The art of the Sunday dinner party

Several years ago, I met a charming, soft spoken man who forever upgraded my definition of what a truly welcoming host could be.  This person was a lover of all people, threw the best parties, and was a world-class connector.  His name was Jim Haynes (a.k.a. The Man...

Does anyone really want to converse anymore?

I’ve had a lot on my mind these last months.  Guessing you have, too.  So I’ll get to my point.  I need your advice.  As many of you know, I’ve been working on my second book. It’s about how to have more meaningful and memorable conversations....

Priceless lessons on conversation and connection

Some people insist on enjoying the journey as much as the destination. I’m one of those people. (Maybe you can relate?)  So, in working on my new book on conversation and connection (ironically, during a pandemic, when most opportunities for in-person...

Is it time to curate your social media feed?

Had it with all the stress, negativity, and uncertainty in the world?  Here’s something I’m doing right now in an effort to “curate” a better, more energizing, inspiring, and pleasant social media experience for myself… I’m making a...

The Benefits of Conversations with Strangers

After four months of pandemic lockdown, we did something a little crazy recently. We went on a vacation. That’s right. Amidst this unprecedented time of uncertainty and social distancing my boyfriend Mark and I took a trip. We decided it was the perfect summer...

Courtesy, grace, and kindness matter more than ever

No journalism class has ever suggested the use of “Hello! How are you doing?” as the ideal example of a gripping lead.  But this isn’t journalism class.  I’m offering a sincere “Hello! How are you doing?” because I mean it. ...