November 2009

Nov 30, 2009 12

Issues of focus

I’m not sure if it was my friend, Merlin, who led the charge, but at some point, many of us, myself, included, gave up on streamlining, optimizing and other kinds of organizational navel-gazing and started turning our attention to attention. What it was made of. What obscured it. What attracted ours. As things accelerate and […]

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Referral Friday is an ongoing series inspired by John Jantsch’s Make-a-Referral Week. For more about that, and loads more referrals for everything from cobblers to coaches to gee-tar teachers, start here. Pass it on, baby! Just because I’m decluttering, doesn’t mean I can’t shop! I just (mostly) buy consumable goods, by which I mean shit […]

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When I had few things I collected them to fill the spaces that felt scary and fix me in space so I would not float away Now I have things enough to know you collect nothing but are yourself the collection All the thoughts you’ve thought and the feelings you’ve felt and the stories you’ve […]

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A thus-far monthly but forever occasional round-up of what I’ve been up to and what I plan to be. For full credits and details, see this entry. Colleen of the future (places I’ll be) The Monthly Los Angeles Biznik Meet-Up at Jerry’s Possibly the last L.A. Biznik Meetup of 2009! Join me, the lovely and […]

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Retailers’ ambitious notions of seasons aside, as of this week we officially slide into the most demanding part of the year, otherwise known as “that infernal holiday season.” Me, I like a good party and a wee bit of revelry as much as the next gal. But Thanksgiving-to-New-Year’s here in the West is big, demanding […]

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A summary of two experiences: a hospital bed epiphany in Los Angeles, and the Portland event where I finally told the story aloud. Includes video!

Posted in: The Quotidian Ones

Referral Friday is an ongoing series inspired by John Jantsch’s Make-a-Referral Week. For more about that, and loads more referrals for everything from cobblers to coaches to gee-tar teachers, start here. Pass it on, baby! When I was announcing to people in L.A. and environs that I was heading up to Portland, they’d invariably ask, […]

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To take away subtract remove excavate To open up share extend love To choose with care tend to with patience mind with attention To ask each and every time “Is this the truth?” and to go back and ask again until it is What will you possess apply to the enormous task in front of […]

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Nov 18, 2009 13

Burrowing time

When your head is down and you’re doing the work, and you must, if work is to get done, allot great swaths of head-down time, you will start to think you’re going nuts. I’m not talking abut the hard-work times when you throw yourself into something to make it: the writing of the five-minute, 20-slide […]

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For the record, throwing yourself out there does not get easier. Because while you get more practiced at doing it, the hurling is still effortful and terrifying and completely unnatural in feeling. On the other hand, not throwing yourself out there gets easier and easier each time you don’t do it. Or do do it. […]

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