The Worry List: Staying Present in Face of (Un)Certain Peril. (Part1)

The Worry List: Staying Present in Face of (Un)Certain Peril. (Part1)


It’s three in the morning in Cusco, Peru, and I am unable to sleep. My heart is pounding in triple time. My hands and feet are in a cold sweat. I am hyperventilating, and my stomach is doing somersaults. It might be hard for an outside observer to detect why: I’m in a cozy hotel … Read More


The Worry List: Staying Present in Face of (Un)Certain Peril. (Part Two)

The Worry List: Staying Present in Face of (Un)Certain Peril. (Part Two)


When last we met, it was 3 AM in Cusco, Peru, and I was wide-awake, feeling like I was going to die of anxiety. All day, I had been haunted by the voice of the ferret-like travel doctor: “Altitude sickness can be very serious.” So, at dinner, to calm myself, I took a Diamox, which … Read More


Be in this moment

Be in this moment


Here is a sample thought I had last week as I drifted off to sleep in beautiful sunny Southern California on a recent work trip: “Should I go to this football game in LA on the Saturday after my job ends, or should I head home on Friday afternoon? You know, maybe I should join … Read More


Why Scientists Like Applied Improv: A Theory

Why Scientists Like Applied Improv: A Theory


Last spring, the New York Times wrote about the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, where Mr. Alda (and presumably others) teach improv to scientists to help them communicate better. Alda explains why: “Not jokes, not cleverness. It’s the contact with the other person.” Amen, Alan Alda! I love hearing this insight about applied improv … Read More


Be Obvious

Be Obvious


Seven people were on stage being an expert on surfing and answering questions from the audience. They were answering questions by speaking one word at a time. These were people who had never improvised before and they were in front of about 150 people Someone in the audience asked. “Where’s a good place to surf?” … Read More