Tag Archives: Remember This

What I Remember on 9/11

September 11, 2016

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I always seem to be in New York in the middle of September and this year is no different, as I’m there next week. Still, it’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since the terrorist attacks. I wrote most of what’s below on 9/12/01, but first published this post in 2012.  It still reflects […]

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Ode to Elementary School

May 25, 2016

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Line up. Raise your hand when you want to speak. Avoid cafeteria corn dogs. Put your name on your paper. Sit as far back in the bus as possible. Criss-cross applesauce. Keep your hands to yourself. Recess keeps you sane. Field day is the best day of the year. Nine things elementary school teaches. Standard(ish) […]

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What to do when you don’t know where to focus

May 18, 2016

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“Focusing is about saying ‘No.’” Steve Jobs For the past couple of years I’ve been inundated with ideas.  When you’re starting a new business, this probably comes with the territory. However, recently I’m convinced that having an idea shouldn’t be enough to get my attention. Many ideas are too cheap, too distracting to warrant my […]

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Working Smarter

May 9, 2016

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“You have more than three tabs open!” Josh Phenix, 11 There’s an art exhibit in New York, underwritten by the Public Art Fund called How to Work Better.  The ten steps are painted on the side of a building in lower Manhattan (Houston & Mott St) as a reminder to all who pass to stick […]

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Three Under-appreciated Marriage Habits

April 28, 2016

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“A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.” Andre Maurios Have you ever had anyone help you with your marriage? When Billy and I were first married (almost 19 years ago!), we joined a small group who gave us practical tips on how to go beyond surviving and actually thrive in […]

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Don’t judge other people’s parenting skills

March 30, 2016

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A few years ago when our family was traveling, I got an unforgettable parenting lesson. Team Phenix was sharing a single hotel room often overlapping in the bathroom.  I was drying my hair with my head upside down when my son walked in to pee. I barely noticed him, but he asked me a question, […]

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Forget Identity Crisis

March 15, 2016

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“To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time.” Leonard Bernstein I’m so excited for you to check out this TED talk because Meg Jay has some real gems in store for you. I particularly love her idea of ignoring any said “identity crisis” and instead shifting your focus […]

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3 Reasons Why You Should Never Say You’re Busy

March 3, 2016

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When I was in business school years ago, I had a friend, Mike, who was a newspaper reporter.  This was before there was a 24-hour news cycle and people bought printed papers.  That meant Mike had to hit an afternoon story deadline in order to get published in the morning paper. Mike would spend his […]

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10 Ways to have a better conversation

February 25, 2016

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“A good conversation is like a miniskirt; short enough to retain interest, but long enough to cover the subject.” Celeste Headlee I can’t get enough of this TED talk. Everything journalist Celeste Headlee has to say about having better conversations is amazing – and convicting. She touches on the need for better conversations; aren’t we […]

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Happiness as an attitude

February 8, 2016

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“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.” Francesca Riegler On a Monday, post football season, in the dead of winter, it’s easy to get the blues. Don’t do it. Make an effort to choose an attitude of happiness. If you don’t know […]

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