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The Experience of Giving

I was just reading through some old e-mails when I happened upon something I wrote on November 4, 2004. I was about to finish grad school and move back to New York. President George W. Bush had just been re-elected. This e-mail is particularly apropos given my recent trip to Israel, the 2008 Presidential race, [Keep Reading…]

Leaving for Israel

Pleasure and Pain is going on vacation If you follow me on Twitter, you probably already know that I leave tonight for Birthright, a free 10-day trip to Israel for Jews between the ages of 18 and 26. I will be traveling with 40 or so other people through URJ KESHER, one of Taglit-Birthright‘s 30 [Keep Reading…]

Pacific Northwest Roadtrip 2008

I’ve been absent from the blog for a while because I’ve been on vacation (one of many this summer). First I spent the weekend in San Francisco visiting friends from college, wandering around the city and hanging with my “community of practice” peeps (thanks to Josh Williams for organizing brunch and Lorri Nault for putting [Keep Reading…]

The user experience of a staircase

As I was going over the Triboro Bridge on the way to JFK on Friday, I saw a metal staircase high above the traffic that construction workers use to access the top of the bridge tower. Seeing it from a distance made me appreciate for the first time that a staircase is great design. It’s [Keep Reading…]

The Experience of Being a Woman

I have always wanted to be the woman who doesn’t feel the need to talk about women’s issues. I have always wanted to be the woman in business whom people describe as an astute leader and force to be reckoned with without ever being called a “woman in business.” I have always wanted to be [Keep Reading…]

Finding Myself in You

Sometime this weekend I hit 10,000 unique visitors on this measly little blog. (Well, unique cookies at least.) I have been writing here since January 10 of this year. I never expected to attract much of a following, let alone in just four months. Pleasure and Pain is now averaging 920 unique visitors weekly, and [Keep Reading…]