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My Bell Broke and Sparked This Post

Yesterday I mentioned the 7pm sound salute to hospital workers in NYC that I participated in, until the clapper in my Tibetan bell fell off and it was silenced. If this was a different time, you may not have heard that story. But since these are such different times,...

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Laurie Klein Made My Day

"It's our job as creatives to put good stuff back into the world," Laurie Klein, my friend and creative guru, declared during our virtual zoom dinner this evening. Although we hadn't spoken in a few years, I received an invitation to and attended Laurie's "virtual...

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A Small Good Thing Courtesy of Katie Settel

Raymond Carver's short story, A Small Good Thing, has given special meaning to that phrase. In his narrative, a tragedy occurs for a young family. But, in the midst of their sadness, a moment of caring soothes their spirits. During this quarantine, many small good...

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The Wild West of My Apartment

For most of my career, as I've given advice to the self-employed, I've urged delegating, particularly in the arena of the home. Let go of laundry, cleaning and other jobs someone else can perform at a lower wage. That way you can put your best talents toward the...

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Keeping Calm; Carrying On

Today (written on Sunday, March 22) is Day 7 in my count of sheltering-in-place. You may have gotten a head start on me as I didn't begin until last Sunday night. But I'm following the rules, going out for occasional groceries and attending a socially-distanced picnic...

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Positive in Attitude Only

The only thing that didn't get canceled recently was a Penny Rug class I'd signed up for months ago at the Guilford Arts Center in rural Connecticut. My good friend, Liz Alpert Fay, was instructing, and I'd easily convinced two other close friends to join...

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Marie Beattie – A New Kind of Client Need

Marie has counted days in her new role since its inception. Today is Day 3437 in a job she did not apply for, wishes had never been assigned, but one at which she excels beyond any human's expectations. Since Saturday, October 2, 2010, Marie has served as the...

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What 3 Things Do You Want?

There's a heart-warming and affirming documentary on Netflix called Harold and Lillian that will inspire movie fans as well as creatives who love what they do. Its subtitle, A Hollywood Love Story, tells you about the unusual marriage of two major contributors to the...

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Very Gail – Another Extraordinary Entrepreneur

When I received this beautifully calligraphed envelope early in the New Year, I knew exactly who it was from. Gail Brill has been a friend since the early 2000's, but we haven't been in close touch since she moved to Saranac Lake in 2003. It took receiving her...

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