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Medal of Freedom for the Freedom Fighters 50 years later

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  Next Monday, November 24, the three young men murdered by the KKK in Mississippi on June 21, 1964, will receive the Medal of Freedom from President Obama at The White House.

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Please keep shooting from the lip, Mr. Trump

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Each time you open your mouth, you lose another supporter -- or maybe a thousand. It's hard to fathom that any decent people still are in your camp, any willing to excuse your latest unfiltered primitivism. But apparently there are still some whom you haven't offended.

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Advice to Hillary; thankfully never sent #imwithher

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I have six things in common with Hillary. Both our husbands studied at Oxford where each lived at 46 Leckford Road, a house mine originally rented (and moved out of when hers moved in). We’re both 69 (I’m a few months older).

2016 173

Margaret's 206th Birthday

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On this day in 1810 and not far from where these photos were taken, Sarah Margaret Fuller was born.

2016 187

On this day in 1850, Margaret Fuller.

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drowned off the coast of Fire Island, NY, in a shipwreck that also took the lives of her husband, Giovanni Ossoli, and their little son, Nino.

2015 212

Rodbuster Is Obsessed With Continuous Improvement

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At the end of the first day Tony Gerde, then 22, worked as a rodbuster—carrying rebar like a pack animal—he went home a wreck—with bruised shoulders, raw skin and his body aching from head to toe

2016 177

Dani Menkin's "Is That You?" which might be me--or you

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A rainy day in Montreal on our way elsewhere, a perusal of great things to do in this lovely ville, and we notice The Montreal World Film Festival, go through the guide, picking out films that fit our timetable, and agree on the first: "Is That You?",

2014 229

"New York family trades urban jungle for outback adventure"

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Nearly eight years ago, Daughter #1, Miranda Stamps, and her husband, Jay Albany, set off on a six-month trip to Asia.

Wheat House is on the market and the Boston Globe likes it

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      The Samuel Wheat House 399 Waltham Street, West Newton, MA. In about two weeks' time, my house will look like this again.

2014 217

Marissa, we need to talk: This genie is way out of the bottle

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Dear Marissa, Apparently, I'm not the only one who has a word or two to say to you.

2013 251

On the 25th anniversary of my mother's death.

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Here, from seven years ago, a repost with the letter she left for her funeral.

2014 205

Ray, not Tom, but what a pair #clickandclack

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Seven years after Katrina, I traveled to New Orleans with a group of volunteers to put hammer to nail at a house on the aptly named Flood Street.

2014 196

Always say yes to grad students: an interview about virtual teams

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Every so often in the past gazillion years, a graduate student comes along, one who's working on a master's or doctorate around virtual/remote/distribution organizations. Some ask for interviews; others want an answer to a specific question.

"The Successful Virtual Office in 30 Minutes"

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Ian Lamont’s “ In 30 Minutes ” series demystifies and simplifies topics that leave non-techies scratching their heads for insight, if not plain old comprehension.

2015 175

The news ricocheted off the walls

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I was sixteen, a junior at George School , on this day in 1963. Many years ago, I captured my memories in "The K.O.B," " a short story about those initial moments of  the first of f ive deaths that rocked our staid school over five months. 

2013 206

A crappy bronco ride on a chipped pony: Advice for Liz's friend

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"I'm writing for some advice," the note from Liz began. "My friend L is now at the end of the road; likely to die within a few days.

2013 206

Boston Globe endorses John Barros and so do I

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In a rare full-page editorial, the Boston Globe today endorses two of the 12 candidates for Boston's preliminary mayoral election next Tues: John Barros and John Connolly. For those not in Boston, this is a run-off to narrow the field to the two candidates who will go head-to-head in November.

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A blast into network space with Christakis

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2013 195

"Branded" by (J. Gordon) Lippincott: How NetAge Got Its Logo

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I get Mediabistro' s daily blast, one of the few email lists that I actually read (relatively) regularly. It's a good way to keep up with industry developments and gossip. Today, the name Lippincott lept out and so I clicked over to UnBeige and found "What Is a Brand?"

2013 195

Best fried chicken in Boston? Try Back Bay Station

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Vegetarians, avert eyes and try this post. Or this one. Or even this. But if you're a flexitarian , then I bet you like fried chicken as much as me. Love it.

2014 181

"Ducking Grief"

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I just wrote a long post about this haunting column in today's NY Times by K.A. Ledding about the suicide of her teenage daughter and, as I was writing the last sentence, the screen went blank. I leave it to readers to interpret.

2013 196

Decide to Network by Robert Muller

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Every now and then, we get a request for copies of the "Decide to Network" postcard, backstory here. One such came yesterday, prompting me, post-Boston Marathon, to remember the power of this message.

2013 204

MS to the rescue? A startling athlete's story

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There are few articles about the benefits of MS. When it comes out that I have the disease, there is a standard reply: "You don't look like you have MS." " Or: "You'd never know." " Nice. Thanks. I'm lucky.

2014 183

Happy birthday, Jeff

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    Jeff Stamps, who would have turned 69 today. Jeff Stamps

2013 206

Leading ourselves via "the lattice"

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June Holley , whose insights and methods for establishing and growing networks are in a class of their own, points today to  Phanish Puranam 's post on the INSEAD blog, " What Bossless Firms Can Teach Us."

2014 178

Published: "Some Peculiar Errand," my novel excerpt; Finalist, Solstice Fiction

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I'm delighted to announce that an excerpt ("Some Peculiar Errand") from my novel, The Quintessence , has been named as a finalist in the Solstice Literary Magazine Fiction Prize, and published here.

2016 127

What is a newspaper?

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I was chatting with two media advisors earlier today. Clearly, they know a lot about media--both new and old.

2013 191

Maya, who lived in Stamps, Arkansas

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When people die, their good can inflate to fill the sky, fill the screens, and so they are everywhere for a few days. Which is how we've been learning so much about Maya Angelou this past week, how the glorious tribute from her son, Guy Johnson , also a writer, is in many links.

Mother's guilt: "No one will trade lunch with us"

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  Of the many things about which I retain motherly regret, none makes me feel quite so conflicted as the lunches I lovingly packed.

2013 188

Bear killed in my neighborhood!

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I live the village of West Newton, in a city of 85,000, eight miles from Boston. The Massachusetts Turnpike runs through it. As do trains, cars, bikes, and a whole lot of people. Yet on Sunday, a 120-pound bear was found in a tree about a quarter of a mile from my house.

2013 193

General Shinseki, a wargame, and the networks of hierarchy

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is in the news and it's not the first time he's been center stage.

2014 168

Boston: "The engaged city"

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Catherine Shinners at work (Cisco office, Madison, WI, Sept 19, 2012 ). My friend and colleague, Catherine Shinners , blogged from the E2 Conference here in Boston last week, and captured these very interesting details about the City of Boston's e-efforts.

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Megan wins a Pulitzer for Margaret

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2014 168

World Blogging Tour thanks to BlarneyCrone #WBT

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So apparently there's a movement of sorts, passing the blogging baton from poster to poster, under the rubric "World Blogging Tour." " The runner who's just come up on me is BlarneyCrone herself , Liz Barron, who's shown up here before. And here.

2014 167

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Teams: We're There!

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How great to discover while looking for something else we'd written that "Can Absence Make a Team Grow Stronger?", the HBR article that we wrote with Ann Majchrzak and Arvind Molhatra, has been chosen as one of HBR's 10 Must. Books Collaboration Teams Virtual Teams

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"O Night Divine on the Cancer Unit"

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Robin Schoenthaler is a radiation oncologist at a hospital outside Boston. We met in the way friends often do nowadays, online, through a women's writers group. She's a wise woman and a very good writer.

2014 153

The Rat cheated: Duke Riley restages the race for the Chinese Zodiac #elizastamps

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It's a little hard to headline this one. Last year, Duke Riley , the Boston-born, Brooklyn-based artist, with degrees from RISD and Pratt, decided to right a 5000 (or so)-year-old wrong.

2013 178

Lindy Hess changed our lives and so many others

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It was 3 AM and I woke, cold, which, given the heat of the past weeks, seemed impossible. None of my tricks for getting back to sleep was working so I engaged in the one activity that we now know is the worst, reading on a screen where, as usual, I went straight to the obits.

2013 182

For the Newtown Network: The measure of a single death

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I went to high school in a different Newtown (Pennsylvania). During my junior year, five sudden deaths cracked our confidence that tomorrow wouldn't be more horrific than today. The explosion of extinction was impossible to comprehend in our bucolic, privileged.

2012 195

Uh-oh: Don't catch divorce

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From the department of everything's related to everything and the seemingly endless findings stemming from the Framingham Heart Study, here's yet another research study proving that networks carry a lot of strange viruses.

2013 174

Another stop on the writer's blog tour

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  From Miles from Brooklyn (see below). Accepting the baton toss from Avra Wing’s thoughtful post on the continuing writer’s blog tour to whom I bow in thanks for her lovely work ( After Isaac , for example) and for this invitation. What are you currently working on?

2014 155

The Golden Doris

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Waiting now for the full obit that recognizes her achievements and her vast body of work, news from London today via a few paragrafs in the NY Times just now : Doris Lessing is dead at 94.

2013 171

Cooling it at Conglomerate Creek

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  Conglomerate Creek, Vic.,

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