Category Archives: Stories

My third TEDx talk: People Don’t Want to Do Small Things. They Want to Do Meaningful Things

on May 4, 2020 in Leadership, Nature, Stories

TED and TEDxConnecticutCollege posted my third TEDx talk (scroll down for my first two). I can’t express my gratitude for the organizers for the opportunity to develop and deliver this talk. The event was February 29, just as the pandemic was starting. I believe the pandemic only makes my message more valuable. People Don’t Want to Do Small Things. They Want to Do Meaningful Things. I consider it my most[…] Keep reading →

Video on New York City’s lockdown with’s Rob Harper

on April 12, 2020 in Audio, Stories

I appeared on a second time, which I’ll post about tomorrow (here’s my post on my first appearance, explaining why I’m appearing on a site supporting someone acting contrary to many of my values). [EDIT: I posted it the next day: See my second appearance on My podcast episode with my mom preempted it.] In preparing for the appearance, Rob and I got to talking about New York’s[…] Keep reading →

See me speak at TEDxConnecticutCollege, February 29th

on February 19, 2020 in Events, Stories

I’m honored to give my third TEDx talk February 29th at TEDxConnecticutCollege. The theme is “Beyond the Disarray.” I will speak about formative experiences that led me to develop confidence and direction amid the confusion, disarray, and inaction plaguing so many from acting decisively about what they care about most. Email me for tickets if you’d like to attend or buy them here. The event logistics: Saturday, February 29, 2020[…] Keep reading →

Hear me on the Ask Women podcast

on February 14, 2020 in Audio, Education, Exercises, Leadership, Nonjudgment, Stories

Would you expect me on a podcast called Ask Women Podcast: What Women Want? With an episode title “How To Be A Leader With Women | The BJ Technique“? Yes, ‘BJ’ meaning what you think. Here are the notes about the hosts, Marni Kinrys and Kristen Carney: What do a female comic and a professional wing girl have in common? The realistically raw and hilarious perspectives on what women ACTUALLY[…] Keep reading →

When, specifically, is the best time for evening exercises?

on December 29, 2019 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Fitness, SIDCHAs, Stories, Tips

Yesterday’s post answered the best time to exercise in the morning. What if you exercise in the evening too or instead? The beginning of that post—why exercise, listing the benefits, and so on—apply here. No need to repeat everything up to “First things first.” Alternative 1: Just before bed The latest option is to exercise last before going to bed. Many ask if getting your heart rate up might keep[…] Keep reading →

I rowed 100k (60 miles) in 22 days. Memento Mori.

on December 20, 2019 in Fitness, Habits, Stories

The manufacturer of my rowing machine, Concept2, created its annual holiday challenge. In honor of anyone rowing at least 100,000 meters between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, they would donate to a climate charity of your choice. Something got into me to do it. 26 days meant five of my workout cycles (day 1: lifting, day 2: Turkish Get Up (TGU), day 3: rest, day 4: cardio, day 5: rest). I[…] Keep reading →

Cold weather when I was young

on December 19, 2019 in Fitness, Stories

Running errands today in 16 degree weather (-9C) reminded me of a time playing Ultimate in college. I think it was the year we were in the finals of most regional tournaments against Wesleyan and expected to make nationals, though I don’t remember exactly since what do I remember exactly from around 1990? In any case, the only times we could all meet was super-early, maybe 6am. This was during[…] Keep reading →

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