New Journals

I love journals. I could wax on and on about journals. I’ve kept one of my own (or two) since I was about 14 years old. I’ve used it as a learning tool when teaching, a support for executive coaching, a place to record crazy ideas, dreams and frustrations. A new journal is the epitome…

Get up high enough to see . . .

“In every landscape, the point of astonishment is the meeting of the sky and the earth. Beauty breaks in everywhere.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature I love Emerson as much as I love Thoreau (aka “Live deep and suck the marrow out of life” guy). I think there’s something in these writings for everyone, and even…

On Purpose, or On Perfect?

Seattle skyline at sunrise   Each morning, even before I’m fully awake, I say to myself: “I intend to live my life on purpose.” Sometimes I even say it out loud. It means that I will strive to emerge into the day and be conscious, aware, engaged and purposeful in my actions and interactions, purposeful…

Mahalo In The Midst Of Sadness

Mahalo   All day long my quiet thoughts. To venture out into drumming storm streets deep, no use for umbrellas. Oahu, I have placed myself on the lip of loneliness again.   I will go out, now, as the teacher said, to be baptized by the rain.   I like the way mahalo sounds, which…

Libby Wagner selected as 2014 Nellie Cashman Women Business Owner of the Year Finalist

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   Seattle, WA – April 24, 2014 – The Women Business Owners (WBO), Puget Sound’s leading organization for women entrepreneurs, has named Seattle’s Libby Wagner a finalist for the 2014 Nellie Cashman Woman Business Owner of the Year award.   Since 1982, WBO has recognized and honored Puget Sound area women…

Today I Remember September

  September   Today I remember September: The dust rising up as we walked, Sometimes alone, sometimes in pairs, Travelers all, from far-flung continents, pilgrims on this particular journey. Each day like a dream, one after the other unfolding.   It’s true then, you never know how something will change you, only that it will….

Why Hire A Poet to Help Your Company?

Recently, I found myself on a blind date. After the awkward settling in at the table, perfunctory introductions and basics, my date began talking about his business, his travels to Japan, his grown children, his previous jobs, his hobbies. I really was trying to focus, but his voice had this lulling effect. Finally, he seemed to remember that he didn’t actually know me…

Let Me Be Able For This

    …Which is why I rise early in the pre-dawn before anyone, or anything can tell me otherwise, and I send this wish out on quiet consonants, over rooftops, the mountains in the distance, pink with hope and honor. Let me be able for this… – Excerpt from ‘Somehow’ from Somehow: New and Selected…

The Conversation

      How are you holding the conversation with your life? Sometimes we feel like outsiders to our own existence, going through the motions, paying alms at the Church of Busyness and exhausted by a sense of overwhelm. How can you enter into this relationship with yourself, your work and your time in a…

Conversational Leadership

I’m excited to share a completely new and different opportunity for those who are looking for the ultimate professional development opportunity! I will be collaborating with the poet David Whyte, as well as brilliant organizational development experts Craig Fleck and Mitch Saunders, as a member of the Invitas faculty. I invite you to join us…