How To Communicate Belonging

It’s Friday, Sept. 2nd, the end of the first week of school. I’ve been watching Rachel, my 7-year-old across the street neighbor get off the bus all week. But today is special. Jennifer, her mom is standing in the driveway holding balloons in her hand and looking in the direction of the approaching bus. Rachel steps off the bus, gets a hug …

I Made a Mistake!

While moving at lightning speed, from one detail to the next to organize and stage TEDx Asheville 2022, I made a big mistake. If it was a detail on the website – easy fix. If I forgot to arrange a projector, a call would right that wrong. This mistake required I apologize. Even with that creepy-crawly feeling of shame and embarrassment in …

A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible.  ~Margaret Atwood All I said was, “hi” and my mom asked – “are you okay?” One word and she knew.  Your vocal tone makes an immediate impression. If you are tired, feeling confident, believe in your message or feeling nervous, your audience will …

Life Lesson From Sidney Poitier

With so much acrimony in our world today, hearing interview excerpts of Sidney Poitier, a prominent and distinguished man inspires me to recalibrate and realign how I choose to be in the world and to share this message with you. In the movie, The Heat Of The Night, Sidney Poitier insisted Norman Jewison, the director make an addition to a …