Entries by maryanne

What do Goat Yoga and Business Development Have in Common?

Q: What do “goat yoga” and business development have in common?   A: They both require you to do a LOT of stretching.   (Sorry, that was “B-A-A-A-A-D”…)   Terrible joke notwithstanding, this past weekend I attended a four-day intensive business development training program in Long Beach Island, NJ, and to say there were a […]

What to Ask For From a Mentor

Sometimes I wonder what God’s voice would sound like. Fortunately Hollywood has given us countless versions to sample over the years, from the sublime to the silly and everything in between.   One of my favorite “God” embodiments was Morgan Freeman in the 2007 comedy Evan Almighty. (Let’s face it, he could read the dictionary […]

Did You Know That Went into Your Coffee?

                   “Would you like anything to drink?” the waitress asked.                    “A cup of coffee would be great,” I responded.                    “Cream and sugar?”                […]

How to Take the Awkward out of the Silence

Just for fun, here’s a two-question music history pop quiz for you:   Q1. On December 4, 1965, what song hit #1 on the US Billboard Top 100 charts? (Hint: It was sung by the group The Byrds.)   A1. The hint may have helped – does anyone remember anything else The Byrds sang? – […]

That’s Great, But What’s the Catch?

How many times has someone made you an offer, given a gift, or done something nice for you out of the blue, and just as you were about to say, “Wow, thanks so much!” your sixth sense kicked into gear, and instead your response was, “Wait, what’s the catch?”   Maybe: Your teenager spontaneously cleaned […]

That Sounded SO Much Better in My Head…

I don’t get starstruck easily. But apparently, I’m not immune.   Most of you know I’m a foodie. I love to cook, used to regularly have the Food Network on in the background, and have more photo albums full of recipes than of pictures of people.   One of my favorite celebrity chefs is Lydia […]

How to Listen Past Your Ego

Just about everyone likes movies of one sort or other. Sometimes I need a straight-up “feel good” movie to put a smile on my face and balance out the negativity that seems to be on every other channel and website.   One of my more recent favorites is “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” in […]

When to Admit You Don’t Know the Answer

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”                                        -Albert Einstein   I often find myself in what many might think is an awkward position:   I have to demonstrate my ignorance.   […]

How to Locate Your Blindspot

We all have a blind spot. You know I’m right, because like everyone else, you’ve probably had more than one moment when, for example:   You’ve said something and immediately thought, “That sounded SO much better in my head!” You’ve seen yourself in a selfie video seconds after recording it and thought, “What was I […]

What Do You Need to Let Go?

One of the funniest series of ads on television a few years ago was for the website letgo.com. Imagine the silliness of scenarios like the following:   The astronaut lugging around an old stereo amplifier in outer space because he’d had it since college A woman sitting there staring longingly at her “favorite” pair of […]