Contributing A Verse

Posted September 10th, 2014

Contribute a verse

Four weeks ago, I sat in a stale-smelling, artificially-lit waiting area of Maine Medical center. It was 6:30 am and my first-born child had just been wheeled into surgery. First child. First surgery. I was told – first patently, then patronizingly – that I had “no reason” to worry. The arrogant and emotionally-stunted – albeit brilliant, or so I was told repeatedly – surgeon insisted […]

Actively Disrupting Normal

Posted August 7th, 2014


If I had a file folder in my office labeled “BIG DOINS” it would be bursting at the seams right about now. Whitney Johnson calls what I’m doing “disrupting myself”. That sounds about right. I first heard her own disruption story at Business Innovation Factory’s annual summit (#BIF7) and something about her strategic and systematic approach to creating change resonated with me. It was brave […]

Running Over My Rabbit. Repeatedly.

Posted June 13th, 2014


When I was in grad school, we were asked to share with the circle of thirty students in our cohort what animal best represented ourselves as a leader. Not surprisingly, as we went around this circle of bright and ambitious working-professional students, there were many fierce and classically top-of-the-food-chain animals offered up: hawk, eagle, falcon, wolf, bear, lion. I started to sweat a little because […]

Sourcing New Stories

Posted May 30th, 2014

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I’ve been playing around with the idea of our stories as a source – and how the things we tell ourselves ABOUT ourselves can guide us…but only up to a point. My most recent thought about this is that around mid-life, our stories start to run out of gas…we reach the end of the line with them and they start to give us diminishing returns. […]

Small Mirrors

Posted May 27th, 2014

Little Mirrors

This past Mother’s Day, my littlest son crawled into bed with me in the morning with a big grin, ready to finally give me the gift he’d been waiting a six-year-old’s version of forever to give me.In the days leading up to this big moment, he’d tried on multiple occasions to strike sophisticated bargins that would enable him to give me this heart-felt present sooner.Needless […]

Going To My Happy Place

Posted May 22nd, 2014

Lael on stage at Sourcing SheSpeaks B&W 5.8.14 - Melissa Mullen Photography

The following is the transcript from my final piece of story from SheSpeaks, my evening of women’s storytelling 5.8.14, and set the stage for Donna Desilet’s story: Salty Tears, Salty Sea. I want to try something with you. You know when you do a guided meditation or one of those stress reducing things they ask you to go to your “happy place”? I want you […]

Embracing The Thrash

Posted May 15th, 2014

Lael on stage at Sourcing SheSpeaks 5.8.14 - Melissa Mullen Photography

Here’s a confession: I spent most of February and March (and some of January, truth be told) watching back-to-back episodes of Parenthood on Netflix. It was embarrassing – I watched 5 seasons that each had 15 episodes that were 40 minutes each. That’s a lot of minutes of my life – three months’ worth, probably. But for some reason I couldn’t stop – or more […]

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