Some Kind of Help

Free to Be You and Me was the soundtrack of my childhood. When I see in my mind's eye the living-room of the little red ranch house where I grew up I hear "It's All Right to Cry" and "Housework" playing in the background. But there is one song called "Helping" that sticks in my... Continue Reading →

Unexpected Hour

My calendar is a problem. Most mornings stack up with appointments and to-dos, so that I am deciding whether I need to go to this meeting, take that call, or respond to the flaming email that just arrived. It isn't really about having too much to do, it's about everything I have to do sitting... Continue Reading →

Cleaning Out

We are under orders to clean out our offices. Sometime in the next month the office will be painted, stem to stern, and to do their jobs the painters need our walls to be cleared and all our books and papers and files to be boxed up and out of the way. And so this... Continue Reading →

Purpose and Play

My son's shoes are now bigger than mine, and I sometimes grab his hoodie for a quick dash outside. I am no longer the mother of a small child. When I see pregnant colleagues in the hallway I bite my tongue so the stories of my own pregnancy and time with my baby don't spill... Continue Reading →

A Blank Page

The list is still up on my white board. What did I think, that it would just disappear as the ball dropped over Times Square, wiping away the to-do's of 2017? It didn't happen. And so the list of things I must not forget is still written in blue marker, waiting for me to tackle those things I... Continue Reading →

Why We Sit in the Back

Yesterday I walked into a big meeting room and excuse-me-pleased my way past colleagues' knees to get a seat in the middle of a back row of chairs. Looking up at the speaker at the front of the room I realized with a pang of guilt there were plenty of empty seats up there. I... Continue Reading →

A Real Snooze

We try so hard to be good at what we do. We take courses, read books, ask questions, and stay late at work to put the finishing touches on our reports and budgets and presentations. What if we are trying wrong, though? What if there is a different determinant of our work that has little... Continue Reading →

Because I Said So

You are in the middle of writing a final report and you get an email reminding you that your timesheet is due tomorrow. Or you are deep into planning for a presentation when you realize you signed up for a training you really wish you didn't have to take. Or your boss asks you to... Continue Reading →


Costumes are wonderful things. I sent my son off trick or treating with a square of gold net and a yard of rope worn over some black and silver clothes rummaged from his dresser. He bought a plastic trident to wield and he was Finnick Odair, the tragic and lovely super-warrior of the final Hunger... Continue Reading →

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