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By Diane Ripstein

Learning From the Greats

by Diane Ripstein • August 8, 2018

In an era of how quickly you can do anything (“Now! 30 Minutes to Master fill-in-the-blank”), it’s helpful to step back and look at the Long View. We may live in an instantaneous culture, but real wisdom comes from experience. And lots of it. The Wisdom Years I spoke recently with Glenna Salsbury, a Grande Dame and [Read More…]

So You Think You Can Dance!

by Diane Ripstein • July 11, 2018

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!

by Diane Ripstein • June 20, 2018

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

by Diane Ripstein • May 9, 2018

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!

by Diane Ripstein • April 11, 2018

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

by Diane Ripstein • December 15, 2017

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!

by Diane Ripstein • December 15, 2016

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!

by Diane Ripstein • February 15, 2016

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!

by Diane Ripstein • December 15, 2015

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…]

It’s Storytime

by Diane Ripstein • December 15, 2014

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…]