mindfulness


happy at work, find flow
“If you want to be happy at work, find flow.” You’ve probably heard this advice before. But, what is flow? Let’s go to the source. In this book note, I summarize the key elements of flow as described in Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. He and his colleagues have conducted numerous studies…

Stacy’s Book Note: Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience


sense of wonder
As our lives get busier and our reliance on technology grows, our connection with nature becomes even more precious. As I’ve done in the past, I’ve opted for a quick and easy read as summer approaches. This time, I’m hoping key takeaways from The Sense of Wonder by Rachel Carson will help you get outdoors as much as you can.…

Stacy’s Book Note: The Sense of Wonder




I walked into my office last week to find that a bee was trapped between the two panes of the office window. It had flown in the window, which was open slightly at the bottom, and then had evidently tried to fly out. It seemed that it had tried to fly upward, toward the sky,…

How My Daughter Stopped Me From Killing (a Bee), and Other “Buzzing” Thoughts


Focus, emotions and performance
Daniel Goleman presents ideas about focus, emotions and performance in his book, Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence, Given that he is probably better known for being the author of Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ it isn’t surprising that his book on focus also delves into emotions. In the book, he describes three kinds of…

Stacy’s Book Note: Focus


I confess that I never really used to like San Francisco. I apologize to my dear friends and everyone else I know who lives here. I had visited the city many times, and while there were moments when I sensed or had glimmers of its appeal, I never quite understood why it is so beloved.…

Traveling at the Speed of Children



Looking ahead to Father’s Day, I’d like to share one of my father’s favorite stories about his father. My dad said that while growing up, he sometimes felt he was in the shadow of his younger brother. My uncle was both quick-witted and fast on his feet and, therefore, quite popular. One day, my grandfather…

Fathers and Flowers: The Need to Feel Understood