MJ MARGGRAFF
What We Each Take into Space When We Go

What We Each Take into Space When We Go

The Annual Novato, CA, Space Festival on August 1, was spectacular: several Apollo astronauts and Star Wars troopers greeted about 4000 guests who came to see what’s happening in the world of space. Experts from many fields, with telescopes to view the sun to samples of what’s been manufactured in space, were there to explain how we discover the universe and how we endeavor to do more. As I looked…

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LIFE @ TED

LIFE @ TED

Attending a TED event is one of the best ways to inspire your dreams. Attend one. Or at least watch one TED presentation per day. In Monterey, California, May 24-26, I had the privilege to go to my first, and will make it to another. They’re that helpful to meeting others with the same dreams, who are making their dreams come true, and guess what? Each admits to mistakes made…

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When Being Busy Isn’t Enough, Embrace Your Dream and Do What You Love

When Being Busy Isn’t Enough, Embrace Your Dream and Do What You Love

My day planner was filled—line by line, day by day. Each morning I consulted it and prepared for the list of duties it dictated about how I would spend my time. Blank lines on its future pages didn’t wait long for ink to fill them. My corporate days as a manager were behind me, and in their place were days filled with PTA meetings and carpools, managing an eight- and…

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What’s Your Small and Scary Step?

What’s Your Small and Scary Step?

Eleanor Roosevelt said that we should do “at least one thing every day” that scares us. Later, Erma Bombeck concurred, adding that real courage is tested when “taking children into a house with a white carpet.” I started to learn how to swim this New Year; the instructor, a seasoned coach and now retired, prodded me slowly to the really warm kids’ pool, and showed me how blowing bubbles into…

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An Insider’s View: The Keys to Success

An Insider’s View: The Keys to Success

What are the Keys to Success when we live in Space on a voyage demandingly long — say, 200 million miles to Mars? One former astronaut I interviewed has the distinction of several completed missions including a long duration on the International Space Station. From personal experience he is enthusiastic to share what is critical to good space behavior. But it’s also relevant for us here on earth, as good…

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