Collaboration: The key to growing your blog & social media presence

I stumbled onto the power of collaboration by accident but, boy, am I glad I did....more

Struggling to Finish a Project? Form Your Own Writing Team

I love the stereotypical image of a writer: A solitary figure, holed up somewhere chain smoking and drinking buckets of booze coffee, surrounded by piles of books and articles and balled up manuscripts. Or enigmatically penning the next great American novel in a coffee shop, maybe in a black turtleneck, but definitely all alone. Loneliness. The part about writing that sucks the most. Or not. ...more


It’s funny how stories have a way of drifting up into your memory from your childhood when you are meditating and reflecting on a specific word or practice. As you may have figured out by now, the theme for this month is connection and I have been working on being intentional this month about practicing seeing the connections in my life. I hope you have as well....more

Finding flow in collaboration

 We started after breakfast, me unpacking colored paper, a pad of poster-sized pages, and a collection of happy office supplies (highlighters, markers, gel pens, post-its, tabbies, and eraser tape, for those who like that sort of thing, like me).On sheets of pink, green, purple and blue, I scribbled out our rough plot lines and separately, lists of characters....more

Collaboration - Two Heads are Better than One

Working alone can sometimes be easier, but working collaboratively can bring out the best in you and others around you.  Be sure to start off on the right foot and the sky's the limit!•    •    •    •    •There are many mornings when the phone rings and the voice on the other end  says, "Help!...more

It's Dark In Here - Underground

This is my follow-up piece to Rachael’s short story It’s Dark In Here by John de GruytherIt’s under the ground“It’s alive, It’s alive”Thunder clapsAnd lightning boltsDr. Sam and the beagles who smokeIn her mad-eyed enthusiasmShe chews on gumInjecting needles into warm monkey fleshScrawny rats twitch and respond...more

Interview with Deborah Perry Piscione, Secrets of Silicon Valley Author

After almost two decades working in Washington DC on Capitol Hill, in The White House, and in the media as a political commentator for CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC, Deborah Perry Piscione moved to Silicon Valley. What she discovered there shocked her. The hidden secrets inherent in the unique ecosystem that is Silicon Valley are ones that everyone could benefit from. This is what inspired her to write Secrets of Silicon Valley: What Everyone Else Can Learn From the Innovation Capital of the World. ...more
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Making jam with my Grannies: Learning about collaboration, leading and following

This month, I am reflecting on work as part of the Blogher NaBloPoMo challenge. And I sure have a lot to say on the topic when it comes to my job at the University. But if I really think about it, one way I really learned how to work was by watching my Granny and my Grandmother work hard for the family through providing nourishment and healing.Often, this involved growing things and cooking things, but what comes to mind most is jam. Yes, you read that right, jam as in sour cherry jam, quince jam, gooseberry jam or raspberry jam. No jelly need apply....more

Block Party

It's small town America. Mayberry was a metropolis by comparison.  We are more like Green Acres, without the talking pig. Three elected members make up the town council.  The town council decides which one of them will be Mayor. That's how I became First Lady of Indiahoma. A post office, a school, a cafe and the Indy Superette, but no police. There are six churches and no bars....more

Fuzzy Love

Works everytime:  28 sec  Allways Options is women collaborating to create solutions for personal, professional and global balance....more