Living Life as an Observer

On being a loner and grappling with loneliness Originally published on Medium two years ago today on May 19, 2013 For as long as I can remember, I expected to spend my life alone. I’m an only child and got used to playing by myself at a very young age. I was never one for [Keep Reading…]

A Lifetime of Bullies

Originally published on the Pastry Box Project one year ago today on May 10, 2014 It started when you were five on the kindergarten school bus. An older girl threatened to punch your mom if you didn’t bring her caramels. Your mom caught you stealing caramels from the kitchen drawer, found out, and it stopped. [Keep Reading…]

Where the Spirit Meets the Bone

Have compassion for everyone you meet, even if they don’t want it. What seems conceit, bad manners, or cynicism is always a sign of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen. You do not know what wars are going on down there where the spirit meets the bone.

Speak and Be Seen

Originally published on Ladies in Tech on March 12, 2013 My mom loves to tell a story about when she and my dad came to see me in a play at day camp. I was six. I had the very important job of carrying title cards from stage-left to stage-right, which depicted time passing between [Keep Reading…]

We Create Our Own Stress

An excerpt from my dialogue with Paul McAleer on our podcast Designing Yourself, Episode #18: Under Pressure (originally aired July 24, 2014), with minimal editing for readability. I require deadlines. When I don’t have deadlines, and things are open-ended, they just don’t get done. When someone makes a request of me, even something totally benign [Keep Reading…]