a good portion of… Read More
The Importance (and Fun) of Being RISKsponsible I was speaking today with a friend who is thinking of moving from his townhouse in Philadelphia to a biodynamic “Earthship” in Taos, New Mexico. He mentioned that he had… Read More
Are You Sending Mixed Messages? This week’s “Wow” photo comes from a local Stop sign that—in context—makes perfect sense: it is located at the exit to a nearby garden center; hence, it’s green. Seeing it… Read More
If You Can’t Fix It, Feature It The first time I heard this phrase was at a cocktail party. Someone said, “Group picture– look this way!” The gentleman next to me said, “I do not like having… Read More
Life Hacks: Narrowed Down to 2 As anyone knows who has spent time on the Internet, there are countless articles devoted to life hacks: from the top 100 that will make your life easier to the … Read More
The Blame Boomerang: How to Send Blame Back Where It Belongs I recently had the pleasure of watching Brene Brown’s hilarious video, “Hi, I’m Brene and I’m a Blamer,” on YouTube. With close to 840,000 views, it’s clear Brown has struck… Read More
Put On Your Listening Ears (Or, “Emails that Make Me Insane”) As those of you who are Judge Judy fans know (and if you’re not yet one, I recommend you become one post haste—she’s hilarious and clear), plaintiffs and defendants alike… Read More
Second that Emotion: What to Do After You Get Pounced On Recently, a client had the experience of being lambasted by a colleague. His colleague was furious but the circumstances were fixed: my client couldn’t give him what he wanted. In… Read More
Look for Angels Wearing Overalls — Welcome 2016 As those of you who’ve been with me for some time know, each year begins by picking a theme. What is the theme for 2016? Look for angels wearing overalls.… Read More