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The Art of Gift Giving

Come to your Senses in December

Christine Curavo

Take Time to Listen I was once the subject of an experiment where all I needed to do was talk about myself. The person giving the test was graduating from business school and needed to perfect the “art of listening” for his thesis.At first it seemed so simple. He asked thoughtful, meaningful questions and I answered. But within moments, I became aware of how it felt to have another human being really listening—no, hearing me. He was careful not to “interview me” or banter back and forth with conversations that highlighted himself in some way. He gave me the feeling...

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United by Chocolate

Christine Curavo

Something we can all agree on. If you had to pack an emergency survival kit or chose a single word that transcends all cultures and languages, or if you just wanted to feel better—right now—then most people on this planet would agree that chocolate is the answer. Mayans called it the “food of the gods,” studies have shown that people who eat chocolate are more clever than most, but I like the fact that chocolate is actually good for you too:  Click here to see how. Fudge is considered an iconic holiday gift and it is easy to make your own....

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Speak to all Generations

Christine Curavo

We are all on the same journey. A friend called me last week to confess that she was “in denial” about getting old.  She said she didn’t know when it happened and was surprised that did. After all, she told me, she didn’t feel any different than yesterday. I was taken completely by surprise because I never thought of her being any age at all—even though she must be at least 15 years older than me, but then I really don’t know because she never seems to age.    Agelessness.  What is that?  My mom had it too. I think...

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Support America with a Stamp.

Christine Curavo

Distinguish yourself with a note that bares a commemorative stamp. Last New Year’s Eve; my San Francisco office had a break-in. My door was shattered and things were tossed about. But as it turns out—the cash, cameras and computers were all left behind and only one thing went missing—my commemorative stamps!  Now, mind you, I am not much of a collector and history was never my strongest subject, but I just love the arts and the idea that I am supporting an American tradition by using commemorative stamps when I send a card thrills me somehow. It all started in...

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Celebrate Success

Christine Curavo

Celebrating great moments magnifies the happiness. How often does somebody say, “I’ll take this case to the Supreme Court if I have to!” Usually it’s just a passionate term we use to express how much we believe in something. But, I know a lawyer who actually did take a case to the Supreme Court, and won! One night over dinner he told me about the experience. He described the majesty of the environment and how at first his knees trembled, but how he was able to find the exact words he needed and his client prevailed. Then he told me...

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