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September 25, 2017

Cilantro: the great divider.

In my experience, people either love it or hate it. (Spoiler alert: I’m a fan of the flavor and brightness it adds, but I respect those who disagree with me.)

Imagine visiting a restaurant with friends or business associates. You’re hungry, b...

August 24, 2017

There seem to be two types of people in this world: those who will tell you that you have broccoli in your teeth, and those who won’t.

In my experience, those who do tell you tend to be observant and helpful.

And those who won’t are either too wrapped up in their own wor...

July 12, 2017

Struggling to be heard? Your natural inclination may be to raise your voice, literally or metaphorically.

But this world has a cacophony of noise. Tons of distractions. A million reasons that make it difficult to listen.

Yelling louder won’t help you break through.

Worse,...

June 14, 2017

This morning I went to my local Peet's Coffee and ordered the same drink I order every morning: a medium almond milk latte with cinnamon steamed into the milk.

Except I really didn't have to.

You see, I order it with such frequency that the crew already knows my drink be...

March 30, 2017

A few weeks ago, a friend suggested that I've been "hiding" for years.

Not hibernating, which implies a conscious decision to withdraw or be in seclusion.

But hiding. In plain sight. Careerwise, that is.

He observed that I had subconsciously placed myself at the periphery...

March 24, 2017

Last night during our volleyball playoffs, I had a pretty good game. My serves were strong, and my sets led to powerful spikes (and smartly placed dinks).

But it was my work as a back row defender that really stood out.

Though our undefeated opponents had ringers as...

March 8, 2017

Sticking my tongue out.

It's a dead giveaway that I'm concentrating and working hard to make something happen.

This has been my “tell” since I was a little girl, as evidenced by this photo from my preschool days. In it, I've (literally) rolled up my sleeves and am workin...

February 7, 2017

My dog is a fan of four-letter words.

Specifically, ball, ride, and park. Of course, he understands lots of other non-four-letter words, too, it's just that when you say one of the words above, he immediately responds in a favorable way.

For my dog Rigby, straightforward...

January 6, 2017

Let’s get something straight: I’ve never identified with Jan Brady.

Yes, we’re both the middle of three sisters, have blond hair, and questionable eyesight.

But that’s where the similarities end.

I say this because growing up in the ’70s there was little in the way of rel...

June 20, 2016

Our oldest daughter just turned 16. And this week she passed her behind the wheel test to obtain her driver's license.

Next on her list: getting a summer job.

Like probably every other high schooler eager for summer employment, she requested and filled out applications f...

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