15 Years Later: Smoke, Tears and Kindness

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15 Years Later: Smoke, Tears and Kindness

We all express our thoughts, emotions, hopes and fears in different ways. Some through spoken or written word, some through clay or paint, others through song, dance or, even, exercise. Sometimes we keep these expressions to ourselves, other times we give them life and open our hearts to those who would listen. When I feel, […]

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Smoke and Tears

Scratch the surface of any long-time New Yorker on 9-11, we all bleed smoke and tears. It took me a long time to be able to write anything about it. I lived in Hell’s Kitchen at the time. Ended up volunteering on The Pile shortly after, eyes and lungs searing with ash and fear. Few […]

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Why Specific Goals Matter Less than You Think

Today’s guest contributor is writer, coach, violinist, filmmaker, law school graduate, and web designer, Emilie Wapnick. Emilie works with multipotentialites to help them build lives and businesses around ALL of their interests and she’s the troublemaker behind Puttylike.com. +++ “I moved to Portland to find community, a home… To settle down,” I spoke softly. She looked […]

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How to Pick Up a Stranger (or Produce Brilliant Work)

Today’s guest contributor is writer, coach, violinist, filmmaker, law school graduate, and web designer, Emilie Wapnick, who works with multipotentialites to help them build lives and businesses around ALL their interests. She’s the author of Renaissance Business and the troublemaker behind Puttylike.com. +++ “How do you like your Macbook case?” I asked the attractive stranger at the neighbouring table. […]

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Annual Report 2011: Serve | Aspire | Transcend

Every December, I reflect upon what went right, what went wrong, what took me by surprise, what I can learn from these awakenings, and how I’ll change what I’m doing next year. I do this by writing an annual review. The process of spinning thoughts into logic and language is incredibly illuminating. It allows me […]

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Candy Smokes: Is This Cool With You?

I recently swung through NYC’s largest, hippest candy store with my wife and a small gaggle of 10 year old girls. It was wonderous (I started vibrating just from the sugar in the air, lol). Then we hit one section where we saw the display in the image you’re looking at. Which made me wonder… […]

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Deciding your Destiny: Taking the Right Road Over the Easy One

Today’s guest contributor is Farnoosh Brock. Farnoosh writes about smart habits for rich living with focus on smart communications, smart travel, smart living and smart entrepreneurship. She can be found at Prolific Living. +++ You do not learn your own true tolerance for risk and your real appetite for courage until you put them to test. I […]

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Good Pain. Bad Pain. How Do You Know?

Two years ago, I was trail-running and snapped a bone in my foot. I hobbled home and hauled myself over to the orthopedist. Well, okay, my wife actually hauled me over, I couldn’t stand. It was a clean break, which means the bone was completely separated and there was a risk that the pieces would […]

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Forget Your Elevator Speech and Say Hello

Today’s guest contributor, Anne Wayman, is a writing coach, ghostwriter and blogger at AboutFreelanceWriting.com and WhenGrandmotherSpeaks.com. She’s also a regular commenter and a super-cool member of our community here. ++++ You know the thinking behind the much touted elevator speech. You’re supposed to figure out how to sum up your business in an intriguing way so it can be said […]

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Nothing For Granted

I had an MRI the other morning. It was early. 7:30am. The only people in the waiting area were me and, sitting across, a mom in her forties and her son, a wiry kid with glasses who looked to be about 11. He was still in his pajamas, squished into the chair playing his Nintendo […]

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