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Can we talk? Frequently, well, no we can’t….

I recently visited a friend who last year became a mom for the first time. At the time of her pregnancy, she was working for an organization committed to gender equity. Certain responses to her pregnancy – to her entering the community of mothers … Continue reading

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Alone, tired, frustrated and scared – in our society….

I’m a practicing mediator (including as a volunteer with an East London mediation service, Common Ground – yes, I am making a flagrant pitch for the organisation!). Today I did some coaching. The objective of the coaching was to help a woman who h… Continue reading

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Because life is a series of collaborations….

I am leaving my half-drafted post about collaboration, which I started last week, aside for the moment. Still want to write about collaboration, but from a different angle than originally intended. Yesterday, I was on a countryside walk (yup, I li… Continue reading

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Learnings along the Cotswold Way….

Last weekend, I went on a four day, fifty mile walk along the Cotswold Way. My friend Olivia Sprinkel and I use these walks for exercise, connection with nature and connection with our selves through focused dialogue, awareness, and meditation. We… Continue reading

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The ramblings of two Mid-Westerners in London….(another random connection)

In my last post, I documented a random encounter at Chicago O’Hare airport. This time, I’m thinking about an encounter I had when I landed in London Heathrow on Saturday morning. I got to the Heathrow Express ticket machines and saw a young woman … Continue reading

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Thank you for sharing….

I am in the line for security at the airport. It is a longer line than usual, but thankfully I arrived early enough to not care. Behind me stands a daughter and a mother. At one point, daughter says loudly: “I was so calm this morning. Now I’m tot… Continue reading

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Chicago brief: A two hour meeting which proved very instructive…

On Monday, I attended a meeting of lawyers, doctors, community workers, government officials, people from umbrella organizations for service/support providers. This group meets monthly to discuss and agree shared lobbying priorities in relation to… Continue reading

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London Riots – let us seize the opportunity…

Here I am in the leafy Chicago suburb of Glenview. Here I am, while London’s streets have literally been burning. London is where I live. East London – Bethnal Green, to be exact. I’ve lived in the East End for fifteen years, a marked contrast to … Continue reading

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Empathy – what about it?

“If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die?” Shylock, a Jewish Moneylender, Merchant of Venice In certain circles, empathy is trendy at the moment. For example, Matthew Taylor (RSA Chief E… Continue reading

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Communication – the means might just determine the end….

It’s all about communication! How successful we are likely to be in achieving what we want to achieve is all about communication. Well, maybe not ALL, but a fair portion of our success lies in how and what we communicate with others. Here’s the st… Continue reading

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