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How to Avoid the Pendulum

Are you a swinger? As I mentioned in my last post, we are often prompted to react in unsavory ways when adversity, fear, or disappointment hits. Yes, cynicism is often the result after so many disappointments and so much disillusionment. But another human syndrome I’ve observed over the years is the pendulum swing. When a […]

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Why Cynicism is Enemy Number One

It happens to the best of us, and it is deadly. It has been said that half the battle is recognizing your enemies, and I have found mine — or at least one of my top three. Life can throw some serious curve balls at us. Even the most optimistic among us can end up bruised […]

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I’ve Changed My Mind

The origin of the English word “symposium” is a lot less academic than it sounds in modern usage. In ancient Greek it actually meant “drinking together,” and was generally done after a meal, as the Greeks normally didn’t drink with their meal. “Its enjoyment was heightened by intellectual or agreeable conversation (italics mine), by the introduction […]

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Looking Out for the Outsider

When I was five years old, my parents moved to Australia. As children started first grade at the age of five there, I was thrown right into the deep end. No kindergarten, no cultural orientation class…boom, I was in school. Of course, I had two things working in my favor: 1) I spoke English, albeit a […]

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Stepping Outside, Pt. 3 – How International Experience Will Improve Your Job Prospects

It’s undeniable. We are in a global age where business, education, technology, and entertainment happen on a global scale. Most employers agree on a certain number of advantages that spending time abroad will add to your resumé. According to mba.com, here are six reasons why international experience — whether study abroad, internships, or extended stays — […]

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One Man’s Legacy — to a Son and a City

Some of the most poignant reporting I’ve heard on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina comes from ESPN writer Wright Thompson, who has done a feature story for ESPN the Magazine on Katrina ten years later called “Beyond the Breach”. Thompson was interviewed by WBUR host Lynn Mullins on Here and Now, where he tells […]

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How to Foster Curiosity

I was talking to a friend the other day who is a coffee guru. The man knows his coffee. He also knows tea. And he also knows a lot about human nature. The conversation somehow came around to the subject of curiosity. As an educator, I am among the precious few whose students generally show […]

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Famous Last Words: “We’ve never done it that way before.”

A mentor of mine in my young adult years used to tell the story of a little girl who was watching her mother prepare a ham for roasting. She watched as her mother cut off both ends of the ham before placing it in the roasting pan. “Mommie, why do you cut off the ends […]

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