New Year’s Revolution

Each January, I review and renew my list of self-improvement practices. I recommit to exercising my body and vocal cords, so I can be comfortable on stage as a singer - obviously these habits provide beneficial side effects every day, not just in performance situations. "Be in the moment" has been my mantra for years … Continue reading New Year’s Revolution


The Scent of Memories

"Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel." ~Oliver Wendell Holmes An article in the Boston Sunday Globe discussed the theory that "smells are very much tied to memories, yet scents are overlooked as we record history." I don't recall much detail of … Continue reading The Scent of Memories

A Great Start

Perhaps you've been here? Business travel took us a two-hour plane ride from home. Comfortable in the knowledge that our reserved rental car would be ready for the two-hour drive to our first meeting, we stepped up to the Hertz service desk: "Good morning, we have a reservation." The pleasant customer service person replied "I'm … Continue reading A Great Start

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with … Continue reading Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

Autumn is Lovely But….

It happens every year. Summer comes to a close, the evening air is cooler, vacation time is over, the neighbor children appear at the bus stop at 8:15 a.m. each weekday. It makes me sad. Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful for each breath I take and love my life most days, but I mourn … Continue reading Autumn is Lovely But….

That Nice Kirby Sales Rep

We had a Saturday afternoon free. Relatively free, anyway - just errands to be done and tying up loose ends before heading out to dinner and a show with friends. During a cold call from the Kirby Vacuum cleaner people that morning, we decided to let them come by and show us the vacuum/carpet shampooer … Continue reading That Nice Kirby Sales Rep

Earn the Right to Ask

In relationships, whether business or personal, you must earn the right to ask the difficult questions or make the requests that seem impossible to fulfill. It's all about trust and it requires time and effort. Totally worth it, though, don't you think? Photo by Matt Spitz