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Maria Schnabel

Welcome to my site, part blog, part business.

I began my blog (then called Medium and Message) a few years back to practice new media journalism skills that I could apply to my work as a corporate communicator.

Now that I’m transitioning from corporate life to one of leisure with dignity (otium cum dignitate, as the Romans called it), I plan to use this blog to share experiences in the bonus round of my life.

Hope you’ll enjoy my musings.

Maria Schnabel

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  • Sleeping Beauty Misses Out in Life

    She was too pretty to play with, said my mother.

    So, she wrapped Mariola in blue tissue paper, lest light yellow her porcelain-like skin and crisp-white ballerina outfit; tied soft bows around her wrists and ankles to preserve her ladylike stance; and then stored her in a closet where she remained, in the dark, for the next 50 years.

    Mariola was one of the first dolls that could open and close her lids. She did that slowly, languidly, with thick eyelashes for added dramatic effect.

    Too bad her eyes remained closed for half a century; that she never got to move her hands and feet; never got to see the light in the playground.

    There were times when on visits to my parents’ home I would open the box, marvel at her alabaster beauty, and wonder what was the point of giving a child a doll too delicate to play with, too prissy to get dusty on a shelf, too sensitive to daylight.

    I asked myself that same question this past week as I was letting go of things to make room for new interests.

    You won’t be surprised to know that Mariola did not pass Marie Kondo’s “does it bring joy?” test. I dismissed her with a heartfelt “Thank you for waiting all these years.”

    Dormant opportunities

    Mariola’s story made me think of the opportunities we put on hold. Opportunities we keep dormant, whether in a closet or in our minds, while we wait for a day when we may have more time, more courage, more resources to … Continue reading



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BA-Journalism, San Diego State University
MS-Communication Management, Syracuse University
Masters Degree in New Media Journalism, Full Sail University
Georgia Master Naturalist

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Extended in-country communications projects in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, India, Israel, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Singapore, Spain, United States

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