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What the Pig Said

What the Pig Said

While I was staying in a village home stay in rural Bali, my hosts owned about a dozen chickens and a pig. I walked through their modest family compound several times a day, and each time I stopped to talk to the pig. He (or she—I didn’t check) always seemed happy to see me, wagging […]

Throw Back Thursday

Throw Back Thursday

When I was in high school, I hung out with a group of guys, all a bit older than me, who liked to make movies and asked me to be in them. Get your mind out of the gutter. Albert, Bill, Lee, David and the guys were not porn producers…they were funny writers and would-be […]

Choose to See Magic

Choose to See Magic

Whenever I’m on a roll (existentially at least), I find pennies. I’m not talking about a sporadic coin here or there. I’m talking about a down pour of pennies for weeks on end. I stumble across at least one a day, sometimes in the most unlikely of circumstances. Once during a long stretch of daily […]

Go Forward For Humanity

Go Forward For Humanity

On a recent job interview with a Wake Forest alumna, the interviewer looked at her resume and asked, “What is it they do to you at Wake Forest? There’s something special that happens there.” I’ve spent the last seven months researching what I’ve come to call the “Wake Forest Mystique”— trying to nail down just […]

Mother’s Day Redux

Mother’s Day Redux

I posted this piece last year as we neared Mother’s Day. I was still living in the jungles of Costa Rica, where the rainy season had arrived. One year later, I’m back in Charlotte with my cats and the sun is shining. Lots has changed, but this sentiment is still the same. To read the […]

Employee Appreciation Day

Employee Appreciation Day

I used to have employees of the two-legged variety–and many of them remain good friends to this day. Nowadays, however, I tend to hire the four-legged type. Buddy (shown left), my chief of staff, has been with me the longest. Lumpkin, the Court Jester, barged in with little warning (at least that’s Buddy’s recollection) a […]

Our Idols are Human Too

Our Idols are Human Too

I never imagined wanting to come to John Travolta’s defense. But amidst all the post-Oscar Travolfrenzy about his on-stage butchering of Idina Menzel’s name, I’d like to weigh in. Sure, I typed my name into the generator to “travoltify” it (it’s Murray Taylor) and I chuckled at the snide comments on Facebook. But inside, I cringed a little, thinking back to a […]

Creating Space to Think

Creating Space to Think

I’ve been thinking about thinking lately. Mostly, that we don’t cultivate the time to do it anymore. I used to think while I stood in line at the post office. Now I scroll through my newsfeed. Or, I would think on the treadmill; yesterday, I plugged in my ear buds to listen to a podcast. […]

The Easiest Valentine You’ll Ever Send

The Easiest Valentine You’ll Ever Send

It’s upon us—that annual event that sends us in panic to the store, wondering how we’ll survive it all. No, not snowmageddon—I’m talking about Valentine’s Day. For single people, it looms like an impending winter storm. We fret that we don’t have “that special someone” who will send flowers or join us in a chocolate bender. […]

Going for the Gold

Going for the Gold

My friend Julie posted her goal of someday working on the Olympics on Facebook the other day. It’s a great goal—and one I am sure she’ll accomplish. A young superstar, Julie started as an intern when I still owned Tribble Creative Group, and I later hired her to work with me at the Democratic National Convention. She […]

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