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I write a new story and/or missive on the art and how-to of storytelling once or twice a month, both to practice my craft and for your reading pleasure. Enter your email here to receive these straight to your inbox. 

June 20, 2019

It's HIGH time we talk about a widespread problem we've been witnessing lately. 

Let's call it a problem of imagination. 

In the book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, biologist and historian Yuval Noah Harari credits the unique ability of homo sapiens to c...

March 24, 2019

Have you ever felt the need to let go of a particular person or thing that's outlived its role in your life...

... But feared that if you did, you'd feel lost, confused, and unsure of yourself? 

If the answer is yes -- congratulations! You're a human being, after al...

March 18, 2019

Sitting on the third-story catwalk in the courtyard of a colonial-style Airbnb, beneath the warm gaze of the ever-vigilant Panecillo that keeps watch over Quito’s Old Town, my phone pings with a new WhatsApp message: 

“I just raised $8 million for the impact fund.”


March 3, 2019

Perhaps it's happened to you before that you've become possessed by an inspired idea or vision for your future; something that tickles your imagination and gets your heart-blood pumping...

And then, once that initial surge of clarity has passed (or been expelled into so...

February 24, 2019

At the start of a new year, everyone and their mother wants to talk about change. 

Changing habits, changing results, changing impact.

But come the end of February, 90% of people will have already lapsed back into the same old habits and patterns that their more con...

February 17, 2019

The shrill cry of cicadas and the squelching of wet mud around rubber boots fill my ears, as six of us trudge uphill through pitch-black jungle at 4:15 in the morning. 

Arriving 20 minutes later at a neighbor's hut, which is enormous and hand-th...

February 10, 2019

By the time you read this, I'll have ducked into an unmarked van at 5:30 in the morning, been driven 4 hours southeast of Quito as the sun rises, stuffed my 25-lb weight allowance into a teeny tiny prop plane, soared east over the Amazon basin, and paddled a canoe deep...

February 3, 2019

Do you have any idea how many lives you've impacted, by virtue of going about your life in a way that's authentic to you? 

The poet Mary Oliver passed away a couple weeks ago, having no idea how much her work (which she mostly created in solitude over the course of many...

January 27, 2019

The other day I received a one-line email from a favorite client and friend: 

"Note the 'Own Your Story' workshop below..." was all it said. 

I scrolled and clicked and found myself face-to-virtual-face with another fabulous woman, making a name for herself by givin...

January 20, 2019

The story I have for you this week is about what happens when your client starts to get cagey about MONEY.

It's on the longer side, but if you are responsible for selling your services, dream of being in business for yourself, or just want to grow your money...

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