Baseball Buddha

Baseball Buddha

To field a ground ball must be considered a generous act… This bit of wisdom, gleaned from baseball, is from Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding, a novel which features a ballplayer’s bible by the same name. The main character, Henry Skrimshander, is a college...
Sustenance for The Holidays

Sustenance for The Holidays

Dear Maria, I write a weekly advice column on my blog. It’s published on Thursdays, and on Fridays it goes out to my readers via email and on social media. This week, I missed my deadline because of Thanksgiving and other work commitments. Have I blown it with my...
Flying Solo with a Paycheck

Flying Solo with a Paycheck

Dear Maria, I’m with a small start-up company in a growing industry. We’ve had our ups and downs, and recently had to lay off several employees. This is the third layoff in as many years, and so far, I’ve survived the cuts. This last layoff was really hard on me. I...

I’ve Got [the Muse] Under My Skin

A song for recovering creatives: Julia Cameron nurtures and shoves Recovering Creatives out of the nest in her seminal work, The Artist’s Way. This Frank Sinatra standard celebrates the internal tug-of-war the Creative has with the Muse: pulling between expression and...