Truth and Dare

I’ve never played the game “Truth or Dare”, and it’s not something I’d ever want to do. I’ve heard too many horror stories of young people (and, sometimes not-so-young people) divulging information that should have been theirs alone, or performing a “dare” that was dangerous, humiliating or out of their comfort zone. (It’s sad what […]

Taking the Scaffolding Down

When I teach classes on organization, I start with a dozen goals.  Next, we discuss the reasons we get to a place where we’re overwhelmed with “stuff”. If we don’t know why we’re in a situation, it’s tough to change our behavior, and we’re likely to end up back where we started. Once people have an “aha” moment in class it’s […]

In Pursuit of Being Real

Margery Williams’ famous story “The Velveteen Rabbit” is about a stuffed animal- a velveteen rabbit- who was a gift to a little boy one Christmas. It tells the story of how the rabbit wasn’t always the favorite; in the beginning he was often cast aside in favor of more expensive toys. The Skin Horse, an […]

Hearts & Flowers & Valentine’s Day

It’s widely held that St. Valentine’s Day honors a priest named (you guessed it) Valentine who lived in Rome in the third century. According to one account, he was killed for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. Another story relates that the imprisoned Saint Valentine sent a letter to a young woman he […]