How much time do we spend with our art, our life's work, or our families (and children, if we have them?) Crazy busy is a badge of success, right? That’s how our society sees it. The media reinforces the message of busyness = value: telling us to do more, be younger, thinner, smarter, sexier, happier and reinforcing our sense of failure. If we aren’t more we feel guilt and shame. What about time to write or paint or dance or sit? No wonder depression is epidemic.Read More
Can you tell I'm having difficult getting back to work? I love summer and want to hang on to every last drop. One of my best summer memories, along with fire flies and sparklers, is the tomato sandwiches my dad made. The rules of a tomato sandwich are as follows:Read More
While I've been traveling, the gingerbread people post about cultivating a professional speaking voice has gone out so many times I lost count. I did try to fix it, and cringed when it kept comin'. I finally went to my web guy, since this kind of technical issue is above my pay grade. He thought he had fixed it too. If you are reading this post it IS fixed, but I hope you will forgive the intrusion. I know how annoying it is and will do my best to make sure it never happens again.
Now for some updates:Read More
For my last post in the lovely month of June I want to share the "ah ha" I got from the Lion King, which Washington Post reviewer, Nelson Pressley, says is "as exuberant as ever...the show still disarms audiences with its opening parade of giraffes, gazelles and even an elephant as the theater fills with animal figures to the infectious strains of “Circle of Life.” As always, it takes only a minute for the audience to be struck withRead More
Q. I just graduated from college. I got great grades and won more than one academic award. I was a leader on campus and participated in Engineers Without Borders and the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon. I've worked every summer and have saved enough money to take this summer off to travel. My parents think I should get a job as soon as possible and don't understand I want time to de-compress. How can I get them to back off?Read More