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Growing, Personally

Why Write? “…it is human nature to write”

August 5, 2016 0 Comments

So says Julia Cameron in her introduction to The Right to Write. We should write because it is human nature to write. Writing claims our world. It makes us directly and specifically our own. We should write because humans are spiritual beings and writing is a powerful form of prayer and mediation, connecting us both […]

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On…Continuing Education

August 4, 2016 0 Comments

“A mind is a terrible thing to waste”  So goes the very powerful fundraising campaign launched by United Negro College Fund in 1972. It’s one of the most enduring tag-lines Madison Avenue has brought the world. It endures because the sentiment is universal. Dust off the cobwebs, turn off the talking heads and find out what real […]

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Forgiving and Moving on…

August 12, 2015 0 Comments

Not. Not now. For some, perhaps not ever. How much energy, creativity or progress is lost to us personally, professionally or civically, because we don’t choose to address  this? Post conflict is complicated, human nature is not. This wisdom is over 2500 years old. Clearly, our limitations haven’t eased in nearly 3 millennia.   Ironic that I was […]

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The Irish Language

January 26, 2015 0 Comments

My relationship with the Irish language has evolved over the half dozen years I have been here. It’s doubtful I’ll learn to speak it, I’ve little facility with language, but what I’ve learned about it has certainly informed my understanding of the people of this island. Three people opened the door to that understanding. Carol […]

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Swords into Ploughshares…

January 25, 2015 0 Comments

They shall beat their swords into ploughshares… Isaiah 2:4 This New York City park sits just below my first apartment. I visited it often during the years I lived in Tudor City. The adolescent, protesting child of the Vietnam War era wondered whether those words would come to pass in my lifetime. Here in Northern Ireland, I believe […]

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Acting “As If”

January 23, 2015 0 Comments

I was delighted to read a recent blog post by “The Brazen Careerist” on “6 Ways to Build a Personal Brand and Get Hired for Your Dream Job”.  His advice in a nutshell: Act as if you have it right now- Think of yourself as a company Dress for the job you want Build an online […]

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Overcoming Objections

January 15, 2015 0 Comments

Starting with my own! January 1981, I remember the moment vividly. This was what I didn’t know I didn’t know! I’d relocated and needed work. I took a recruitment job “placing” accountants and then “selling” for a temporary placement agency. “Salesmanship” was a skill I lacked. Utterly. Today I understand it on a deeper and more nuanced level. […]

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Paying it Forward in the Digital Age

January 2, 2015 0 Comments

Never has it been easier! Resolve to be a “Digital Media Mensch“* in 2015. It costs little and you’re out there anyway. A great recipe for money management is saving 10% of what you earn. Some folks with a charitable mindset strive to contribute 10%. Seem steep? Give of yourself, give your time! Even just […]

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Happy Celebration of Light!

December 25, 2014 0 Comments

The solstice has passed, we’ve had our shortest day, and I look forward to longer daylight hours. Clearly our cultural and religious traditions support that desire. In a 2010 post “Happy Chanukah, Ireland”, I reflected on the tradition of remembering the re-dedication of the temple defiled by the Greeks. “The miracle celebrated is one of faith and […]

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Homecoming

October 7, 2014 0 Comments

Yesterday I returned home, from home. Contradiction?  Perhaps not. Ireland is my home now, then again, so are the places where my children live. Sometimes that is Philadelphia and it’s suburbs where they were reared, sometimes New Orleans where two now live. Home. It conjures images of holidays spent with family and friends, safe places, […]

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