I was attending the ALA's Annual Conference a few weeks back which led me into a week-long volleyball tournament. Listening to Rick Rigsby inspired me in all the right ways to begin anew, in this time and space, even as strange as it is at times. He grabbed my attention with this quote: "Champions are champions [...]

By |October 20th, 2021|Categories: Blog|


I have an aversion to the sound of a vacuum cleaner. It goes back as far as I can remember, and my physical response is the same as nails on a chalkboard - goosebumps all over my body along with chills and shivers. I was enduring Roomba (my robot vacuum) last week, thinking about [...]

By |September 28th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Playing to Win or Playing Not to Lose

Playing to win is not the same as playing not to lose.  The Olympics are my favorite season, particularly the summer games. A time when the world gathers in alignment to cheer and celebrate incredible athleticism and the human condition. I will watch any sport, sometimes knowing them pretty well, other times learning a [...]

By |August 23rd, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Inde or Inter?

We are fast approaching the celebration of the US Independence, aka Fourth of July. I have been wondering the value of independence in a different way – how independent we all claim to be, and want to be, and operate as such. I was driving this morning and almost experienced a collision as another [...]

By |June 25th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Let’s Get Personal

“I really like them personally…it’s just... ” Have you heard or said this? I’m guessing so, at least once or twice, right? How about this one? “Don’t take it personally.” Is there a faster way for you to absorb comments as personal? Likely not! When preparing to have a difficult conversation (perhaps termination meeting) [...]

By |March 22nd, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Last Word Bird

Do you have any birds in your life? That person who has to have the last word in a discussion or argument? Maybe you fall into this sometimes? How committed to being right are you? It feels good when you are right, when your argument succeeds. And sometimes we invest a lot of energy in the [...]

By |January 25th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Feeling Generous?

In a Columbia University study, managers were subliminally exposed to words that were either rooted in cooperation (mutual, shared, collaborator as examples) or competition (winner, loser, opponent as examples). The managers who saw the cooperation words were much more likely to share knowledge and resources than their "competition" word colleagues. We take in so many [...]

By |October 23rd, 2020|Categories: Blog|


I'm feeling it - are you? I have days where I'm angry about this virus--or angry about the limitations that have resulted from it. And, I also feel hopeful.  So stumbling on this St. Augustine quote really struck me - "Hope has two beautiful daughters: Anger and Courage." My anger is about the way [...]

By |September 18th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

Feeling Testy

In the last week, I have had three very different conversations, with one very common theme: testing. So and so is a nice person, that's where it starts. Maybe you've started there too. Then, the butt happens. We stick our rear end out and disrupt the niceness with a tester, which sounds like this: "but [...]

By |August 24th, 2020|Categories: Blog|
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