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  • Blog
    Wed, 17 Apr 2013
    Regular Order

    “Settling Sam” – that was my nick-name in the mid-1970s as a young lawyer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the United States Army. I spent four years on active duty at a time when the country was still engaged in the Viet Nam conflict, but most of my time was spent in the Office of Chief Trial Attorney in... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 16 Apr 2013
    ArticleWhat happens when women get together to talk...

    More than fifty civilian and veteran women came together on March 15, 2013, for Intersections International’s first ever women’s Veteran-Civilian Dialogue (VCD). It was—and is—a critical time for women civilians and veterans to come together: less than two months prior to our VCD, the Pentagon lifted its ban on... more...

  • Blog
    Wed, 3 Apr 2013
    Share, Help and Give

    I love it when seemingly totally unrelated ideas and articles come together to create a logical argument or obvious solution.  The topic is economic inequality. There is a growing body of evidence that suggests that the income and wealth inequality in America — indeed in the world — is corrosive to civil society.  I... more...

  • Blog
    Wed, 3 Apr 2013
    ArticleReflections on Insight (Part 1)

    As a new member of the governing board of Intersections, I was excited to have this opportunity to learn more deeply about the work they are doing. I was impressed by the level of passion and commitment to this philosophy of connecting people through understanding one another's stories, and the creative ways in which they apply that... more...

  • Blog
    Wed, 3 Apr 2013
    ArticleReflections on Insight (Part 2)

    In week three, Andrea Bartoli, Dean of GMU’s S-CAR, who is passionate about creating an “Insight Revolution,” spoke about conflict as a “non-questioning reaction to adversity that abdicates self-control.”  He noted that we have unlimited options for how we choose to act in any given situation. However,... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 18 Mar 2013
    What the Bahati Bill Can Teach us About the...

    Recently, I have been surprised by separate disclosures of two socially gracious, educated, professional American lesbians—both under the age of 35—that despite their intentions to live open and active gay lives they still wrestle with the fear that eternal punishment in hell may be the result. Neither are particularly... more...

  • Blog
    Wed, 6 Mar 2013
    Developing a Values Practice

    Life gets in the way, doesn’t it? How often have you used that as an explanation of why something that you intended or wanted to do did not get done? As business leaders talk and think about their leadership and specific concepts of “values based leadership.” Thanks to my little sister Sue (Simon) Pickens-Owens, I have... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 19 Feb 2013
    Love Matters

    What do I love that impacts my leadership at work and at home? That is the question asked of twenty people gathered for Intersections’ monthly Washington Dialogue at the fabulous Smith Center for Healing and the Arts on Valentine’s Day. We learned from one participant that love from an Islamic perspective is held in a... more...

  • Blog
    Fri, 8 Feb 2013
    Thinking about Love

    February sends me thinking about love. You know, Valentine’s Day and all of that. What has really piqued my interest is that “love” is often advocated as a way to solve problems and resolve debates. What does “love” have to do with how we approach problems and disputes in life? If I were to list the values... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 31 Jan 2013
    An Intimate Conversation with a Surprise Ending

    How old are you? Where were you born? What is your religious experience and affiliation? What political party do you belong to? These were the very personal questions we asked participants at our Washington Dialogue this past month at the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts in Washington, DC. Our Washington Dialogues are... more...

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