June 29, 2009
There’s a whimsical scene in Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets where the boy wizard is waiting in Professor Dumbledore’s office to speak with the headmaster. He notices many curious and amazing devices, but he also notices a sickly looking bird in a cage. Just as Harry is most anxious about not messing up anything in the office, the bird bursts into flames. Soon afterwards Professor Dumbledore enters. Instead of being upset, he is delighted that his pet phoenix, recently cantankerous in old age, has finally died so he can be reborn from his ashes as a young and spry chick. It’s ashes time for the Travel Log.
June 20, 2009
A week ago Wednesday our internet connection went down during severe thunderstorms. It wasn’t back up until Monday afternoon this week. That meant I spent nearly a week without access to e-mail or online forums or search engines. Since most of my interaction as a coach and consultant is through the internet, I felt disconnected, almost invisible. But the forced break got me to think a lot about the value of planning and taking real breaks from my routine.
June 10, 2009
There seems to be a divide in the United States, more or less down the middle, that flies under the radar. It’s not out in the open like the much-touted red-blue divide of this decade. It’s not about marriage or choice or any other hotly debated values-based topic. It’s not even something simple and fun, like Ford vs. Chevy or Pepsi vs. Coke. It’s insidious, and it defines some people very deeply.