We embarked on some personal archeology this past weekend. Which is to say, we cleaned the garage. We do this periodically. What’s interesting is that we get rid of stuff in layers: our own private dig. We keep things we don’t use, if we have a place for them somewhere, only to finally send them […]
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Life happens when you least expect it. Which is to say that serendipity can be a wonderful thing. Most researchers will tell you, in fact, that many scientific and medical breakthroughs (penicillin, anyone?) were the result of happenstance. The unexpected happened or something zigged left when it should have zagged right, and rather than bemoaning […]
Are We There Yet? asks a recent Newsweek headline, with the kind of slug that leaves you with a distinctive sense of dread: In 1976, 46 women filed a landmark gender-discrimination case. Their employer was NEWSWEEK. Forty years later, their contemporary counterparts question how much has actually changed. It’s a great piece, as it shows […]
The other day, I got an interesting email from a good friend of mine. She was walking home from work, she said, having what she referred to as a “low self-esteem day,” when she came upon a big sign in a storefront, picturing three smiling (appropriately diverse, yet all perfectly coiffed) women, “around our age,” […]