For anyone who has anything to do with corporate meetings…

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Set. Point.

September 6, 2011
change

Our bodies are brilliant. They provide us with built in mechanisms to protect us. We sweat to cool off when we’re hot. We shiver to warm up when we’re cold. We go into numbing shock when we encounter serious pain. When we have no food, our metabolisms slow down to maximize our stores. New experiences [...]

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Warming ‘em up for the big day

August 16, 2011
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Olympians train for four years (and a lifetime) to prepare for their event at the Games. Sometimes that event only lasts 30 seconds. But even when it lasts a couple of hours, the contrast between the lead up time and the actual playing time is enormous. I imagine that both the athletes that give the [...]

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Keep it in the jar

July 15, 2011
wrong tool

A friend of mine was telling me about her chicken soup. Or rather, the process of making it. It’s long and involved, and includes things like soaking the chicken in cold water with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar for one hour before cooking it for 24. She cooks the soup in a monstrous stainless [...]

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One team, one fight

July 5, 2011
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I have a brother-in-law that went to West Point and two nieces that attend Annapolis. It’s a family affair. It’s Army vs. Navy. And it’s one of the oldest rivalries in the U.S. It’s a fierce rivalry—something you would know if you’ve ever attended or tuned into the Army/Navy football game. Passions and voices run [...]

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Why listening is the new life raft

June 28, 2011
lifesaver

During my sophomore year, I played the lead in our high school rendition of Chicago. For those of you who don’t know the show, Billy Flynn’s an arrogant defense lawyer who specializes in getting convicted women out of jail. His character has several scenes with copious amounts of dialogue—like the one that took place in [...]

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Finally, a purpose for the ‘new guy’

June 21, 2011
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I went on an incredible trip with my dad to New Orleans this year. It was just the two of us for the weekend. And in between our inhalations of the incredible food, architecture, music and history…we had plenty of time to talk. And I found it so interesting that while I assume I know [...]

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How to be unforgettable

June 14, 2011
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Every September, I get a call from my wood guy. He contacts me just this one time each year to set up the delivery for my winter cords just before the air turns cold and always before my mind has even begun to move out of summer and into fall. (baseball artist – alternate) And [...]

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Thousands of attempts

June 7, 2011
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Thomas Edison made thousands of attempts before the light bulb actually worked. And it was great when it worked. And I’ve never heard anyone bemoan the thousands of failures. They were, dare I say, worth it to get to the end result. There’s this video that I love. And by love I mean, I might [...]

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Page 57 just isn’t enough

May 13, 2011
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What if I asked you for your opinion and edits on my just-written 400 page novel…and then handed you page 57…and said ‘go’… Of course, you could read that one page. And you could offer that the chapter name is a bit odd. You might suggest that the ‘Bill’ character speak more sweetly to ‘Anne’. [...]

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Be the spray nozzle

May 6, 2011
hose

I am in awe of my yard tools. (Contrary to popular belief, I do not go so far as to sleep in my jacket and tie.) The awe: it’s something about the fact that we, as a species, continue to look at our tasks—such as yard work—and, not only imagine how they could be easier, [...]

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