Archive for October, 2012

What Losing My Little Sister Taught Me about Mortality

Maybe I’m a bit selfish, but even amid the damage that everyone else is suffering from the hurricane, I can’t help but think about the fact that today would have been my sister’s 30th birthday. Her name was Corinne Danielle Baldwin, and she was born on October 29th, 1982. It happened “just like that.” Corinne […]

Why Big Groups are More Intimate than Small Ones

I used to buy into a myth about business networking groups: namely, that a group should stay small. I have participated in a number of different groups, some ongoingly and some on a one-time basis. In 2007, I tended to shy away from groups of more than 20 people and gravitate toward groups of 10 […]

Benefits of Volunteering for Leadership Roles

I used to avoid leadership roles like the plague. Whenever someone asked me to take a position on a committee, my first thought would be “What kind of a sucker do they think I am, trying to get me to do their dirty work?” It took me awhile to realize that my cynicism was not […]

“How’s Business?”

I don’t like this question. I don’t ask it of other people, and I don’t appreciate when people ask it of me. As far as I’m concerned, it’s not an appropriate thing to ask someone at a casual networking event. See, here’s the problem. In a cocktail party mixer, the intent is to create light […]

NaNoWriMo 2012: Your Input is Needed!

For those of you not familiar, NaNoWriMo is shorthand for National Novel Writing Month. I have participated privately for the last two years, meeting with mixed results. NaNoWriMo is a great resource for writers struggling to motivate themselves to write. The challenge parameters are simple: write a 50,000-word draft in 30 days. When you do […]

“I Remember”

This is a poem that I quickly composed during Alice Osborn‘s poetry workshop a couple of months ago. It got me inspired and showed me that I had more poetic potential than I might have previously guessed. I Remember I remember sixteen-color video games I remember illegal fireworks in July I remember eggshells on the […]