Travel: Antidote to Grief?

Dear Friends, Not long ago, my three sisters and I gathered around my mother’s bedside and held her hands as her life slowly slipped away. Here was a Nevada woman who had headed out in 1950, single and in search of adventure, to Vietnam, at the time a French colony. There she met my father … Continue reading

Thoughts on Family Travel

Dear Friends, When I think back on the success of our family vacation this summer, I realize that there are key elements that contributed to our enjoyment. I wanted to share these with you: 1. My Children’s Ages We’ve traveled to Europe many times before with Nick and Sasha. This time, at ages 10 and … Continue reading

La Tournette, Haute Savoie

Dear Friends, A week after our Ste. Victoire adventure, I was fortunate to bring my children and husband to another favorite peak of my past–La Tournette, in Haute Savoie, France. I had discovered this corner of France 15 years earlier when David Parry, ATA’s chairman, and I conducted R+D for a hiking tour I had … Continue reading

Montagne Ste Victoire

Dear Friends, As many of you know, I was born in Marseille, France, and many of my childhood summers were spent enjoying Provence, with family and friends, from perches in cherry trees overlooking vineyards, swimming in the turquoise waters of Cassis’ calanques or picknicking in the dappled shade of the plane trees at Le Tholonet. … Continue reading

At Harvard: Part 3

Today, we explored the case of Mid-Missouri Energy’s ethanol production and decisions they faced in late 2007. Frankly, the case was 17 dense pages of grueling facts and 16 pages of graphs and data charts. I know more than I ever thought I would on the issues confronting this energy form and the challenges inherent … Continue reading

At Harvard: Part 2

In our Negotiation class, we studied the case of the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association confrontation of 2004-2005 which resulted in the NHL canceling the season. Here we see how strong egos, water under the bridge, and distrust can lead to stalemate and a lose-lose scenario. The NHL and NHLPA … Continue reading