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Hey Trump, we are all immigrants

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp besides the golden door! So read the timeless words … Continue reading

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The easiest thing to do

The easiest way to make some understand how valuable they are and the difference they make is by praising them. Not empty words, not loose compliments. Actual, specific, context-relevant praise that they will value. Ah, “that they will value.” Indeed. … Continue reading

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Bhava Yoga, then and now

Over the holidays, I went with my family up to Okemo, Vermont for four days of skiing. It was a little icy for the first few days, but we had a great trip. As an experiment in family travel management, … Continue reading

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Another Hero I’ve Never Met

I recently had a powerful conversation with a friend about humility and arrogance.  We talked about the danger and allure of arrogance, how blinding it is and how much it keeps us from seeing each other’s humanity. “Sometimes,” my friend … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a thank you note

We are all emailing and messaging each other a zillion times a day, yet people seem to be writing fewer thank you notes than ever.  In a professional setting, there’s no good reason not to write a short, substantive email* … Continue reading

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One moment

There’s a chance, in each passing interaction with someone, to say “thank you.” Not a “thank you for this thing you’ve just done” (gotten me a coffee, given me my ticket to board this flight) said automatically.  Rather, a chance … Continue reading

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Generosity Day – and now, the fun part

Earlier this year I found myself wondering: what should I do for Generosity Day this year?  Meaning “I” or “me.” In many ways, I asked the wrong question.  Of course I have an important role to play, but what I’ve … Continue reading

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