Posts on: December 2015

Yes, and…

0 comments / December 30, 2015

Improvisation–the comedic technique that fueled Second City and, therefore, Saturday Night Live, has become a hot new seminar topic. Forbes magazine called it “great business training.” A Twin Cities improv guy named Stevie Ray runs a school that offers training both for comics and for business people looking to take the “Next Step.” It’s notRead more

Why They Call It “Holistic Medicine”

0 comments / December 27, 2015

I’ve been having digestive problems, so my acupuncturist decided it was time to tackle the liver. It was, to put it mildly, the liveliest session I’ve ever experienced. The needles went in with a zing–good old Stomach 24 produced so much resistance that the acupuncturist yelped. Another needle caused a zig-zag of electricity from theRead more

If the Fates Allow

0 comments / December 25, 2015

One of the most treasured secular songs of the season is “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Its appeal, I think, lies in its melancholy. In its original setting in the film Meet Me in St. Louis, the Judy Garland character sang it to her younger sister, played by Margaret O’Brien, to assure her thatRead more

The Dark Stops Here

0 comments / December 21, 2015

The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper So the Shortest Day came and the year died And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world Came people singing, dancing, To drive the dark away. They lighted candles in the winter trees; They hung their homes with evergreen; They burned beseeching fires all night long To keepRead more

Better than I Want to Be

0 comments / December 17, 2015

Competence is important to me. Alex Lickerman says competence is a desire for power. I can see how that could be, but I don’t think that’s where my drive for competence comes from. According to an assessment by Jim Carr (which I highly recommend to anyone who can swing it), one of my primary motivatorsRead more

Ghosts of Christmas Lost

0 comments / December 11, 2015

It was raining hard yesterday in Minneapolis–on December 10. That’s unnerving, but I don’t think it’s why I was all teary as I drove off on my holiday errands. This has been a year of loss. Last spring I decided to leave a warm and comfortable community to the return to the big city. MyRead more

A Long and Winding Road

0 comments / December 7, 2015

According to the Huffington Post, “old age” was most commonly defined as age 80 in a survey of 2000 Britons. That’s a far cry from age 68, which a previous study (not that long ago) defined as “old age.” Chris Farrell, in his book on Unretirement, makes the point that 60 to 90 isn’t oneRead more

Radiation Nation

0 comments / December 4, 2015

Cancer is, for the person who has it, and for the caregiver, a wonder and an astonishment. It is one of life’s defining moments. It is uncharted territory. And yet…. According to the National Cancer Institute, almost 40 percent of us will have cancer at some point. That’s barely a minority of the population. It’sRead more