The Foodie and Food Insecurity

My foodie dreams came true! I met Mario Batali. I am a huge fan of this celebrity chef. I spend many Sundays in the kitchen trying to re-create dishes he prepares on his daily talk show, ABC’S The Chew. He was touring the country, promoting his new book, American Farm to Table. I jumped at…

When Our Parents Get Older

Aging parent. Family meeting. Scary stuff. I did not sleep the night before. Capabilities and independence were on the agenda; we were not at the point of caretaking or having to think about end of life issues. A big family offers a lot of assistance when needed and also comes with a variety of thoughts,…

Grieving Change

There is an old mantra that the only guarantees in life are death and taxes. That mantra may need to be updated, as one of the things I hear over and over from leaders is how much “change” there is. Today, change is as inevitable as death and taxes. Sometimes the change is welcome, but…

Team Conflict: A Case Study

Conflict can manifest itself in a variety of forms and to varying degrees, but the causes often include differences between expectations, goals, values and personality styles. When conflict escalates to the point where a supervisor needs to get involved, the situation has often gotten to a critical stage. Within an organization, it is imperative that…

Oh, That Word!

I am bedeviled by a word. Perhaps I exaggerate a bit. After all, you might wonder if a single word can really create that much difficulty. Well, I’ll tell you that it can. When I’ve got a tough decision to make, this word can really nag at me, cost me a lot of emotional energy…

Making Peace with “Busy”

Recently, I noticed my tendency to use a particular four-letter word quite often, and I’m starting to wonder whether this word might be worth a reevaluation. What is this word, you ask? Naturally, it’s “busy”. I hear myself frequently answer the question “How are you?” with that word attached almost as a punctuation mark at…

A Powerful Message on Suicide

Suicide seems unavoidable these days. Now before you start calling my emergency contacts out of concern, allow me to explain. Since the death of Robin Williams, there has been an abundance of suicide awareness in the media. That awareness is great. People are now more informed than ever on how to seek help for themselves…

Pushing Beyond Your Comfort Zone

As I write this, my last vacation for the year is coming up, and with two weeks to go, the final preparations begin. It’s at the two-week point that I print out what I call my “camping list”, an itemized checklist of everything that must be done and packed in order to make my trip…