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The Fear Factor: Finding stability when it all goes shaky

Although the world is full of pain, it is also full of overcoming it. (Helen Keller) And then… So this has been a fun week… Regardless of where one’s politics land, the Capitol building being breached, two people killed and four others dead is just not comforting.  A President declining to commit to a peaceful […]

Toes in the creek: “Willowing up” in a climate of constant change

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.”  (Loren Eiseley) Maryland I grew up in semi-urban neighborhoods inside the DC Beltway. One of the things that I appreciate most about Maryland is that nearly anywhere you go, even in urban spaces, there is water. We have creeks, rivers, the Chesapeake Bay, […]

Ask v. Guess: Managing expectations (especially around the holidays!)

“People can’t hear what you don’t say. Thinking isn’t communicating.” (Frank Sonnenberg) Asking and guessing My 23-year-old daughter explained the concept of “Ask v. Guess Culture” to me the other day. Apparently it’s been “a thing” for a while, but I missed it. The idea is that some people come from “Ask Cultures,” meaning that […]