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  • Alcuni luoghi sono un enigma

    La frase che dico più spesso da quando sono arrivata nei Paesi Baschi francesi è “mi sembra di essere in un film”.  Per un gatto indipendente e cittadino come me, trovarsi in una realtà cosi tranquilla e silenziosa è spiazzante. Il ritmo rock è sparito e ha lasciato il posto a delle note di pianoforte. […]

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  • Il primo viaggio non si scorda mai

    In questo momento sarei dovuta essere a Tel Aviv. Lo sapevano tutti quanto fossi emozionata all’idea di trascorrere tre settimane in Israele. Avrei visitato alcune città, gironzolato tra le strade con la mia macchina fotografica in mano, provato qualche piatto nuovo, incontrato buone amiche, amici di amici, sconosciuti, … insomma avrei vissuto il viaggio pienamente, […]

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  • Roots & Wings – Lunch break #5 – Persistence

    “Be persistent no matter how slowly you may, at first, have to move. With persistence will come success. (…) There is no substitute for persistence! Remember this, and it will hearten you, in the beginning, when the going may seem difficult and slow. Those who have cultivated the habit of persistence seem to enjoy insurance […]

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  • Roots & Wings – Lunch break #4 – Effectiveness

    “Effectiveness, in other words, is a habit; that is, a complex of practices. And practices can always be learned. Practices are simple, deceptively so. But practices are always exceedingly hard to do well. They have to be acquired, as we all learn the multiplication table; that is, repeated ad nauseam until “6×6=36” has become unthinking, […]

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  • Roots & Wings – Lunch break #3 – Enablers

     “The aim of education is to enable individuals to continue their education” – John Dewey, Democracy and Education During a summer lunch, a good friend of mine shared with me all his frustration. Despite years of experience in his job, he never got the opportunity to participate at management meetings or present in front of […]

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  • Roots & Wings – Lunch break #2 – Resilience

    “Just as nature takes every obstacle, every impediment, and works around it—turns it to its purposes, incorporates it into itself—so, too, a rational being can turn each setback into raw material and use it to achieve its goal.” — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations Resilience is a well-known concept among expats. During the lunches with my Indian […]

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  • Roots & Wings – Lunch break #1 – Consciousness

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said: “There are two things parents should give their children: roots and wings.” …and what about leaders? Lunch breaks have always been a good moment of my day. In my corporate years, I sometimes had lunch on my own, reflecting about life or reading in a cosy cafe. When I […]

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  • Il concetto di identitá all’estero

    Un mio amico qualche anno fa a Natale mi dice: “ormai non sei né carne né pesce”. Uhm. E allora chi sono? In Italia mi chiamano “la tedesca”, in Germania sono l’italiana, in altri continenti sono semplicemente europea. L’identitá nazionale, strano concetto. Ci ho riflettuto molto in questi anni all’estero. Ho scoperto ad esempio che […]

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