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Honoring Ancestors

  My heritage—in addition to being a North American native–is English, French, Osage and Lakota. Turns out, I know more about my Indian ancestors than my English or French relatives. It’s not because my relatives kept good records: they didn’t. … Continue reading

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We called them “colors”

Strolling down the aisle When we were kids, our most trusted tool was the wax-crayon. We called them “colors.” We used them to draw on paper and concrete, and found them handy for playing doctor (crayons fit well in my … Continue reading

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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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