Why You Need an Ideas Notebook

Here’s the scenario. You’re a writer, say. You put words on paper and put those papers into the hands of people who read them. Or maybe you put words on screens and let Twitter do your billing: I PUT A WORD HERE. COME READ IT. Whatever your method (paper, pen, computer), or your strategy for […]

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This Week in the World (Links)

This week I continued another month of eating a modified Paleo diet. I saw Flight, with Denzel Washington, and remembered why I hate watching addicts in movies (although I did like the movie). I read a few more books, but was more proud to read an entire Vanity Fair, cover to cover. The picture? Years […]


How Can I Help You?

Claire here. You’re on my blog, ClaireDiazOrtiz.com, where I write things. Good things, bad things, things in the middle between bad and good. Today, I’m writing to ask you a kinda weird thing. Here goes. What do you need? Yup. Is there a way that I can help you? I’m not being weird. I’m genuinely […]

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What the Most Successful People Do at Work

Laura Vanderkam has done it again. Vanderkam, author of books like 168 Hours: You Have More Time than You Think, has become a feature in my email inbox ever since I read ones of her books for the first time and started emailing her incessantly. (I tend to do that. I’m sure she’s thrilled. Ha.) What […]

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Where Do You Have Excess?

We all excess in our lives, and yesterday a smart man made me remember this fact. This week, I had another amazing time at Catalyst, a great leadership conference that takes place a few times a year in various cities. While in Orange County for the event, I got to spend a lovely evening at […]

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This Week in the World (Links)

This week, I breathed the California air. (And had a lovely, inspiring time at Catalyst West.) I finished some books, including My Life in France, which I loved. Chronicling the Julia Child early years, it made me obsessed with her, and I now want to get every book I can find about Julia Child’s life. […]

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It’s Time to Be a Catalyst Leader

  Are you a leader? Want to be? Listen up. Some of you may be familiar with Catalyst. A massive, massive(ly) successful leadership conference that happens a handful of times every year. It’s been going on for 14 years, and it’s a movement. A big one. I’ve been lucky to speak a few times at […]

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This Week in the World (Links)

This week, I flew on some planes. I ate a lot of chicken. I read a wonderful book, Give me the World, about Leila Hadley, a New York socialite-cum-travel writer who wrote a book about her year in the world with the six-year old son during the 1950s. One of the best travelogues I’ve read […]

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Why I Don’t Read (Many) Novels

I read a lot. This week I finished my 63rd book of 2013, meaning I’m well on my way accomplishing my 150-book annual goal by New Year’s Eve. That said, I don’t read a lot of novels. Last year, I can count on ten fingers the number of novels I read among the 150 books […]

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