I entered college in 1986. My parents bought me an electric typewriter (Brother brand) to take to college. It had a rudimentary word processing feature with a one-line digital display. Who knew how soon the typing world would change? Not us. I don’t know what happened to that typewriter. It would not surprise me to […]
PAY ATTENTION! and Pay Attention
When Son 1 was in high school, he asked to take a plane trip by himself. He had flown solo before, that time with grandparents waiting to collect him from the airport. This trip was different. He was going to the Bay Area to meet up with some friends. We said yes to the trip. […]
I Love My Job
I spoke at orientation at the start of the semester two weeks ago. It’s so fun to be part of the happy and nervous energy of the day. Our campus mascot, Chip, stopped by to greet the students and families. I love Chip. Yes, I understand that inside that grimy costume is a student. But […]
Same Friend, Different Blessing
Earlier on this blog, I shared “a friend’s blessing.” I will see that friend tomorrow, so she is on my mind. Here’s another one from her: In the fray of everyday life, may you embody your true nature. I catch myself repeating this instruction, like a song lyric stuck on repeat in my brain. With […]
Who Said That?
Son #2 was home for a few days from NYC. I asked him what the strangest or funniest or scariest (which I added reluctantly because who wants to know that? not this mama) thing he has seen in the subway. I follow Subway Creatures on instagram; I know there is strange stuff to be seen: […]
Are you waiting / for time to show you some better thoughts?
Happy 2022. I haven’t been feeling inspired to write blog posts. Perhaps I have developed an instinct to watch what I say. I hope not. I don’t like to leave the blog fallow for too long. In the past, when I haven’t had much to say, I have shared someone else’s words. Here’s a beautiful […]
These two people have something important in common. Aha! you say, the Yankees caps. Nope. The grandson couldn’t give a fig about the Yankees. Grandpa lent him the cap for for a day of fun at the ballpark. Grandson could give a fig about Grandpa’s Rule for such outings: Eat Whatever You Want. And it […]
Was He Hitting On You?
In case you don’t have time to read the whole post, the answer is no. Most of the readers of this blog are people I know personally. So if you are reading this, you are probably already aware that I started a new job in May. I am still at Leeds, the business school at […]
The “Wilderness Beauty” in Low Standards
One of my former MBA students put this request out to the (Facebook) universe: Just once I’d like to read a time management book by someone who seems to have caregiver requirements. This statement attracted a lot of comments. Including this one: I think it’s high time you write a book. To which the OP […]
The Luckiest Men Alive
When I introduce him to one of my friends, DH has been known to exclaim, “I am the luckiest man alive!” Apparently this form of introduction makes quite an impression on people. The new acquaintance finds it charming and such a sweet thing to say. Me? How do I find it? Laden with subtext. Here’s […]