I haven’t blogged in darn close to a month. I’ve been slogging through knee-deep mud, everything from revamping some of my tools for communicating with clients to research for a committee-in-formation for one of my professional societies. Sometimes you just have to watch your step, avoid distractions, and pretend you’re a Clydesdale pulling a wagon.…

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Machines can’t crochet. A client taught me that. Looping my chain on-line, sleuthing taught me that no one can build a machine which can pattern and manipulate needles with the complexity of the weaves our hands stitch. There is a contraption shamelessly dubbed a crochet machine, but, in fact, its talent is “warp knitting.” Celebrate…

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It’s a crystal-edged line between bragging and providing information sometimes. I’ve just finished a very preliminary introductory course to Motivational Interviewing (MI), an incredibly powerful way of framing conversations to allow a person, whether a service provider, a sports coach, a teacher or a parent, to help another person, whether a client, team mate, student…

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I had the pleasure of contributing to another online article: “15 Brilliant Ways to Declutter Your Basement Right Now” by Sarah Crow for April 24, 2020 Best Life‘s Smarter Living column. I haven’t owned a basement in a while, but oh the (bad) memories….

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Did you know there are better and worse ways to hold a conversation? I’ve touched on it in another post. But I’m starting a beginner’s course in Motivational Interviewing, a rigorously studied method (1,000+ examinations as of this writing), which is adding myriad nuances to my understanding of this skill. Some people recommend Nonviolent Communication…

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I’m on the Board of the NAPO (National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals) Seattle Area Chapter. Have been, on and off, for years. I’ve stepped into a new role, Secretary, this year. Can ya imagine that Secretary involves a LOT of paperwork? Yup. And our chapter has a goal of going paperless. So I’m…

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Sunday July 26, 10:00AM – 12:00PM PST – $10, registration through EventBrite Sunday July 26, 1:30PM – 3:30PM PST – $10, registration through Eventbrite Sunday July 26, 5:00PM – 7:00PM PST – $10, registration through Eventbrite Monday July 27, 11:00AM – 1:00PM PST– $10, registration through Eventbrite   Sneak Peak at the Virtual Organizer on the…

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I used to suffer from a medical condition known as early adulthood – my 20s. Without going into gruesome detail, I knew myself well enough to know that there were predictable days when all I could cope with were the most ridiculous, administrivial, mind-numbing, routine, easy tasks I could find, like filing. I’ve even posted…

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This April 15, 2020 article by UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center affiliates Michael Amster and Jake Eagle, “Stuck at Home? How to Find Awe and Beauty Indoors” is just amazing. The subtitle “During quarantine, you can gain a sense of perspective by discovering what’s wondrous in the clutter of your home.” caught my eye.…

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