If you didn’t work online before Covid-19, you do now. Your writing should be targeted for those online audiences. Because so many of us scroll through websites, we tend to think people read faster online. But we actually read about 25% slower when we’re looking at a screen. We’re also more likely to skim rather […]

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Color your way to sanity!

One of my favorite aspirational brands is Bludot. They make modern furniture that sometimes has a mid-century feel. It is generally out of my budget, although I do own one of their coat racks. (Hey, big spender!) Point being, I haven’t furnished my space in their work, but I like to look. Recently, they released […]

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Three Mantras that are Helping me Right Now

I find myself turning to mantras to get me through these difficult days. There is something soothing about the repetition and simple wisdom of the words. The first one is from a yoga class I took a couple of months ago. My instructor told us “Trust your equipment.” She meant the phrase in a physical […]

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Finding work in a changing world

“Become a trusted resource to people. … I don’t think you can do wrong when your intent is being of service to others right now,” Don Young, Overture member. Overture members recently gathered with creatives from around the world to talk about ways to find work in this shifting economy. Here is a clip from […]

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Donut madness

This is a story of one day in my abusive relationship. It’s not about a particularly bad day. Nothing especially traumatic happened. But even now, years since I’ve left that relationship, this day plays over in my mind a lot. Why? I’m not entirely sure. One possible reason is that this incident is a good […]

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Daisy Cares

The weight loss clinic By Jessica Knapp. “Good morning Robert. Thanks for coming in.” “Hi Daisy.” “Here, let me help you with your shoes.” Of all of the difficult conversations in healthcare, talking about weight is one of the most difficult. Weight is so stigmatized. We all like to sit in denial when we’ve put […]

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Real Rage. Retail Rage.

“We’re sorry to inform you that your package is delayed.” “What do you mean? Late? It’s Christmas! You promised!” “Your package will arrive in time for Christmas.” “No! No, no, no! It has to be here when you said. I paid extra! It’s Christmas! I’m traveling! I have plans! It’s family time!” “We’re sorry.  Unfortunately we […]

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Why I Felt Pressure to Say My Surgery Was a Success

In 2010 I had what doctors call “minor” brain surgery. I maintain there is nothing minor about cutting into my head, slicing apart my skull bone, and messing around with the most essential parts of my insides, but the medical community is a bit more cavalier about my procedure. Technical definitions aside, it was a […]

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Big Family Dinner Day

My Nephew Is Teaching Me to Have Difficult Conversations Or why this Thanksgiving I’ll be celebrating Big Family Dinner Day My six-year-old nephew doesn’t want to celebrate Thanksgiving. He’s happy to gather with family and gorge himself on turkey. What upsets him is the meaning behind the holiday itself. And so, bold personality that he […]

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What Unites Us?

People cooperate. People have a belief in abstract concepts … and that means we have a belief in story. As creative thinkers, we are interested in taking advantage of the inherent traits that are shared by all humans. It’s human to share. In our careers as creatives, we’ve all spent too much time working on […]

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