Goodbye Before Hello

April 12, 2015 in It is what it is - opinion column | Comments (0)

Of all the great jazz vocalists from the Golden Era, Sarah Vaughan always has been one of my favorites. There’s something about the way she savored every note, every lyric, sometimes stretching a phrase almost to the point of breaking and then releasing it to...

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Cotton Candy and Pulled Taffy

April 8, 2015 in It is what it is - opinion column | Comments (0)

The sky above Hydrant Club on a Spring day…

One of the most glorious things about my place of business is laying back in the cool green grass and gazing up to the sky – especially on a day like today when a high, thin layer of clouds...

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Distractions as Fuel for the Fire

April 6, 2015 in It is what it is - opinion column | Comments (0)

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There’s something deliciously marvelous about being distracted – it can be a fun new project, the promise of a vacation somewhere fabulous or of course that skin tingling sensation of a powerful personal connection. As someone who’s pretty much always busy –...

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Why Bother When Rumi Said It Perfectly?

April 5, 2015 in It is what it is - opinion column | Comments (0)

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I’ve been meditating a lot lately – at least twice a day – and part of my practice has been reading from an array of books and sites focused on mindfulness, meditation and the words of great masters whose voices resonate across...

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Strength of an Oak, Yet Bend Like a Willow

April 3, 2015 in It is what it is - opinion column | Comments (0)

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Building the Hydrant Club has been a fascinating process for me. A seemingly vast array of inbound channels of new things to learn, each one fatter and more jammed with information than the next. I knew I’d be learning about...

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If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck …

April 1, 2015 in It is what it is - opinion column | Comments (0)

Ah the smell of bigotry. It’s amazing how truly distinctive the aroma, even when wafting thousands of miles across the country.

I’m speaking, of course, about the states of Indiana and Arkansas (the latter of which should ONLY be smelling of the fine barbecue for which...

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Amber Glow of Memory

March 31, 2015 in It is what it is - opinion column | Comments (0)

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The other morning I woke up just as the sun was stretching its arms and reaching above the horizon. Padding into the living room and curling up on the sofa with my coffee, I gleefully pushed back the blinds to bathe...

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Football Isn’t Over: Tackled by Monday

March 30, 2015 in It is what it is - opinion column | Comments (0)

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I just knew it. I knew that Monday was going to be ornery. Sunday had given me a heads up.

“Look out,” she whispered. “You’ve been super productive this weekend, totally nailed it with some big stuff and consider yourself ready to tackle...

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Following the Harmony of Success

March 27, 2015 in It is what it is - opinion column | Comments (0)

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[suh k-ses] noun … The favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one’s goals.

Success.

It’s one of those words that seems to have a pretty clear meaning. In many places, especially US culture, success is measured by wealth, prosperity...

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Matching Inner Self With Outer Experience

March 26, 2015 in It is what it is - opinion column | Comments (0)

Sitting this morning after the day’s offering from the current Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey 21-Day Meditation Challenge (which is focused on manifesting and sustaining success), I found myself musing on finding congruity between inner and outer life experience. The day’s message being that in order...

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