The Welcome Protocols: FaceMask Hospitality

How do you resolve the idea of little human contact when providing hospitality? Hotels, cruise lines and tour operators are searching for answers to this question. The question is analogous to the yearning  of wanting to hug a friend but having to hold back…so NOT natural!    To distance ourselves we’ve relied on technology. Just … Read more

The Strange Wonderful (Re) Connecting

No hugging, cheek kissing or hand shaking allowed. Yes, our social skills are a little rusty. Yes, there’s an underlying feeling of uncertainty (less when people wear face masks). Yet even in a socially- distanced way, physically being in the same space with another offers relief. Nothing can replace physical presence.     Now we … Read more

Road Rituals for Re-Entry

  “Rituals are the formulas by which harmony is restored.”                                                                                           … Read more

Location, Location, Location: Above or Below the Line

When purchasing our first house my mother-in-law advised prioritizing location over other considerations. Smart advice. Similarly, where we “land” emotionally is also about location. “Are we above or below the line?” asks Martin Seligman, author of Flourish (aka, father of Positivity). Understanding “mental location” translates to improved clarity for managing ourselves, especially in uncomfortable situations. … Read more

The Rabbit Hole: It Can Be Sweet!

When looking at our backyard you see lots of small holes passionately dug by two bored dogs. These holes were not made by sweet rabbits. The silver Standard poodle, Toulousse, and the chubby black Labradoodle, Louis, enthusiastically thought,  “There must be treasure underneath, worms, treats and even a buried steak.” Walking in the yard is … Read more

Imagine a Third Way: YOUR Transformation!

Let’s go back to our birth.  After months inside, suddenly we become a Being on the outside. A “New Normal” dichotomy begins. We live constantly with “who we are” on the Inside and “how we show up” on the Outside. Wouldn’t it be nice if the Inner aligned with the Outer?    Consider the joy … Read more

The Road Not Taken

As young children my brother and I worked with a speech therapist on articulation. These sessions with Mrs. Philips represent some of my earliest memories as a child. Walking to the front door of a small white Colonial house, holding Henry’s hand, and spending many hours exercising our lips, we learned to speak clearly.   Sometimes … Read more

Recognize The Seeds We Sow Now

“Recognize The Seeds We Sow” Now -(Fred Mandell, Becoming a Life Change Artist)   Do you know the phrase, “We’re right where we’re suppose to be”?  This truism is irritating especially as we’re confined to our homes. Home isn’t necessarily where we want to be!     Yet, here we are, faced with showing up … Read more

The Shift: Time At Home

Admittedly relocating work to a home office feels disorientating. No face-to-face meetings, few interactions and Social Distancing feels isolating more than we might have imagined. For some, the decimal level has drastically increased: Spring Break started early and kids are clamoring for attention. For others, time alone for two weeks or more in a studio … Read more