November 2013

First time I had a 9-5 job, on the heels of a showbiz career that came with a more mercurial schedule, I was stumped. I mean, how did people function between 3 and 5 in the afternoon? By then I was fully spent. I just faked my way to the end of the day.

I have since built up some stamina. But I am also describing my daily pulse.

My daily pulse is likely different from your daily pulse.

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Manohla Dargis, film critic for the New York Times, is enraptured.

The just-released Italian movie “The Great Beauty,” she swoons, is deliriously alive.
No worries, we’re not heading into a film review here. But I am instantly seduced by the phrase deliriously alive.
Deliriously alive.

It makes me want to run and see the movie. Such is the power of energized language.

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I wait in a TSA line at Boston Logan Airport, inching my way toward the front, when I notice a man and a woman.

They’re standing next to each other, laughing, bantering back and forth.

The man takes the palm of his right hand, playfully places it on the woman’s forehead for a quick second.

Give me some of that energy, he says and withdraws the hand.

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A sliver of space.

I love that phrase and cannot take credit for it. It is a gift from my friend Alli Polin.

Do you make sure you have your slivers of space? Alli asked in a tweet.

I knew exactly what she was talking about. I had just had a coaching chat with Steve, CFO of global high-tech firm. I simply never have time to do everything I am supposed to do on any given day, Steve says.

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