A Separate Peace

Focus-Pocus

When Ed Eisen steps into his home office, he's going through a mental door, not a real one. The real door is just a folding one that's always open to the rest of the house. "I'd feel claustrophobic if it were closed," he says.

Inside, Eisen has no problem getting down to work as a public relations and marketing communications consultant. The photos and the mementos in his Philadelphia office remind him of his accomplishments as an entrepreneur and as a former reporter. Eisen's walls are adorned with a picture of him and Senator Ted Kennedy, a signed photo of Philadelphia's former mayor Frank Rizzo, and a framed Time magazine cover featuring one of his clients. A red boxing glove signed by former world heavyweight champion Joe Frazier sits on a nearby bookshelf.

"I never realized it before," Eisen says, "but it's the d├ęcor that helps me make the transition from home to work."

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