Awareness. ACCEPTANCE. Action: A Strategy for Handling Criticism As those of you know who have done any 12 Step work, a certain amount of emphasis is placed on the 3 A’s: Awareness, Acceptance, Action. The aspect they speak… Read More
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
Don’t Think You Can’t Contribute to a Masterpiece I’ve been lucky enough to spend this past week in Rome, where a close friend arranged a private tour of the Vatican. Within the splendor of the Vatican museum, I… 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
“I Smell What You’re Stepping In” The other day I was yapping away to my husband, Keith, and he let me know he was listening—and empathizing— by saying, “I smell what you’re stepping in.” It made… Read More
Abandon Plan B: Ed Sheeran’s Formula for Success This past week I heard Ed Sheeran interviewed on the Howard Stern show. Regardless of what you may think of Mr. Sheeran’s music, I found one idea he mentioned regarding… Read More
Got Response? No? One Easy Way to Get the Response You Want These past few weeks I’ve been working with a client on his fundraising. One consistent change I have been making has been to the last line of his request letter.… 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
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
The Benefits of Post-Roast (Suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians, Too) I heard recently an interview between Fresh Air’s Terry Gross and Jeff Ross, “Roastmaster General” of Comedy Central. One of the questions Terry asked was, “Do people ever request a… Read More