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September 23 , 2021 /

OPTION TO FLIGHT OR FIGHT

Years ago I developed a little scheme for helping people to deal with that I called, reactive emotions that usually got them nowhere, except mired in their own misery.  I offered another option. Imagine someone making a snide remark or remember the last time someone sad something to you that prompted an immediate, spontaneous “fight

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September 19 , 2021 /

AUTUMNAL EQUINOX 2021

The September equinox occurs the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator – from north to south. This happens either on September 22, 23, or 24 every year. This year it happens Wednesday, September 22, 2021, (1921 UTC) 3:21 P.M. EDT in the Northern Hemisphere. The

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September 15 , 2021 /

VITRIOL

Like many of you, I am weary of harsh rhetoric. I try to understand the sources, the motivation, the intentions.  The words and language which aim to discredit others, to refute evidence, to attack that which is genuine and credible reveal people who are either misinformed, misled, or sadly mistaken.  Some of the mistakes are

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September 9 , 2021 /

LIVING AMONG THE DYING

The stark and gross numbers of reported deaths from Covid19 and its variants in the U.S. are now around 653,000. (September 9, 2021). Those people were connected to a family, they had a name, celebrated birthdays and anniversaries and lived in a community where they were known by friends and neighbors.  Their deaths were a

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September 5 , 2021 /

HAWKS & DOVES REVISITED

A hawk was chasing a dove in our back yard and the dove flew into one of our big windows.  The dove fell to the ground stunned and the hawk sat on the garden wall watching the dove.  When we walked outside and saw this, having been alerted by the thud against the window, the

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September 3 , 2021 /

LABOR DAY 2021

There are hundreds of workers who have made our lives easier, better and more productive this past year and here are some of them by category.  I will thank a number of them personally this week and next for their good work.  I want them to know that their work is appreciated, that it makes

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August 22 , 2021 /

A DIFFERENT 12 STEP PROGRAM

“The nature of change itself seemed to have changed in recent years. It was becoming obvious: we need to think and act differently.”   Janet Ford & Rick Walters, “Managing Dynamic Change” Here are twelve lessons I learned in working with people designing and implementing change. These lessons apply to individuals, to teams and to organizations. 

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August 17 , 2021 /

BETTER SELVES

A number of exchanges in recent weeks have centered around the notion of our better selves, how we see ourselves and whether or not we are interested in evolving to a better version of who we are.  What I believe is the most important piece as that will determine why and how I choose to

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August 12 , 2021 /

SUDDENLY

On Wednesday, January 21, 2015,  Dr. Michael Davidson, a 44 year-old, outstanding, visionary surgeon in Boston, was shot and killed by a deranged man who was upset by his mother’s death.  As you might guess, he then turned the gun on himself.  I thought of the surgeon’s wife, pregnant with their fourth child and their

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