I never flew on airlines when I was a kid — family and friends were merely a long, merry, snack-filled, music-saturated car ride away. A motion sickness tablet and I was good to go — a few exciting, miserable day camp bus rides revealed that absolute necessity. All the way through college, I took road trips to get where… Continue reading The Kindness of Strangers on a Plane
View story at Medium.com Fear’s trusty whispers Suggest useless evasions Of work’s hard truths and joy I learned the lesson well: Focus on that one big thing that you want to accomplish. In one company that I worked for, there was a name for it: The Big Idea. All of us smart, eager, marketing types… Continue reading Counterbalance for Achievers
We tell our stories Through our own experience, Views, lies, truth tangled…. We do our best. In the remarkable Amanda Wakes Up by Alysin Camerota, cable television morning anchor Amanda Gallo lands the job of her dreams and wakes up to herself. Dressed, coiffed, and coached, Amanda is a terrific newswoman who learns to trust… Continue reading It Matters Who Tells the Story
Digits switch places Flip, reverse, spin, hide, and dance Caller barks, time drains… Summer, 2017 Let’s do something, we decided. Desultory ideas were offered. Dinner? A concert? Summer shines as cherished down time from challenging demands at school, work, and exacting logistical management of home and family schedules. We don’t often get together in the… Continue reading Untrustworthy Numbers
It was the 1980s. New York. Marketing department in a huge, powerful corporation. Our boss was a confused — and confusing person. She claimed credit for our best ideas, badmouthed us to senior management, and spent days behind closed doors doing who knows what until she would bolt out, rage at her nearest direct report (unfortunately usually… Continue reading Pigs Are Flying!
Rupture safe limits Tell a good bad break story When others inquire A librarian friend is wearing a large black medical boot to allow a torn tendon to heal. It’s a necessary, inconvenient evil during summer’s long, hot, humid days. She wants it off as soon as feasible. When I exclaimed over the boot… Continue reading Here’s How It Happened
It’s that time again Her laugh, his bad jokes, their love In another realm In the movie Back to the Future, your life line is constructed of the indiviudal choices you make, the decision points that determine what comes next, where you wake up years later. It’s a tidy movie concept, that somehow the choices… Continue reading Time Lines