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The Curious Case of Walking in Circles

The Curious Case of Walking in Circles

“Why are you running up the stairs only to run back down again?”  A little boy, maybe four-years-old, just asked me this during my daily workout in the park.  Part of my routine is to run up and down the steps at the front of the Museum of Natural History.  I do several laps before…

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Ignore the giant, step towards the beauty

Ignore the giant, step towards the beauty

I just finished my daily wog (half walk, half jog) through the park.  On the homestretch, as I jogged past a garden springing fresh with colorful blossoms, a little girl, maybe three-years-old, stepped directly in front of me.  She was drawn to the beauty of the flowers, totally oblivious to this giant—nearly Read more [...]

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‘Groan’ Apart (A 100-second reading on the decision to decrease pressure or to increase strength)

‘Groan’ Apart (A 100-second reading on the decision to decrease pressure or to increase strength)

I disconnected my printer and my earphones from my laptop, closed its lid, and quickly swooped it up to head to a meeting.  I immediately realized that I had failed to disconnect the power cord, however, as a chain reaction evolved in which the stretched cord toppled my penholder, spilling pens, Read more [...]

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26 Things I’m Grateful For

January 25, 2013
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26 Things I’m Grateful For

Some of my readers know that I monthly tell my journal (blog) those things about which I'm grateful.  The list always matches the day's date. From 3am on the 26th here in Uganda—this is my list—for whatever it's worth.  May your day be infused with thankfulness—even if in the face of need, Read more [...]

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“The WD-40-Guy at Harvard” (An 80-second read on addressing distraction)

December 9, 2012
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“The WD-40-Guy at Harvard” (An 80-second read on addressing distraction)

I remember well my first day of grad school.  I was awake early.  It surprised me how concerned I suddenly was about what I should wear.  (“You should have thought of this before!” I kept telling myself.) I finally settled on jeans, a sweater and a scarf—which—it turned out—so did everybody Read more [...]

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“Let’s Climb Out of the Bucket” (My reflections on ‘Kony 2012’)

“Let’s Climb Out of the Bucket” (My reflections on ‘Kony 2012’)

My dad often tells a story about what it means to be a crabber (someone who catches crabs).  The crabbers place their catches, one by one, into a bucket.  Eventually, the bucket is full enough for some crabs to have the opportunity to stretch their claws to the rim of the bucket, and escape.  But…

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“Unexpected Ways” (An 80-second reading on what I am enjoying most about this human experience.)

Early this morning I was seated in the lobby of one of Kampala’s oldest hotels, The Africana.  The Senior Advisor to Uganda’s First Lady had asked to meet me there.  We have been friends for many years, and I happened across one of her properties yesterday, a space that would be perfect for one Read…

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