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The Majestic and the Minuscule

November 28, 2022

I love to get out in the country, away from the city lights, to take in the majesty of the Milky Way. Here it is in a wonderful picture taken over the Black Sea by Bulgarian photographer Jasmine K. You can see the spiral arm the Earth sits inside, spinning itself into an ineffable universe. …

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Stay on Track!

November 21, 2022

Sometimes life is about perseverance and staying the course. It’s one of the hardest lessons because it means persisting through setbacks, and when they’re happening it’s easy to get lost in the setting back. That’s when you have to have some kind of compass to guide you through, whether it’s the longing of your own …

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Grace

November 14, 2022

I was in Manhattan last week to meet with the Ad Council (of Rosie the Riveter and Smokey the Bear fame), United Jewish Appeal, and the Jed Foundation. As I walked the streets, one building seemed to jump out at me, the Grace building. The letters loomed large, G R A C E. My sister, …

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Transiting Worlds

November 7, 2022

From the back country woods of Virginia to downtown Manhattan in 72 hours. We all have experienced going from one world to another. How does the human brain do it? It could be as subtle as going from the classroom to the office, or home to work. Different mores, norms, and taboos – no problem! …

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Keystones

October 31, 2022

As I have written before, a keystone is a wedge-shaped stone at the very top of an arch. It was the last piece to be placed in the construction and completes the curved structure. The other stones push against it and as a result the arch does not collapse. This is why it is key, …

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Balance

October 24, 2022

For many years I provided leadership training at the Goddard Space Flight Center. During that time, I had the opportunity to deliver two keynotes at a retreat …

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Pacing

October 17, 2022

The tree above has been dripping sap for days on a trail I regularly take. It’s been dripping sap for years. It’s just this one drip that …

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Taking Action

October 10, 2022

I am at the Snowbird resort outside Salt Lake City. The drive was gorgeous as fall foliage was peaking up the mountainsides. Golden trees everywhere, punctuated by …

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Overcoming Thresholds

October 3, 2022

Next week I will be facilitating a Design Summit for the Grand Challenge to eliminate the stigma around mental health and substance use disorders. We have 115 …

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Work that Matters

September 26, 2022

October 9-11 we launch the national network to eliminate the stigma around mental health and substance use disorders, Stop Stigma Together. It’s an amazing Grand Challenge that …

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Social Artistry

September 19, 2022

My wife, Laura Baron, is a music video social artist. In 2013 she produced A Little Note, using the soundtrack to the song that won Best Song …

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Bee-lieve It

September 5, 2022

In my 30s, I trained in search and rescue and got my Wilderness First Responder certificate, the industry standard for professional guides and trip leaders. I was …

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Stepping Out

August 22, 2022

When I went on this last camping trip, I rented a 2014 Jeep Wrangler because the last time I took my car up these mountain roads, I …

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Wilderness with Kaya

August 15, 2022

In the picture above my canine companion, Kaya, is drinking from a mountain stream on our recent trip up into the Adirondacks of upstate New York. I …

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Older Monday Morning Mojo Posts

Wilderness Week

August 8, 2022

The Fruits of Our Labor

August 1, 2022

Climbing Forward

July 25, 2022

Ritual & Spontaneity

July 18, 2022

14th Amendment

July 11, 2022

Fireworks!

July 4, 2022

A Deer Approach

June 27, 2022

Juneteenth

June 20, 2022

One Step at a Time

June 13, 2022

Celebrating Relationships

June 5, 2022

Memorial Day

May 30, 2022

Acknowledgement

May 23, 2022

Mental Health

May 16, 2022

Watching Silly Videos

May 2, 2022

Preparing for a Challenge

April 25, 2022

Hidden Surprises

April 18, 2022

Mental Health Anti-Stigma Grand Challenge

April 11, 2022

Just a Little Bit

April 4, 2022

Pi Day

March 28, 2022

Camping Season has Arrived

March 21, 2022
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