Heidi Isern

writer. thinker. whiskey drinker.

May 2012

Be Naked: A Weekend in Esalen

Rather than juggle Memorial Day barbecues, I decided to head back down to Big Sur for the long weekend. No, this time I wasn’t going to a monastery to think impure thoughts. Rather I was going to Esalen to not think and be impure. Esalen is a beautiful new-agey retreat built into the cliffs of Big Sur that reputedly conjures “tantalizing visions of adventure, of unexplored frontiers, of human possibilities.” To some

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Lessons From Pink Floyd: Drugs, S…anity and Rock n’ Roll

Last Friday a motley crew went to see Roger Waters perform Pink Floyd’s The Wall. It wasn’t a concert. It was an image and sound spectacle, a rock opera performance with screens, giants, and fireworks lighting up the entirety of AT&T ballpark. Like many of my generation, I first started listening to Pink Floyd in high school, feeling only its lyrics could relate to the melodrama in mind. Like any

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What Would Machiavelli Do?

I can relate a lot of my personal life to Sex and the City episodes. In difficult romantic situations I often wonder, “what would Carrie Bradshaw do?” I can relate a lot of my business life to texts I was forced to read in AP literature class. When an old business colleague asked me for advice on how to best manage her team, I thought, “what would Machiavelli do? Many

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