humanity

coffee talk

You’ve seen this picture before: four to five 20 or 30-somethings gathered around a table at the local coffee shop conspiring about the next business idea. There are high pitched shouts of “eureka” and requisite high fives and belly bumps all around signifying that elusive moment where the stars line up and everyone finally gets and buys into the idea.

By |April 9th, 2012|home, stories|1 Comment

label crazy

Imagine sometime in the future, there is a government decree that we must all wear a label communicating who we are. Let's say the Director of Homeland Labels has assembled a list from which we must choose and in fact, others get to vote from that list. On Facebook, any friend can vote on our label and we must wear it throughout the day. It may sound absurd and yet in many ways we act like this already. We are label manufacturers. We look at someone, what they are wearing or the company they keep, study their body and attach a label to them. Is this part of our DNA or was it developed as a survival kill for urban dwellers?

By |April 3rd, 2012|home, stories|1 Comment

the prodigal friend

at what point do we turn our backs on friendship and when do we welcome the prodigal friend back with open arms.

By |February 29th, 2012|home, stories|1 Comment

to be or not to be?

Maybe when we face our darkest fears (most notably that of passing into the unknown) we are liberated and become free – to live.

By |February 15th, 2012|home, stories|1 Comment

love’s bite

Is the price we pay for love worth it?

By |February 7th, 2012|home, stories|1 Comment

chucking the cool card

There comes a day in everyone’s life when we realize that it’s suddenly not worth the effort of trying to be cool. I’m not sure why it happens, but it’s inevitable – something like a rite of passage to adulthood. It must be written in some arcane study that self assured and confident people – those actualized through the process of self inquiry, simply don’t require being cool anymore. I guess it’s because “cool” is an outside barometer – a sociological litmus test. You pass the test and you’re welcome into a world of false hope.

 

Before you decide to chuck it, let’s understand why so many sign up for the Cool Card in the first place. There are lines of people, panting and longing for admission. There must be something to it, or so many wouldn’t want it, right? Imagine a world where you’ve been handed a card. Let’s take a walk through that world. […]

By |January 31st, 2012|home, stories|5 Comments

why men run

Why is it that so many men can't sit still and be present? What does that mean for the person involved with them and what are their common characteristics?

By |January 17th, 2012|home, stories|2 Comments

resolute about resolutions

Harvard Misfit identifies the many types of new year's resolutions and helps navigate through them...

By |January 3rd, 2012|home, stories|0 Comments

confessional sundays

Confessional Sundays

 

Imagine that it’s 11am on a Sunday morning.  You finished your eggs, vegetarian sausage, bagel and orange juice and the crumbs serve as a testimony to your appetite. Relaxing, you stretch out your legs on the coffee table and pick up the New York Times. There’s something about the Sunday edition that appeals to the snob in you – maybe it’s the Sunday Magazine or the Week in Review – or maybe it’s the fact that you won’t find Target coupons thumbing through the Arts section.

On this particular morning, a ringing phone disturbs your moment of grandeur. You check caller ID and discover it’s a seldom-encountered friend. Unsure of what to expect, you answer only to hear a blubbering voice on the other end of the line. Your friend is unloading on the events of the weekend, the past week and maybe even the month when you realize you’ve been suckered into a Confessional […]

By |December 23rd, 2011|home, stories|0 Comments

the beauty of imperfection

There’s something about the Mona Lisa that
captivates us. Her image is a combination of half-smile and half-sneer. In her
imperfection, she is flawless. Were Michelangelo to have painted her perfectly
purring at us, I contend we would have found her much less fascinating. So why is that we are obsessed with perfection
in our own lives but make allowances for imperfection all around us?

A tragic flaw is engrained in our cellular memory that causes us to set ourselves up for failure. It’s the perfection trap. We’re taught early on in life that there is a “right” way and a “wrong” way to perform most every task. Programmed from youth, we take a side – right or wrong, and run with it. As we age, we even think that there is such a thing
as a perfect relationship. So we look for the princess or knight to complete our perfect storybook ending.

Is it any wonder that we fail at these […]

By |December 13th, 2011|home, stories|1 Comment