Turn Actions into Joy

When the mid-career couple quit their jobs to open a cafe at the seashore that spring, they didn’t know superstorm Sandy would wreak havoc on their business and their new community in the fall. When my dad finally bought the “little place at the shore that you can sweep out in less than an hour,” […]

Practice Like You’re Already at Carnegie Hall

There is no clear path. Commit to what calls you. ~ Clive Gillinson Sounds a little, uh, life coach-y, doesn’t it? Can’t you just see it on Facebook, beautiful image, text linked to the site of a self-proclaimed self-help guru with that breathy, fake-yoga voice. Clive Gillinson’s nobody’s guru, but the Executive and Artistic Director […]

Looking Back & Looking Forward

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An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.  ~Bill Vaughan   I love that moment when the bells ring, the ball drops and everyone wishes both loved ones and strangers a Happy New Year. Clean slate. Blank page. All those […]

Catalysts, Seasons and Positive Change

Last time, I wrote about how the weeks between mid-August and early September feel a bit like New Years, no matter how long since your last back-to-school shopping excursion. This time, I’m going to show you how the change of seasons – especially from summer to fall – can become a catalyst that leads you […]

Positive Change: Change is Coming

Happy New Year It’s three weeks until Labor Day in the U.S., which can only mean one thing: it’s time to start getting ready for New Years. Not the Auld Lang Syne and fireworks and champagne toasts at midnight kind. I’m talking about the New Years that begins around the first of September. Maybe it […]

Feeling Stuck? Know What You Want to Bring Along to Get Moving

Sometimes getting clear about what you absolutely want to keep can help you let go of the things you need to release that will help you move forward. Imagine a burned-out teacher. He knows it’s time to retire, but the thought of filling out the paperwork to make it real leaves feeling overwhelmed. Once he […]

Subtle Transitions and Intentional Celebrations

I love summer. I love waiting to spy the first lightning bug every evening. Fresh local produce that makes healthy eating such a simple pleasure. The way a stifling August afternoon inspires guilt-free naps. And popsicles. Anticipation I love looking forward to summer, counting down the days until it feels like the living truly is […]

The Opportunity of Reinvention

Rearranging chairs at a rehearsal the other day made me think about a former colleague. He did the math when he retired and calculated that he had moved more than 250,000 chairs during his 42-year career. He didn’t work at a convention center or as the stage manager of an orchestra. He was an instrumental […]

Caterpillar Wisdom: A Postscript

I took a walk around my neighborhood when I needed a break from writing the caterpillar wisdom post. Betcha you can guess what I saw. Many caterpillars. Right in the middle of the sidewalk. I stopped to try to coax them back into the grass, so they wouldn’t get squished by the guy pushing the […]

Caterpillar Wisdom: Life Lessons of the Inch Worm


  As the caterpillar made its way up my forearm, I remembered the spring times of my childhood, when the fuzzy critters were everywhere. Then it hit me. A caterpillar?  Seriously? I’ve been in this meadow for an hour, and the animal that gets closest to me – the one that’s crawling up my arm […]