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Welcome to Pursuit of Spark!  Join us for conversations about creative approaches to the challenges, possibilities, and pleasures of everyday life and work.

Thanks to Dick Nodell and Stephanie Lyness, we have much to share with you over the next few months in Work Mysteries and American Gumbo.  If you have a question for Dick or Steph, send it to us at info (at)  We would love to have you join the conversation!

If you're in New York City, please join me at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for Spark Conversations.   You can find out more about this new series here.

We look forward to hearing from you!




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Work Mysteries with Dick Nodell

In five minutes of conversation, Dick Nodell can illuminate a Work Mystery, offering good-humored guidance and thought-provoking wisdom about the challenges of negotiating the workplace.



Talking about money

Negotiating a salary - especially your first salary - is a complicated task, and Dick Nodell offers some wisdom.



What it means to be an intern

Being an intern is an exciting (or, for some, scary!) step from college into the world of becoming a "real person" with a real job. What is the most important work one can do as an intern? And how might it lead to something that pays? In this conversation, Dick Nodell explores the work mystery of what it means to be an Intern.


Inviting each other to speak more

Dick offers his thoughts about creative collaborations, sparked by the wonderful conversation between Maggie Barrett and Joel Meyerowitz about their life and work together.

Work Mystery: Inviting each other to speak more by Pursuit of Spark


Being most open when something goes wrong

How can you turn an uncomfortable situation into a powerful interaction? Dick Nodell has some excellent suggestions.

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How we talk to each other

Dick offers thoughts about this week's Spark interview with Liz Forkin Bohannon, looking at how she and her husband can think about their roles at work and at home.


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