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The Brain Alchemist

May 2010

I went to a book store in a local mall the other day. As I was passing a small chocolate shop, a huge sign in front – “Store Closing – Sale 50-70% off”- caught my eye.  Inside the shop, there was a commotion of people that you’d expect to see on a Valentine’s Day.  It […]


David Weinberger wrote, “Business is a conversation because the defining work of business is conversation – literally.”  Conversations are as natural to us as air or water.  We engage in them every day without giving it much thought.  But when the air becomes polluted or the water is scarce, we, all of a sudden, recognize […]

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Influence starts with a human connection

by Anastasia on May 18, 2010

“Only through our connectedness to others can we really know and enhance the self. And only through working on the self can we begin to enhance our connectedness to others.” ~ Harriet Goldhor Lerner Important relationships, service, and influence all start with a human connection.   John Ryan, president of the Center for Creative Leadership, talks […]

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Why Bizarre Fashion Ads Grab Attention

by Anastasia on May 14, 2010

It’s been four years since I received Vogue in the mail.  The birth of my daughter, several moves and other priorities took time away from this element of self-indulgence.  Nevertheless, I still remember how flipping through those glossy pages made me feel.  Like Carrie Bradshaw proclaimed in “Sex and the City,” spending a leisurely morning […]


I am a dog owner, and it is not a stretch for me to accept that my dog has feelings (that’s him in the picture).  He seems so happy to see me when I come home, his tail tracing a big smile in the air.  He is playful after a good walk.  And he tosses […]