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Listening to Others, Listening to Ourselves

Listening to Others, Listening to Ourselves

“Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force.... When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.” - Brenda Ueland, author and writing coach When I was a teenager, my friends and I didn’t spend much of our free time with parents. But...

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A Mother’s Greatest Gift

A Mother’s Greatest Gift

My mother gave me many gifts. She passed on her love of gardening, her joy in simple acts like arranging wildflowers or listening to the song of the cardinal, and the pleasure of reading a book. She taught me how to turn the other cheek when wronged, how to “go high”...

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Friends and Daughters: Women Share Experience

Friends and Daughters: Women Share Experience

A friend, also named Janet, who I’ve known since we were teens in the Bronx, recently sent me this photo. I don’t know where she had it stashed but she came upon it and was touched to see us together—not just together with each other—but together with our parents as...

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An Interview with One of the 3 Percent

An Interview with One of the 3 Percent

A few weeks ago, I interviewed Marcia Lorente, a high-level New York City professional in advertising. Tell a me little bit about yourself. I was raised in Madrid Spain; my mom is from Escondido, California and my dad is from Barcelona. I’m a creative strategist and I...

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How to Find Your Calm Center in Turbulent Times

How to Find Your Calm Center in Turbulent Times

If you find yourself upset by the news, ready to fight for your position, and constantly fretting about the future, you are not alone. The polarizing nature of public discourse today is affecting people of all political persuasions. In fact, it has a new name:...

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Have You Seen My Memory Somewhere?

Have You Seen My Memory Somewhere?

How’s your memory? Forgot where your glasses are and what the name of the movie is that you want to see? Have you parked the car in a lot and then couldn’t remember where? Fumbled awkwardly over introductions because you forgot someone’s name? I’m sorry, what was I...

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