By Diane Ripstein
So You Think You Can Dance!
It’s Officially Summertime which means I went to Dance Camp last week. For several years, I have bracketed the summer season with a Dance Camp at the beginning of July (Beantown) and another Dance Camp at the end of August (Swing Out New Hampshire). Hoo-wee! I call this fun. Joy, actually. But It’s Also Hard [Read More…]
Sir Paul Presents: Oh, What a Knight!
Sir Paul Presents: Oh, What a Knight! Fenway Park just announced their lineup of musical acts for this summer’s outdoor concert series, including Jimmy Buffett, Pearl Jam, Billy Joel and other stellar acts. No Disrespect But a couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of seeing Sir Paul McCartney at Fenway. Summer breezes, a [Read More…]
Take It Easy
Agghhh! I think it’s fair to say that none of us is at our best when we’re anxious, nervous or worried about outcomes. And yet, that is often the state we’re in prior to giving a presentation. The higher the stakes, the higher the anxiety quotient. Spinning Your Wheels You know that feeling when you’re [Read More…]
Hey April, You’re Back!
Hey April, You’re Back! It’s been a while since we last saw April. For a time there, it seemed like she wasn’t going to join us again this year, which felt a little discouraging. And then, just like that, she’s here, bringing the promise of Spring. Along with a snow flurry teaser, just for kicks. [Read More…]
As the Page Turns
Remember the Old Movie Clips where calendar pages flipped by in rapid succession, faster and faster, denoting the passage of time? It doesn’t matter how many digital devices I have, for me Time looks like a Big Calendar page. And you may have noticed that turning [Read More…]
Home and Heart!
Whoa, it’s been quite the year! Now it’s time to get cozy and put our feet up in front of the proverbial fire. Home is Where the Heart Is said Pliny the Elder, a 1st century Roman author, and his quote neatly wraps up my feelings about home. Today we’re a lot more mobile [Read More…]
Oh, Those Harvard Boys!
Sitting front and center watching Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatrical got me thinking about the importance of eye contact. The show is quite a tradition here in the Boston/Cambridge area, going strong now for 168 years. It’s No-Holds-Barred Burlesque: student-written [Read More…]
Let There Be Light!
With so much violence around us. Refugees fleeing from violence, gunmen visiting violence upon innocents in this country, and the growing violence in our political rhetoric. It Feels Dark. Of course it actually is dark, as we move towards the shortest day of the year [Read More…]
The end of the year brings the usual year-end lists of the top this and that. Here’s a One-Word List that caught my eye. It seems that “this year’s buzzword” (NY Times) with “irresistible power” (Harvard Business Review), and “the major business lesson of 2014” [Read More…]
The More Things Change…
One hundred and fifty years ago, the French journalist Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (they don’t make names like they used to) wrote: “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.” Loosely translated: “The more things change, the more they stay the same .” Or as my kids [Read More…]