Harken Spring: Yale Cellos & Chamber Music

Dubbed "the gateway to New England," Connecticut is itself a state of diverse attractions. Beyond the spectacular flora and fauna (about which I publish often) are the world class performing arts. In the spring, my favorite is the music at Yale University in New Haven, easily accessed from both thoroughfares and our intrastate country roads.…

The Kitchen Table Tells Your Tale

You see, food doesn’t fib. It narrates your story just as it happened. Today, I sautéed onions and sweet red peppers in olive oil, and when they were soft, I added three leaves of sage I had grown last summer and froze for this purpose. I cracked in three egg whites beat with freshly ground black pepper and a dash of grated Parmesan cheese. As it gelled in the pan, I added some cubed fresh mozzarella. That went alongside a toasted slice of sesame-encrusted semolina bread with fig jam. That’s what my Italian grandparents ate, except they used the egg yolks and basil instead of sage. Those healthy and culinary changes were the revisions I created over several years.

Here? There? Where’s My Little Bear?

I spent the next day at my window to see what other miracle was in the offing and what other myths about black bears might be dispelled before my eyes. I was not disappointed. My bear had come out of the rock cave and was leisurely padding around, stopping to rub her neck on a nearby Douglas fir tree. Research into the behavior of black bears catapulted to the top of my “to do” list. And it was a good thing because I saw that bear almost daily for the next six weeks. And yes, she saw me.

Afraid of “Blanking Out” When Speaking Publicly? Three Tips to Turn that Pause into a Powerplay

In my thirty years of representing and coaching public speakers at all levels I’ve seen few actually “blank out.”  Five, to be precise.  That’s five people out of approximately five thousand.  It’s rare and therefore highly unlikely you will “blank out” at the podium.  Think about it.  You're asked to give a talk, deliver a…

Speaking of Commencement Speakers …

It's time to start planning.  High school, trade school, college or university, commencement is a big deal and a big day for graduates, their families, faculty, administrators and alumni.  Whether you're inviting a commencement speaker to your 2018 ceremony or whether you're invited to be the commencement speaker, it's time to consider your approach.  Here…

Social Media and Communication Infantilization?

Lately though, seeing many coeds go immediately to their phones and tablets during break and as class ends,  I wonder how long they've been voluntary and friendly hostages to social media platforms - platforms that may be conditioning them to be passive in their learning and to "react."  You know this drill; view a post and be cued: "Like and share if you agree."  That's social media-speak for "pass along someone else's viewpoint" - an anemic substitute for individual expression.