Diversions

Should These Airline Patents Be Cleared for Takeoff?

The next time you find yourself sentenced to the middle seat on an overstuffed flight to Dallas, Des Moines or Dubuque, take a moment to offer pleas to the airline gods that most of the patents being sought by kingpin carriers never take wing. The

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Par-lez Vous Golf? Here’s a Primer for Better Banter

Do you feel slightly awkward in professional or social settings when the conversation suddenly turns to golf? No need. Really. In fact, among the major worldwide sports, you probably “talk golf” more than the others, without even knowing

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Tap This Bartending Wisdom

Your day has unraveled. By 5 o’clock, the meets and measures you woke up hoping to knit into a fine, formfitting sweater now resemble something the cats appropriated for their own amusement. Simply put, you need a drink. Now. Which is precisely

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Offsite Activities: A Literary Approach

Bored with the same old obvious offsite activities? Depending on your event destination, perhaps you need to think outside the box – or, in this case, the book. Touring the homes of American literary masters is a great way to interject art,

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How to Tap Your Inner Tina Fey

I didn't see it coming until it wound up in my mailbox, but when I opened the wrapper from Bloomsbury Publishers, my laughter would have scared the mailman. After all, nothing prepared me to hold and behold an adaptation Jane Austen's timeless

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Partial to Print? You’re Not Alone.

For more than a decade, the hardscrabble publishing world has been in a protracted battle for the hearts and minds of readers. I still recall a 2009 publishing-industry awards show where nearly every speech maker gave some iteration of the same sad

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Body Language 101

As an American child of stout European stock, I was forever ordered to "straighten up" while growing up, the directive aimed at my posture rather than my demeanor. And like most kids, I thought it was lame. All my friends slouched. It was practically

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A Novel Approach to Better Cocktail Banter

We've all been in this awkward situation: You're sharing a postprandial Mad Men aperitif with an unusually erudite group of influential sorts, perhaps parsing the pros and cons of your dinner selections, when someone drops a literary reference to an

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Who’s In Your Stable? Lessons From the Triple Crown

One could only marvel at the images of jubilation from Belmont Park as American Pharoah crossed the finish line well ahead of the pack to win this year's Belmont Stakes, and thus become the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. Belmont week was

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Free for All: 10 Public Art Displays in the Big Apple

One of the under-appreciated fringe benefits of a meeting planner's calling is the occasional opportunity to rub elbows with New York City's mindboggling collection of great art. While security at the Guggenheim, the Met, the Whitney and the

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Forbes’ Most Stressful Jobs for 2015: And the “Winners” Are…

When I saw the results of the survey, my first reaction was stunned disbelief. How could event coordinators rank only No. 8 on Forbes' Most Stressful Jobs of 2015? Who has it worse? I'll give Forbes their first three: I wouldn't trade seats

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Why Print Found a Home at Airbnb

A doctor I know recommends turning off all electronics one hour before you crash to allow your brain to drain itself of all that beta wave chatter. He prescribes reading a print book or magazine in the interim, to allow the tactile page-turning and

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What Makes You Mad?

What drives meeting planners the craziest? Waiting for others to decide, according to a Destination Marketing Association International survey. Completed April 3, the "tournament" called on more than 400 planners to choose from 16 gripes, which,

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What’s Behind Midcentury Modern Mania?

A stroll through the lobby of any given destination hotel between Tucson and Thailand may transport you back to America circa 1950, when furniture design, and frankly not much else, was at its artistic peak. Fashion, music, film, literature – and

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