• Cracking the Communication Code

    Remember those “secret decoder” prizes that used to come packed in purchases of Cracker Jacks or various childhood cereals? Often buried within a box of sugary treats was a bookmark with a tinted plastic film that could illuminate hidden messages printed on the back of the box. Designed to crack the code, they often led us to find buried treasure or revealed the punch line of a riddle.

    Rebecca Buell Rebecca Buell
    Mar 15, 2021
  • Paying to Listen

    Once at a local coffee shop, I struck up a conversation with an older man from my neighborhood, asked him about his dogs, and how his weekend was going. What started as surface-level, neighborly conversation soon took a quick dive into him sharing his world—a pending divorce he didn’t want, a son struggling with health issues, business dealings and wondering how he could find meaning in the twilight of his career.

    Rebecca Buell Rebecca Buell
    Feb 24, 2021