The Four Times I’ve Seen Notre Dame* or How Tragedy Can Create Community

*with apologies to Dave Chappelle On April 15, we watched Notre Dame of Paris burn. As the flames spread, we all prayed the structural integrity of the building would hold and contemplated the very possible loss of the finest example of Gothic architecture in existence. We watched as the spire crumbled and cried. And then... Continue Reading →

Owning Your Own Social Media

Maybe it was just January's resolution season, but it seems like I heard a lot of "I'm quitting Facebook" or "I'm done with Twitter" in the past month. When I asked why, people had some good reasons, FaceBook's privacy and data collection issues among them. But other I found less credible: "I am just so tired of seeing all of the political stuff" or "The people I want to hear from least are the ones I see most." And my favorite "I like it seeing posts from my friends, but whenever I look at my feed, it's all just so nasty and negative."

My 2018 Game Changers

OK, OK, I swear, this is the last round-up post from 2018.  However, it's been my tradition to share a few things that were real game changers for me in the past year.  No surprise they often involve food and drink, and yes, I realize I'm late to the party on many of them. Forgive... Continue Reading →

Paying for the Magic

Recently, a friend was complaining about an upcoming business trip.  Between meetings, and presentations, manning a trade show booth, and group dinners, she was already exhausted.  It didn't sound like her company gave staff much room for variation on a set schedule. I suggested my favorite recipe for self-care on a business trip especially when... Continue Reading →

New Orleans — Magic and Music

"If you walk a city, if you love a city, if you put in your miles and years with open heart and mind, the city will reveal itself to you."  Rebecca Solnit It was everywhere.  Honestly, I'm not sure I've ever been to a city where music is more woven into its very fabric.  From... Continue Reading →

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