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Different … Yet Just The Same

Different … Yet Just The Same

The most profound insights come when you least expect them. Maybe that’s why we remember the moment they’re born and continue to ponder them as we grow. I certainly wasn’t expecting it when I sat down for dinner in Prague in the Czech Republic.  We were one of 10...

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Nothing New About Normal

Nothing New About Normal

Recently, there seems to be a increased longing to arrive at a “new normal.”  And I personally “get” that longing. It even has a tinge of feeling progressive on the surface – so much more insightful than just wanting to get “back to normal.”  Yet is it? No doubt, this...

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An Opportunity for Clarity

An Opportunity for Clarity

When I created The Porch, now almost two decades ago, I wanted it to be a place to gather for a meaningful pause from all of our busyness. It was simply a tiny attempt to bring more clarity to the deeper issues of business and life. Little did I know, 20 years later,...

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Magical Memories

Magical Memories

I can remember it … just like it was yesterday.  It’s a phrase I’ve heard hundreds of times and used many times myself. Memories do light the corners of our mind. It’s hard for me to even hear the word “memories” without clearly recalling the hit song from Barbara...

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Epiphany in America

Epiphany in America

This isn’t The Porch reflection I intended to share on this First Thursday of the New Year. I had been reflecting on 2020 and had been relishing-in (or fantasizing-about) thoughts of new beginnings. Yet, yesterday in America, the 6th day of a New Year – it all felt...

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The Truth on Tradition

The Truth on Tradition

Let me just say it upfront:  I love tradition!  And let me repeat that:  I really love tradition!! Traditions are, in fact, meaningful repetitions. No doubt, you can think of numerous traditions that you have embraced and enjoyed throughout your own life journey....

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Lost and Found

Lost and Found

This past Monday, I was on a Zoom gathering when a woman shared what she had read in a column in the newspaper the day before.  While she set the context, I was curious about what she seemed so ready to share.  I was ready to process it intellectually and was...

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Let’s Gather ‘Round

Let’s Gather ‘Round

I often think of a quote, that I first read a couple of decades ago, in a book titled Management of the Absurd. Actually, what I remember is a paraphrased version that spoke to me more directly: Most every weakness that one experiences can almost always be traced to a...

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