We explore a variety of topics and issues of the day. Tell us what you think.

Which Way?

June 12, 2024

How do you decide which path to take with your communications? As a communicator and hiker, I like to have options. Please don’t tell me there is only one way to go. On a recent hike in Costa Rica, I had choices. Pass through the tree, go around it, or turn back. I chose the second option since I didn’t want to encounter an eyelash viper. Think about your alternatives the next time you create a communications plan.


One Track

April 17, 2024

What a thrill to sit at a piano that Elvis Presley played. The King of Rock and Roll tickled these ivories to record more than 200 songs at RCA Studio B in Nashville. And some of his early hits were taped on a single track. That meant the recording session wasn’t over until everyone in the room performed perfectly at the same time. Talk about creativity, collaboration, commitment, and attention to detail.


Look Ahead

March 11, 2024

Since it’s Women’s History Month, this sign at an antique market – “Evaluation Center For Disturbed Women, Ward B” – hit a nerve. Yes, we women are “disturbed” about how we are treated at home, at work, and in the world at large. While much has changed for women since these signs adorned the walls of former mental wards, much has remained the same or worsened for those of us with two X chromosomes. If you think I’m mocking mental illness, I’m going to stop you right there.


The Pink Line

February 8, 2024

My lucky streak ended this week with a pink line on a COVID test. Now I belong to the club I painstakingly avoided since 2020. The good news is my husband has completely recovered from COVID symptoms and I’m starting to feel human again. Almost. I’m waiting to see what happens after taking my last dose of Paxlovid. Wish me luck. I have decided not to let one positive test result turn into a negative.


The Weight of It All

January 16, 2024

A friend recently joked about my obsession with kettlebell workouts. She wanted to know if I was preparing for battle. In a way, I guess I was. My fascination with this exercise regimen took hold at the start of the pandemic in 2020 after canceling a gym membership. Almost four years later, I’m still sweating at home to online workout videos. There’s something cathartic about swinging a cast-iron cannonball. You build muscle to cope with the weight of it all.


Under the Big Top

December 27, 2023

I never tire of the artistry, pageantry and originality of Cirque du Soleil. While this year’s Big Top was minutes from my home, it felt like worlds away. If only for a moment. Like the young girl sitting in front of me, I too opened my mouth in amazement as talented performers from around the world pushed the envelope again and again. Unfortunately, that otherworldly feeling was shattered during two outbursts by a woman in the row directly behind me.


The Pinnacles

November 30, 2023

I almost didn’t look back when I started my climb into a cave at Pinnacles National Park. Thank goodness I did. Otherwise, I would have missed the pinnacle peeking out between the boulders on this California mountain slope. What a sight to behold! It took my breath away. Before venturing into the unknown, consider looking back. Think about how you reached the pinnacles or most successful points in your career or life. What valuable lessons did you learn? What would you do differently?


Scary Sweet

October 31, 2023

What communications projects are haunting you? End-of-year reports? Media relations pitches? Difficult conversations with key audiences? Fundraising campaigns in a saturated market? Don’t keep pushing dreaded projects to the back burner. Remember, tackling the scariest things often can produce the sweetest results. As you prepare for trick-or-treaters tonight, imagine a few ways to take a vampire-like bite out of your toughest challenge tomorrow.