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

What’s Your Story?

November 4, 2020

The other day I found a brown suede shoe on a log.

I wondered about the owner of this well-worn, women’s shoe that was carefully balanced on the remains of a majestic tree. Why did she wear heels on a hike? Did she limp back to her car with only one shoe? Or, did she lose the shoe after changing into hiking boots halfway along the trail? Who placed that shoe on the log, hoping the owner would return to claim it?


Roll the Dice

October 23, 2020

Even a pandemic can’t crush my neighborhood’s Halloween spirit. Everywhere I look, my neighbors are emptying boxes of decorations and covering their lawns with ghoulish inflatables, gargantuan spiderwebs, posable skeletons and spooky animatronics.


Plan or Improvise?

October 7, 2020

Are you a planner or a “cross that bridge when you come to it” person? Like many of us, I have both tendencies. If I don’t have a plan in place, I worry. On the other hand, this communicator enjoys being spontaneous. I love a little wiggle room. My ENTP personality – based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® – has a reputation for challenging the status quo and uncovering the possibilities.


What’s Your Yellow Daisy?

September 16, 2020

Like clockwork, yellow daisies cover Georgia’s Arabia Mountain every fall. This vivid sight always inspires me. These cousins of sunflowers gather in sandy patches across granite outcrops in Georgia, Alabama, North and South Carolina. As I hiked the blooming landscape outside Atlanta last weekend, I wondered about my own yellow daisy, that experience that happens once a year.


Stronger Connections

September 1, 2020

Tree climbing is a lot like relationship building. Will you rise to the challenge with a plan to reach the first branch or make the new connection? Are you willing to overcome your fear of falling or rejection? How will you keep up your momentum?


Optimist or Pessimist?

August 19, 2020

Are you a glass-half-full or glass-half-empty kind of person? Whether you’re considered an optimist or a pessimist depends on if you expect more good things or bad things to happen. “There are plenty of people who are right smack dab in the middle, where they’re optimistic about some things, pessimistic about other things,” said William Chopik.


Rise Above the Noise

August 7, 2020

If you don’t grab the reader in the first two seconds, chances are they won’t continue to read. That’s sound advice by Steven Shepard, Ph.D., author of “Communicating: The Write Way,” and this week’s presenter in one of my favorite webinar series, Business Over Breakfast with Emory Executive Education.


Communications Walls

July 22, 2020

Do you knock down and replace the wall or patch the cracks? That’s a question I face as the owner of a charming 1927 Craftsman home. Organizations face a similar choice when deciding how to stay relevant and connected with their audiences in an ever-changing world. What do you need to do to address a breakdown in communications? Do you patch or overhaul your strategies?