The Power – And Danger – Of Labeling People

When I think of labels, I think of shelves. Shelves of groceries – inanimate objects that provide varying degrees of nutrition. These labels include ingredients contained in the “food” product, the caloric value, fat content, and other nutrition facts. Labels make things easy, especially one-word labels: They compartmentalize people and objects for us. That means […]

Are Your Goals as Sweet as Halloween Candy?

Whether you’re talking personal or professional goals, they’ve got to light a fire under you the way Halloween candy motivates kids. How much time do you spend setting goals for your business and personal lives? And do you stack the deck in your favor by limiting the challenging goals so that you’ll be able to […]

Looking at Everyday Items Through a New Lens

Does the idea of wearing clothing made out of household gadgets and gizmos sound unrealistic to you? It would have to me if I hadn’t seen a remarkable exhibit of work by students from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Strolling aimlessly to kill a little time before a reception, I was immediately drawn to […]

Loving the Journey of Life-Long Learning

Opportunity after opportunity presents itself to each of us to expand our knowledge, deepen our expertise, and enrich our lives. Make sure you’re paying attention when opportunity knocks. When I was in my mid-40s I went back to school, earning a master’s degree in public policy and management. That degree was instrumental in advancing my […]

Three Lessons Salt Institute Has Taught Us

When the dust settles and Salt Institute’s fate is sealed, this story will make one heck of a case study. Let me introduce you to Salt Institute for Documentary Studies (Salt). Information from the About page on its website says that Salt is: a non-profit school in Portland, Maine offering semester-long intensive programs in documentary […]

There’s Nothing New About Our Desire for Instant Gratification

We’re all in a hurry to get what we want. And, oh yes, we’re all busy, busy, busy. A spur-of-the-moment visit to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum reminded me that our impatience and desire for instant gratification are nothing new. It seems each generation thinks the one on its heels is has an entitlement […]

Five Reasons Listening to Podcasts is NOT a Waste of Time

I know, I know. We’ve already got sooo many social channels vying for our time, and then there’s traditional media still keeping us entertained. So why add podcasts to the mix? Trust me, you’ll thank me for giving you a few excuses reasons to tune in to the podcast of your choice. Podcasts have been […]

Cia: Building Community Through Coffee, Ice Cream, and Art

Step into this café and step into a world of conversation, cuisine, and creativity. How lucky for South Portland, Maine that Jeannie Dunnigan and her wild notion of community relocated to the Knightville neighborhood. There’s no missing Jeannie on any day of the week: she’s the one in roller skates – yes, roller skates from […]

Press the Send Button: Scary and Freeing

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” Eleanor Roosevelt Scary moment of the day has passed. And at that freeing moment, comes a feeling of giddiness I hadn’t expected. The email has been sent. The invitation has been issued. The worst that can happen? Rejection. The best that can happen? Oh my goodness; I […]

The Power of Curiosity

“cu·ri·os·i·ty (kyo͝orēˈäsədē) noun a strong desire to know or learn something” Think back to the time when you were a young child and every day was filled with wonder. What would you discover? What would you do? Where would you go? The day was overflowing with questions to ask and ideas to explore – all […]