By Diane Ripstein
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…]
At the Still Point of the Turning World…
“At the still point of the turning world…” is the first line of a poem by T.S. Elliot (Four Quartets) and it’s in my head as we race towards the winter solstice. Just When There is Less and Less Light there seem to be more and more “to-do’s.” Can we all agree that this is [Read More…]
Broken Sound Parkway
For the past several months, I have been working with a client 1500 miles away. As I drive daily from the hotel where I’m staying to the corporation where I’m consulting, I pass through an intersection called, I am not kidding you, Broken Sound Parkway. Broken Sound? [Read More…]
Are You Singing Your Song?
Singing is good for the soul and good for your communications. Even if you think you can’t carry a tune, warming up before a talk by singing and humming will relax your vocal cords, loosen your throat and make any presentation sound better. Surrounded by holiday [Read More…]
The Light in the Darkness
It’s dark out there, so keep spreading the light. As we head towards the Winter Solstice next week, the shortest day of the year, I’m remembering cold winter mornings as a kid growing up in Montréal. “In winter I get up at night, and dress by yellow candle-light.” [Read More…]