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Where Compassion is Born

An excerpt from my dialogue with Paul McAleer on our podcast Designing Yourself, Episode #9: Embracing the Suffering (originally aired October 1, 2013), with minimal editing for readability. The things we don’t like in others are the things we don’t fully understand. It’s a sign we haven’t gone out of our way to develop empathy [Keep Reading...]

Listeners of Designing Yourself: We Want to Hear from You!

As Paul and I head into our second season of Designing Yourself, we want to bring new voices into the mix. We’ll be interviewing guests, taking audience questions, and finding new ways to extend the conversation beyond Paul and me. If you have a question you want us to answer on-air, a topic for a [Keep Reading...]

I am a Writer

An excerpt from my dialogue with Paul McAleer on our podcast Designing Yourself, Episode #8: Sam I Am (originally aired September 24, 2013), with minimal editing for readability. I was a Professional Writing major in college — after I switched from Computer Science and before I picked up Human-Computer Interaction as a double major. Writing [Keep Reading...]

Nothing is Permanent but Change

No man ever steps in the same river twice for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” — Heraclitus We talk about change as though it’s something that happens once in a while, we’re “going through a period of change,” as though it isn’t happening all of the time. Change is [Keep Reading...]

Going back to the cave

John J. Locke, in a comment on Where in the World is Whitney? San Diego posted January 16, 2014. I can relate to “going back to the cave” to regroup and reinvent yourself. Life is a series of stages. We never *really* know what’s going to happen next, although we try to plan it. I [Keep Reading...]

Confidence on the Inside

I don’t want to be invulnerable. I don’t want to be in a state where I can’t be penetrated, where I can’t be influenced, where I can’t be molded in some way. I want to be vulnerable. I just want to be at peace with that vulnerability, and that’s something I haven’t been able to [Keep Reading...]

You down with OPP (Yeah you know me)

Other People’s Podcasts! What what! Hosting your own podcast is a heck of a lot of fun (or co-hosting, in my case, with Paul McAleer!), but every now and then it’s nice to be on the other side of the mic, so to speak. I’ve been lucky to be a guest on a few great [Keep Reading...]