5 minute read I have a morning ritual that keeps me in check. Once the kids are fed, and the coffee is poured, I sit down with the newspaper and flip directly to the obituaries. I skip right past the fear-inducing manipulation of the "if it bleeds, it leads" stories that infest our newsfeeds and … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Death, Baby. Let’s Talk About You and Me.
7 minute read Marie Kondo made me do it. I had just watched an episode of the hilarious Momsplaining with Kristen Bell that had Marie Kondo, the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, as the main guest. Days later I made a routine visit to the library with my kids, and that book … Continue reading How Listening to Marie Kondo and My 80-Year Old Self is Helping Me Lighten Up Once and For All
5 minute read When I was a kid, I called my dad "The Man Who Never Smiled." As you can imagine, this nickname thrilled him. I wish I could say it was one of those moments in childhood when fading memories and blurred dreams merge into one, and you're not sure what's real. But I … Continue reading How Facing Off With Our Past Can Help Our Present
5 minute read We all remember the wedding scene in Old School, right? Noooow you're smiling. Fantastic! The wedding singer brings such a hilarious intensity to an otherwise overplayed and overly dramatic ballad of "Total Eclipse of the Heart." He nails urgency and light-heartedness like a champ. The Dan Band takes it for the win. … Continue reading The Mother Phrase to End All Freakouts
3 minute read Right about now... the funk soul brother? No. Right about now is the time of year when if you're like a lot of people, your commitment to the resolution you made just weeks ago, is starting to wane. Maybe it's because you set yourself up for failure. Or maybe it's because … Continue reading Why Changing For Good Doesn’t Make You a Jerk
2 minute read I have a go-to process that I use whenever I am preparing for a talk of any size. I break it down into three steps: A.C.T. I don't believe in a one size fits all for public speaking preparation. Take from it what speaks to you and leave what doesn't. The acronym … Continue reading My Three-Step Process for Organizing a Talk