Saturday, July 28, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
The photo is one that I took a couple of years ago, but I was reminded of it yesterday evening as I decided to take a walk across the Mass Ave. bridge to check out the sunset.
When I was spending a semester in India for a while we made it a point to try to see the sunset everyday.
I think I'm going to try to make this a daily event again (at least over the summer) since the sunset really was spectacular yesterday and it's such a nice way to spend 20 minutes in the evening.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
(Fortune Magazine) -- The crowd of Harvard Business School alums who gathered at their reunion to hear networking expert Keith Ferrazzi speak earlier this summer might have expected to pick up strategies on how to work a room, remember people's names, or identify mentors. But tactical skills, it turns out, aren't what turned Ferrazzi into a bestselling author or sought-after speaker.
Instead Ferrazzi let his fellow alums in on a little secret. The key to connecting, he told the group, is "not being an a**hole." And the most effective path he's found? Meditation. Exercise and prayer work too, he said, but meditation has been so effective that he now spends ten days every year at a silent meditation retreat. In other words, the man whose latest book is "Never Eat Alone" credits much of his success to alone time.
Students meditate at a Goenka center in Massachusetts.
Ferrazzi clears his mind on the terrace of his room at the W hotel in New York City.
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Meditation has been around for thousands of years, but not so long ago extended retreats or programs that banned speech were reserved for aging rock stars or college students on the ten-year plan. And while the practice isn't exactly mainstream in corporate America, more and more executives are open to anything that might help them thrive in - or temporarily disconnect from - today's BlackBerry-addled ADD business climate.
Monday, July 9, 2007
A Small Gesture: Eyewitness Voluntourism in Vietnam
More than 30 years after the last U.S. helicopter departed from the embassy in Ho Chi Minh City, a young American expatriate does his part to make up for his country’s tragic legacy in Vietnam.
Saturday, July 7, 2007
I logged in to check out the service and tried out their feature to log into your email to see who is already on Doostang. I selected a few people to connect with and instead everyone in my contact list got sent an invitation! Highly annoying!! Sorry!
It's a small world, Sara Jewett, a friend from Duke recently got in touch with my friend Mike Sieburg via linkedin. Here's a photo of Sara and I at a Halloween Party in Durham, NC years ago.