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Through all of this, I’ve experienced an existence which I had only before observed. Sure, I’ve moved out of the way on the bus for a person in a wheelchair or with a cane, or I’ve offered to hold a door open longer to help them pass through. But seeing and knowing are not the same thing.

Every.single.platform. That’s where women get exposed (quite literally, quite often) to sexual harassment from others. Twelve minutes ago, I hopped onto Periscope to “share” a beer with my viewers and chat about going to see Wonder Woman tonight with my daughter. Less than three minutes in, I get this: Lovely. A random viewer decided his question about my personal hygiene was a perfect segue from my alliteration about Blue Moon and Business Unusual. Because, why not, right? Later in the broadcast, after I lit into his comment, he told me, “Oh, lighten up.” No. It’s my broadcast and I don’t need to lighten up. You, sir, are welcome to go find another broadcast where you can assume the woman on the other end must really want you to ask her questions about her genitals. Different Day This isn’t a new thing. It’s a new harasser on a new day. Usually […]

Now that any bike ride I embark upon is simply for the purpose of staying fit, somehow my brain is very “meh” about the whole affair.

Whether it’s a simple “like” to acknowledge your tweet or an engaging conversation, I respond to tweets and replies. Every single one. Even if your tweet is in a negative tone, I’ll engage with you. I do so because I value Twitter as my preferred social media platform for engaging with others.

Whether or not we have a little superhero costume designer around to whack us with a good dose of reality or not, we each need to constantly remind ourselves and those around us who we are.

Even someone who doesn’t manage can have great advice for a manager. Ask me: I’ve been a contributor many times over the years and for all manner of bosses. While I’ve been lucky enough to work for great people, we can all look back at struggles we’ve had in the “managed” department. Managers, Listen Up So what advice would someone experienced as a direct report give to a manager? Respect your staff’s time. It’s nigh on impossible to engage consistently with staff when faced with countless meetings and projects. But by staying on top of your calendar, you can ensure your timely attendance to meet with your staff. You will show you care about the time they took to prepare by being present. Managers, even if you need to print out your daily schedule and tape it to your tablet or legal pad, do what is necessary to set the bar. Build an […]

Back to school this year made me achieve this level of restraint.   What got me to this point? With my oldest getting “silent lunch” with the dean on the 4th day of school, then my education at Back to School Night on how the same child had tried to snow me all week about a procedure with his planner, and finally having to muscle the same child through his homework during breakfast because he had forgotten his math book—which I retrieved for him at that Back to School Night… let’s just say I was DONE. How is your back to school parenting going? Commiserate. 

Day 3 and we said goodbye to London, yet the prospect of finally getting to the land of my people in Scotland had me antsy in my train seat. Onward and upward! What I Saw All the things. First off, Kings Cross, and yes—I was absolutely thinking of the scene from the Deathly Hallows. Fortunately, I’m not the only one. I wonder what it must feel like as an author to know you thought up an idea that was then brought to life at a major travel thoroughfare in one of the world’s most popular cities. What I Ate Not enough, apparently. As we walked up and down the full length of The Royal Mile in Edinburgh, we scoped out just about every pub and dining establishment along the way but didn’t stop until I had a certifiable Snickers-diva moment. Thankfully my husband darted us into a Turkish café where […]

Day Two of our We’re 40! adventure in the UK was our only full day in London on this particular trip. It went by far too quickly! What I Saw For lunch, my husband had arranged for us to eat at a pub about 10 minutes from our hotel. In what became our trademark style, we made about two wrong turns before arriving at the Anglesea Arms. We chose a patio seat for our lunch, from where we could enjoy the mild weather and street views. A placard on the stone patio wall directed us to the residence across the street. Apparently Charles Dickens resided at No. 11! What I Ate I realized with this post I need to follow the ways of the foodie and take more pictures of meals, if for no other reason than to prove I’m not relying solely upon liquor to sustain me through my […]

Today was our first day of our We’re 40! trip. First thing we did was buy matching bags, special Ultralight backpack for our backs so we could make it to all the trip, it was amazing ! First comprised of traveling by air to Gatwick by way of Reykjavik, then to the hotel by way of train and “the tube” (Underground). What I Saw As we explored South Kensington on foot, we came upon a set of museums: the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. We opted for the last; being on a thrifty budget for this epic trip, we like finding local attractions which don’t break the wallet (okay, who doesn’t?). What a lovely choice! We walked through several sections which highlighted centuries of portraits, furniture, and even rooms which had been moved from their original palatial site to be housed within the […]