Peace and Tranquility?

Peacocks are beautiful.  Sure.  But, did you know that they sound like a dying cat at sunrise? Don’t let their beauty fool you!  I never knew they made such noise. Nor did I care, actually, until they woke me up three bright-and-early mornings in a row on my recent staycation on Sentosa, a small Singaporean resort island 20 minutes from …

Some Monkeys Mean Trouble

Living in the the tropics definitely has both its up-side and its challenges.  This urbanized jungle near the equator contains a variety of creatures, fauna and flora, that I never witnessed in the wild growing up in the US.  In fact, just yesterday, a family of monkeys decided to swing by and say hello, much …

Channeling My Inner Hippie

Do you ever get that nagging voice somewhere from deep within that says, “there is more that you are meant to do in this world?”  The older I get, the louder these voices seem to be.  I call it my “inner hippie” speaking.  Sometimes I listen, sometimes life seems to get in the way.  But …

The Empathetic Ice Queen?

In my career over the last 20 years, I have been described as both an “Ice Queen” and a “Highly Empathetic Leader.”   How is it possible that one person can be viewed at such opposite ends of the empathy pole?  To be fair, the ice queen comment came from my much earlier days as …

Saving the World

Sometimes it overwhelms me – like this morning when I was sitting quietly on a bench in Central Park in New York City taking in all of the sites and sounds around me. I don’t know how to describe it quite right.  There is a scene in the 1997 end of the world sci-fi movie …