Saying Yes: Notes from a Gypsy Traveler

Recently, I’ve considered adopting the French response to meeting someone—enchantée—in place of “nice to meet you.” It feels infinitely better to say, “I’m enchanted . . .” doesn’t it? I was enchanted by my time in Sancerre, France.  Every day, I studied French with my teachers Marianne and Guillame, practiced my exercises at Marco’s house…

Owning It: Your Voice, Your Work, Your Life

    It’s great to have my new TEDx talk live on YouTube!As a poet, speaker and consultant, this was an important goal of mine and I’m delighted that I got to work with the great group at Centennial Women in Atlanta. It’s got me thinking about a few things that are important which I…

The Mindful Marketer: Interview with Lisa Nirell

  This week I interviewed Lisa Nirell, author of the award winning book, The Mindful Marketer: How to Stay Present and Profitable in a Data-Driven World. Here is our conversation.   Libby: How do you see your work as the expert on “mindful marketing” as distinct from other marketing approaches? Lisa: Unlike “how-to” marketing books…

Facebook TMI

Surely, someone is already writing an expose’ of the phenomenon of Facebook. The unlikeliness of “friends,” be my friend, unfriend. The absurd and sometimes surprising reconnection with very old friends, especially those from grade school or high school whom, especially if you’re me and you’ve moved and moved, you truly never thought you’d see again…

Pigeon Distraction

I’m talking sternly to the pigeon through the window glass, knocking and making eye contact. I know she hears me. Trying to get my one thousand words, trying to write a poem about trust, and she’s coo-coo-cooing on her nest. Perhaps this is some comfort, the sounds she makes resonating through her feathered bottom to…

Everything a Prayer

I’ve always wondered at Alan’s story of embracing a faith later in life. It’s not so important which faith or what religion, but that he seemed to make both an intellectual and emotional decision about his continued existence and practice based on the realization that he had indeed been praying his whole life, and that…

Integration of History and Traditions

I remember standing in the cool quiet of the Cusco Cathedral of Santo Domingo, despite the number of visitors to one of Peru’s most famous landmarks. Our guide, Camila, whose enthusiastic English made you love Peru immediately because she loved Peru, led us around various chapels noting the ancient Inca stones at the foundations of…

February

This morning, the moon woke me up through the western window. February winds outside the bare branches of the lilac clicking against each other, no buds. February is funny that way—a few days of warmer weather, the shoots of tulips and daffodil pressing up through winter soil, and we imagine spring. But it’s not yet…

Football: Poetry in Motion

The Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl on Sunday. I was so happy for my city, having never won the Lombardi trophy before, and I was happy for the players, and Coach Carroll, and the families of the players and the 12th Man fans. It was exciting and a wonderful example of tenacity, focus and…