Monday, February 12, 2018

Weekend roundup

Dinners, coffee shops, Anderson Cooper live, a boat show, walks, movies and down-time.   It was great and I felt filled with the certainty that my new life is a good one. 

“The rainbow comes and goes. Enjoy it while it lasts. Don’t be surprised by its departure, and rejoice when it returns. There is so much to be joyful about, so many different kinds of rainbows in one’s life: making love is an incredible rainbow, as is falling in love; knowing friendship; being able to really talk with someone who has a problem and say something that will help; waking up in the morning, looking out, and seeing a tree that has suddenly blossomed, like the one I have outside my window—what joy that brings. It may seem a small thing, but rainbows come in all sizes. I think about Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz singing, about where “bluebirds fly,” and Jan Peerce singing about “a bluebird of happiness.” Well, they may never find it, they may never reach it, and that’s okay. The searching, that’s what I think life is really all about. Don’t you?"  - Anderson Cooper
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Monday, February 5, 2018

Our community - Superbowl 2018

I do not underestimate the ease in which a community comes together.  Our neighborhood in Cambridge is starting to really come together - Joseph feels it, I feel it.  He brought out all of his toys and so generously shared them with the kids.   Families brought plenty of food and drink, kids spun on chairs and chased each other in the hallway, adults talked about summer camp choices and vacations and the game.  Nobody complained.  It was an evening out for kids and their parents - slowly but surely building a sense of togetherness and support.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Ram Chara: Know-how

How to spot future leaders: (Ram Chara)
  • They consistently deliver ambitious results
  • They continuously demonstrate growth, adaptability, and learning better and faster than their excellently performing peers
  • They seize the opportunity for challenging, bigger assignments, thereby expanding capability and capacity and improving judgment
  • They have the ability to think through the business and take leaps of imagination to grow the business
  • They are driven to take things to the next level
  • Their powers of observation are very acute, forming judgments of people by focusing on their decisions, behaviors, and actions, rather than relying on initial reactions and gut instincts; they can mentally detect and construct the "DNA" of a person
  • They come to the point succinctly, are clear thinkers, and have the courage to state a point-of-view even though listeners may react adversely
  • They ask incisive questions that open minds and incite the imagination
  • The perceptively judge their own direct reports, have the courage to give them honest feedback so the direct reports grow; they dig into a cause and effect if a direct report is failing
  • They know the non-negotiable criteria of the job of their direct reports and match the job with the person; if there is a mismatch they deal with it promptly.
  • They are able to spot talent and see the "God's gift" of other individuals

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Life Science Cares

Attended an event last night which showcased 19 Boston-area charitable groups and their various opportunities for volunteering and other involvement.  It's always uplifting to hear about these organizations and the important work they do.

Philanthropy is an important part of my identity.  Among my personal goals for 2018 is to increase my charitable efforts.  I'd like to coordinate two drives in my workplace and do a minimum of 12 hours of hands on volunteering.  By writing down measurable goals, I hope to hold myself more accountable.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Lonesome Lake, White Mountains

My first hike in New Hampshire's White Mountains (despite living less than 2 hours away my entire life -- better late than never!).  We hiked to Lonesome Lake, about 1800 feet.  It wasn't easy but it was fun and the trail ended at a beautiful, frozen lake, nestled between pine trees.  I really enjoyed myself and will certainly look for opportunities to do it more often.

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” - John Muir   

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Ursula Leguin

Please bring strange things.
Please come bringing new things.
Let very old things come into your hands.
Let what you do not know come into your eyes.
Let desert sand harden your feet.
Let the arch of your feet be the mountains.
Let the paths of your fingertips be your maps
And the ways you go be the lines of your palms.
Let there be deep snow in your inbreathing
And your outbreath be the shining of ice.
May your mouth contain the shapes of strange words.
May you smell food cooking you have not eaten.
May the spring of a foreign river be your navel.
May your soul be at home where there are no houses.
Walk carefully, well-loved one,
Walk mindfully, well-loved one,
Walk fearlessly, well-loved one.
Return with us, return to us,
Be always coming home.

---Ursula K. Leguin, famed writer who passed away today leaving the legacy of her work.