Category Archives: Stories

The advice I shouldn’t have taken from a black friend on talking about race

on June 7, 2020 in Art, Stories

Context Before starting the Leadership and the Environment podcast, I gave a series of talks on environmental action at NYU—my first foray into applying leadership to the environment. By then I had experimented enough an practicing stewardship to have experienced the joy that it brought. I felt compelled to share my results and how to act on them. Every would-be leader of any renown I’d heard speak on the environment[…] Keep reading →

Why are we blind to sexism hurting men, take 4: Central Park false accusation

on May 27, 2020 in Stories

Following three previous posts here Why are we so blind to sexism that hurts men and boys? Philadelphia and Starbucks: How blind are we to sexism hurting men? More missing sexism when it hurts men and countless incidents in life, here is yet another story with blatant sexism largely unremarked on. To be sure, some remark on it, but far from how much they recognize the racism. The New York[…] Keep reading →

Three Latest Videos on New York City’s lockdown with Me and Magamedia.org’s Rob Harper

on May 16, 2020 in Audio, Nonjudgment, Stories

I can’t describe the unexpected fun and growth coming from my conversations with Rob. When I learned of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s friendship with Antonin Scalia, I couldn’t get it. How could one tolerate someone who worked to make the world the opposite of what they wanted, especially with the stakes so high? Reading John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty, I intellectually understood his point that you have to share your ideas[…] Keep reading →

Recovering from running a marathon versus rowing a 2k

on May 15, 2020 in Fitness, Stories

I recently shared this experience with someone who described the feeling of suffering after beating their personal best for rowing a 2k: Your story reminds me of finishing my first running marathon. In the area where runners could get their bags and put on warm clothes, some happy-go-lucky guy, despite also having just finished, jauntily walks in saying spritely, “You did it! It hurts now, but the pain will pass[…] Keep reading →

Life-Changing Habits Even (Especially) Under Lock-Down

on May 5, 2020 in Freedom, Habits, SIDCHAs, Stories

Here is the video from my webinar last week on life-changing habits during lock-down (and the rest of your life). Wondering if you should watch? Quoting attendees: “My boyfriend was an Olympic fencer and I texted him: this webinar is like  an insight into your brain. Now I see how you do everything and how you’re so productive.” “Holy cow, it’s so simple. It’s so true. I could immediately see[…] Keep reading →

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 Magamedia.org’s Rob Harper

on April 12, 2020 in Audio, Stories

I appeared on Magamedia.org 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 Magamedia.org. 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 →

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