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Planting in Shared Soil

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Neuroscientist Uri Hasson researches the foundations of human communication. In a February 2016 Ted Talk–he explained the importance of common ground to effective communication. His research shows the ways in which our brains “couple” when understanding is achieved between a speaker and a listener. In my work as a speaker …

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Showing Up to the Dance

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Visiting another culture or returning home to a culture you thought you knew provides challenges. A woman who worked in Tokyo for five years will re-enter America a different person and find the land of her birth strange, less comfortable. Businesses spend a lot of resources sending executives on foreign …

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On Two Books

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This past week, I had the pleasure of reading Ali Smith’s How to Be Both and the challenge of reading Jon Krakauer’s Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town. In the first, creativity and the joy of uniqueness enjoy the stage under the poetic prose of Ali …

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A View from La Colina

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My bed and breakfast sat on the hillside a short walk from La Colina train station situated above Torremolinos near Malaga, Spain. Before the sun grew in strength over the dusty, rocky slope, I would strike out on a constitutional to think, to meditate, and to take in this luscious …

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A Travel Necessity

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“Do I need travel insurance?” “Actually, you need travel protection.” Travel protection offers you compensation for injuries, illness, and death which result in travel delays or cancellation. Protection plans can cover you for pre-existing conditions and for non-medical issues. One of my clients suffers from a medical condition which can …

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Colors of Travel

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Among the myriad of sensations awaiting you in the garden or while on vacation, perhaps the renewed experience of color and hue most effectively breaches our walls of the mundane. The western shoreline of the big island of Hawai’i  and the eastern rainforest express an astonishing array of pageantry shared …

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On loving the blank page

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The blank page once frightened me. You know, the one in your essay test book that you stared at after reading the prompt or the page on your computer screen waiting for your genius to appear before starting the blog. Even the little box on Twitter or Facebook that awaits …

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Not Really the Hobbit

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My son and I viewed the 3D version of the final Hobbit installment “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” The film offers a spectacle of special effects and amazing artistic skill. The acting has remained consistently good throughout the Hobbit series. However, as others have stated before me, …

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Thanksgiving Alchemy

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Landing at George W. Bush airport last week marked my second visit to Houston. The first occurred in 1976 with my parents. On that trip, we did not leave the airport–it was not Bush airport back then. In any event, I made the trek out of the airport this time …

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Partly Sunny

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The line of firs across the road droop with early morning frost. The neighbor’s rust and gold adorned Japanese maple glows in the dawn light. Yesterday’s dark, stormy demeanor recedes giving way to partial sun and chilly temperatures. At times, the weather conspires with my emotions. On sunny spring days, …

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Be One

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“Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be, be one.” Marcus Aurelius Cormac McCarthy wrote the brilliant story The Sunset Limited. HBO brought us an excellent production by the same name http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1510938/ starring Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones who also directed. The central conflict revolves …

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Remnants of Irrationality

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Reflections on incidents from my childhood in which I felt my father behaved irrationally blaze into my thoughts at times when my own “perfect day” plan goes awry or is interrupted by the unforeseen incident. My dad seemed to succumb to these behaviors while driving, looking for a parking space, …

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