A Safe Place for Personal Contacts

The members of my family are fortunate in our friends. We are reminded of this fact every year when we send and receive hundreds of holiday cards. Last year, however, we didn't send out even one card. This change was not due to new hermit tendencies. And it certainly was not intended to be a... Continue Reading →

Rough Diamond

$35.5 million is a lot to spend on potential, but that's the record-setting price a private jewelry retailer recently paid for a 507-carat rough diamond.  According to the Associated Press report, The stone — as big as a chicken egg and weighing just over 100 grams (3.53 ounces) — was estimated as among the world's... Continue Reading →


There aren't many things I regret in life, but every year at this time I remember one particularly bad decision. It happened when I was in graduate school.  A group of my friends thought it might be fun to get a cheap flight and visit a new town. I was broke and so rather than... Continue Reading →

100 and Counting

Yesterday we visited the matriarch of our family to celebrate a special occasion -- her 100th birthday. She showed us the many humorous and touching birthday cards she had received (including one from the President and Mrs. Obama). Since she's as sharp as a tack, we were able to have a wide-ranging conversation that covered... Continue Reading →

The Value of a Post Office Box

Sometimes those small things we routinely take for granted give us cause to remember how valuable they are in their ordinariness.  This fact was driven home to me last night when I mailed off my biennial registration to the New York State Office of Court Administration.  In New York, each practicing lawyer must register with... Continue Reading →

How to Read a Poem: Beginner’s Manual

In celebration of Easter, here's a present that will delight.  Best of all, it is low-calorie and will not enrage your dentist.  Enjoy! How to Read a Poem: Beginner's Manual by Pamela Spiro Wagner First, forget everything you have learned, that poetry is difficult, that it cannot be appreciated by the likes of you, with... Continue Reading →

The Power of Symbols

On this national holiday to celebrate the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and on the eve of the historic inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America, I found myself thinking about the power of symbols and images to convey messages without words. This country... Continue Reading →

The Pleasure of Your Company

The Pleasure of Your Company is requested at the relaunch of the Above and Beyond KM blog on a new domain that has been a long time in gestation:  aboveandbeyondkm.com. As you'll undoubtedly notice quickly enough, I've moved but haven't yet finished unpacking.  So please bear with me as I hang the curtains and shift... Continue Reading →

Behind Every Successful KM Effort

In the November 24 edition of Newsweek there's a humorous quote:There is no one more surprised than I -- except my husband. You know what they say: "Behind every successful woman, there is an astonished man."These are the words of Gen. Ann Dunwoody, while speaking at a ceremony held recently in Washington, D.C. to recognize... Continue Reading →

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