Heidi Isern

writer. thinker. whiskey drinker.

August 2012

Bringing Back Community

The first definition for community is, according to Webster’s, “a unified body of individuals.”  Then the options for the definition vary just like a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ book.  The community could be unified by geography, politics, common interests, beliefs, or, as I like to think, a common sense of wellbeing.   Sometimes, especially in large cities, our own importance gets the better of us and we forget to think

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In Defense of Beautiful Women

Beauty can have an ugly side and the fair faced don’t always ‘have it all’. I decided to talk to two former models that explained the challenges of being seen as just ‘another pretty face.’  When I turned 15 my body transformed.  My perm grew out, my glasses were cast aside, and my once gangly knee-scrapped legs grew curves. I also stopped going to Orchestra Camp, improving my popularity status.

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Too Busy? You May Have Your Priorities Wrong…

Gone are the days of long lunches and endless evenings.  In today’s hamster wheel of very important meetings and deadlines, everyone is just too darn busy to give you anything more than a 55 minute time slot.  The response to the question “How are you” is usually “Oh, I’ve just been SO busy.”  This response isn’t met with concern or disdain but rather congratulations and hearty pats on the back. 

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New York State of Mind: Life Lessons over Manhattans

Gain Clarity in mad Manhattan?  Why, it’s the best place in the world! Many people say that to in order to gain clarity that you need to escape to a place of exotic solitude. “Go to India to find yourself,” urged one friend. “No no, the beaches of Mediterranean,“ said another. “What about Bali?” offered yet a third. However, I had done all of these before. I was an Eat

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