Entries by Terri

You know what we need? A little Octopus Time

I’ve had aquatic life on the brain lately. Don’t ask. Everything’s weird.  But you know what we could all use a little of? Octopus Time. A little OT.  This is how Sy Montgomery describes the way her experience of time changed while she had her hands in the tank of a giant Pacific octopus named […]

Not good at picture taking (and lots of other things)

I know. I’m touching my face! This was back in January, before doing so became verboten. Please know that no one got hurt during this photo shoot. (My photographer DID very nearly pass out–but only because he didn’t eat lunch. I TOLD him he should eat. He doesn’t listen.) I feel really awkward having my […]

Why Cuomo is a rock star right now

Howard Stern interviewed Gov. Cuomo recently. He asked him what he makes of all the fuss over him right now.  “Are you shocked by all this unbelievable outpouring of love for you? Are you just blown away by this? You’re on the cover of Rolling Stone. You’re the sexiest man in America.” Cuomo’s response:   “I […]

What will you master next? What Dr. Shelley James asked me

COVID, and the way we talk about it (all of it) has become a kind of Rorschach test. Ask someone what they think of it, and you learn something about them.  Some say it’s a relief, a blessing, a balm. A much-needed reset button. A wake-up call. A reminder of why they’ve made certain choices—or, […]

Unlock Your Creative Genius

“What inspires you?”  Ugh. This question. My problem with it? It assumes we need to be inspired to do a thing. Or worse, that we should feel inspired right now! I’m not.  Having free time can be incredibly inspiring—at first. “Oh my! Now I can do anything. I can do EVERYTHING!” Yeah, that thrill peaked two weeks ago.  And while some […]

Surrender doesn’t mean what you think it does

As a rule, I’m a woefully impatient person. Put me behind someone on their first day of TSA precheck, and I will very possibly lose my cool. Someone blocking the exit at 42nd St. on the 2 train? Jesus, take the wheel.  And yet.  I’m built for quarantine. I just am.  I get that not […]

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FYI, we’re now in outer space

At a business conference in Orlando a few years ago, we were given after-hours access to Epcot’s mission:Space ride. I squeezed into a space vessel the size of a bathroom stall alongside three women whom I’d just invited to connect on LinkedIn. Inside was a 3-D monitor, a control panel of blinking lights, and a set of […]

Why people want to “do some writing”—right now

The other night, as we all hunkered down in our respective homes away from COVID-19, a friend told me she was going to stay in and “do some writing.”  Wait, what?  This woman had never, not once, expressed an iota of interest in writing!  As an office manager, she doesn’t have to do “content” for […]

You’re Cuter Than You Think

How do you feel about the word “cute?”  Maybe it makes you think of babies or puppies or Hello Kitty backpacks. Small, harmless things. Or, miniature replicas of larger things.  Maybe “cute” to you is just shy of pretty and a few blocks from gorgeous. My friend, writer Becky Karush, believes cute is underrated.  Becky […]