Category Archives: authenticity

When is a shoebox more than a shoebox?

I have a fistful of postcards in search of a letterbox. Today we’re in San Francisco, heavy with rich coffee and notes to friends, and I’m searching for a blue repository for our Bay Area greetings. Our trip last month … Continue reading

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Green or Blue?

Digging into words can be tricky And not everyone agrees with the theories about how words mean, which can drive you crazy. The most basic, common-sense idea is that people who hear messages invoke their own sense of what they … Continue reading

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Tempting Eve

Unplugged and Critical We spent the weekend unplugged at a mindfulness workshop. That meant no cell phones and no computers at the Zen Monastery that’s tucked in the Oregon woods. No movies, no TV, no Netflix, no New York Times, … Continue reading

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Want loyalty? Get a dog

Imagine there’s been a shake-up at your job and you’ve inherited a new boss. Let’s say your job is one where you advise the boss on communication matters: everything from relationships with your consumer publics, to relationships with the mass … Continue reading

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When Honor Meets Disrespect

Cultural Mores & Travel I gasped when I spotted a bloke on the river boat in Thailand. His baggy sleeveless top–sometimes called a muscle shirt–revealed a black-inked Buddha covering the whole expanse of the left side of his front torso, … Continue reading

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Swimming in the Emerald Sea

Krabi, Thailand We wake about 6 a.m. just before the sun clears the horizon, and the sky begins to brighten.  We keep our silk drapes open so we can climb out of bed and sit on the deck when dawn … Continue reading

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How to be authentic

National American Heritage Month   November comes on the heels of several events that focus attention on North American Indians. That’s good news. And bad news. The good news is that the spotlight reminds us that critical, life-changing events impact … Continue reading

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