I recently had the privilege of working with one of the top financial advisors in the country. She wanted to rebrand her firm, and with good reason: It didn’t reflect who she really is, and what she and her team really stand for. Common problem. And who could blame her? She’s a little too busy […]

Content is king. Right? That’s what people say.  Is it though? Because I’m kinda thinking content is…queen. Sure, the king rules the land, calls the shots. He’s the authority.  But. The queen is the master of content. The king pronounces; the queen whispers. The king talks; the queen listens. And she doesn’t miss a trick.  […]

Years ago, I spent the weekend at a friend’s ski chalet. It had a hot tub. So, around 9pm, we grabbed some beers and got in it. One of the guests was a man I’d never met, and I was trying to decide if I found him appealing. I figured it out rather quickly. We […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

“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 […]

Lean into your work like a Segway

Years ago I went on a Segway tour of Austin. I was rigid with fear when I got up on that thing. It felt like standing on a vacuum cleaner and attempting to ride it.  We all have some inherent understanding of what makes things go: A swing?…

Why content may be like this date I went on in 2013

This is a pic of me on a date with a man I met on New Year's Eve in 2013. He's so goddamn gorgeous I only had the heart to cut out half his face so that his identity is kinda protected but also you can see him OMGGG.   He was…

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…
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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…

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…

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…