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Playing the Game

Okay, this post starts out with a sigh. Can you hear it? SIGH. That’s me letting out a big intake of breath. Maybe it’s accompanied by a slight vocal rumble. But you know what a sigh sounds like, right? I’m sighing because I get so tired of playing the game. Sometimes it seems like there … Continue reading

WORK and LOVE and FUN and HEALTH

I just finished reading Scott Berg’s biography of Katharine Hepburn. Well, not exactly a biography. Something different, but I don’t actually know what to call it. According to Berg, Hepburn more or less adopted him shortly after they met, immediately knighting him her biographer at the start of their 20-year relationship. For several years he … Continue reading

More Perfectionism

Continuing the conversation from last week, I’d like to share my favorite story about perfectionism, from the book Art and Fear, by Bayles and Orland. Although the authors frame perfection specifically in terms of artists, their observations apply to perfectionism of any kind. And if you read it closely you will likely find something in … Continue reading

The Wishing Year

Last week I ventured out on a rainy night to listen to Noelle Oxenhandler read from her book, “The Wishing Year.” I debated hunkering down by the wood stove instead but was so glad I didn’t, because not only was Ms. Oxenhandler’s reading a delight, but the Union Hotel in Occidental turned out to be the ideal setting: … Continue reading

Job Search Magic

A few months ago I was interviewed for an article on job search. When I explained to the Sacramento Bee journalist that there’s no magic formula for getting a job during a recession, she seemed disappointed. I wasn’t surprised, because I often get the same response from clients and potential clients. They’re hoping I’ll perform … Continue reading