Listen, I Need You To Hear Me

In my last blog post, I addressed love in the workplace. If you didn’t read that post, you are probably thinking it had to do with romantic relationships at work. It didn’t. Rather, the post addressed how validating people would cure the epidemic of loneliness that is pervasive in our society and at work. In…

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Cure For An Epidemic

I am coming at this month’s blog post from my position as a human resources professional. No, I don’t play one on TV (even though I record videos for my employees on YouTube); I am one. As you are aware, we are in the middle of a pandemic caused by a virus. We are also,…

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Don’t Social Distance, Just Stay Apart

As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread in this worldwide pandemic, good manners, good hygiene, good science, and good sense demand that we keep our distance from each other—our physical distance. We are now living in a world apart from each other—or should be. But we don’t have to be isolated. Isolation and loneliness are…

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How Do You Look?

In quantum physics there is a theory known as the observer effect. In short, the idea is that by simply observing something, in this case a subatomic particle, you change the thing being observed. From a physics perspective, this might be troubling. How can one be sure one is observing the “real” nature of a phenomenon…

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Different Directions

When you do things differently than everyone else does, that make you an outlier? An oddity? A rebel? What about a problem solver? The answer to these questions depends a great deal on why you are being different. I have been pondering the value of being different. Many of our current environmental problems—a warming climate,…

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Conservation HeRo

I am the Director of Human Resources at an AZA accredited zoo, which is for several reasons, one of the best jobs on earth. First, I work at a zoo. Really, if you don’t get that, then just move on. Another reason it’s one of the best jobs, you can be a hero and save the…

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Disney Dollars

Have you noticed? Disney has a lot of money. They can thank my family and me for some of it. Every time they build a new theme park, roll out a new attraction, make a movie (okay forget Star Wars), or launch a cruise ship, it’s impressive. They really know how to do it “right.” When it comes to entertainment, they have not…

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Real People, Not Actors

My acting instructor, Julie-Anne Liechty says, “Acting is being real in pretend situations. Anything else looks like acting.” To paraphrase the Chevrolet commercials, however, most of us are real people, not actors. (Although I have met some pretty real people who are actors and some “real” people who are anything but.) Even if you never…

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Acting On It

Acting classes—should you be taking them? I am. Just so you know, this isn’t something I have done a great deal of—acting or acting classes or film or theater. I am not counting the facades, personas and personalities I may or may not have affected throughout my life. I am also not counting times I…

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Now Listening To Station WII-FM

I was contemplating myself the other day, my favorite subject, I am sorry to say. Go ahead and admit it, you do the same—contemplate yourself. You are just as infatuated and preoccupied with your own life as I am with mine—we all are. We are, after all, such interesting people. We all listen to station…

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