April 15, 2020

Someday, when this strange, stressful time is just a memory, I’ll remember sitting at my computer in my home office, like I am right now. I’ll think about the faces of clients and colleagues and family members that I’ve been seeing every day on video chat.

All those fac...

March 17, 2020

My friend Trina’s workplace closed last Monday, and yesterday marked the start of her second week as a remote worker. She was doing okay, but beginning to feel scattered, unproductive, distracted, and guilty because she wasn’t spending her usual 9-to-five workday fully...

June 7, 2019

Saying you're sorry is not a sign of weakness. Instead, it shows strength of character--a quality you really need in the workplace.

September 19, 2018

It’s Yom Kippur, people. How’s your

Day of Atonement going?

Standing the test of time, with roots reaching back centuries, atoning for harms done continues to thrive in the modern world in religion and philosophy, the social and psychological sciences, law and medicine,...

June 30, 2018

I’m going through a George Harrison phase.

Lately I’ve been binge-reading books and watching movies about his life, his spirituality, and his music. George was always my favorite Beatle, but I never knew much about him that didn't come from teen magazines and bubblegum...

February 14, 2018

It happens every day, to all of us. We say or do something we regret. We feel remorse. We know we should face our mistakes and try to fix them if we can. In fact, there’s usually a do-over window, a period of time when we can go back and set things right. So often, out...

January 12, 2018

This week I lost my best client.


The client represents a fair share of my annual revenue, and for two years they’ve raved about my work. But after an organizational restructuring and a changing of the guard, I was told to “bill us for any outstanding work.” Don’t a...

December 14, 2017

I remember the first time I encountered a Palomino Blackwing pencil. I went stupid with love.

Someone had handed out pencils to members of my church choir for marking our music. I looked down at the slim, black pencil in my hand and was instantly smitten with its esthet...

November 17, 2017

If you’re going to write an epic poem, you have to begin with an invocation to the Muse.

Homer, the first known Muse petitioner, was great at this. Calling on these goddesses of creative inspiration to assist him in writing his best material, he ended up with The Iliad...

October 20, 2017

Fall always makes me want to give away crappy old artifacts that have outlived their usefulness. No, not stuff from my closet—from my vocabulary. So I’ve compiled a list of what I consider the most worn out phrases that should be put out for curbside pickup.



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