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October 3, 2016

The business end of blogging

(Almost) every morning I write. I credit my need to write to my mother who made me keep a journal. Every night I had to sit with my bound book for 15 minutes. Roughly 87% of my entries were about how much I loathed keeping a journal. The rest were poems written to my cat. For a brief period of time I wrote about Nate Archibald, the Celtics point guard with the nickname Tiny who made his way cheerfully through the courts with the giants. He was my guy. Although he probably enjoyed his paycheck he Read more […]

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March 21, 2016

What can go wrong….(moaning about Monday)

Shall. On a Monday. I am not a Monday hater. I see grumpy cat memes and listen to pop songs lamenting another school week and I shrug. At least I used to shrug when I could move my shoulders. Now I just mentally shrug and on good days lets add a knowing chuckle where I am both “with you” and “above you” Monday moaners. Steve steps it up even more and walks around with a Weekends are Overrated t -shirt on…issuing a challenge to the undercaffeinated. Now that he works from home I am the only Read more […]

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March 9, 2016

Life is getting in the way of my napping

Woman napping on couch

Napping is core to my identity. I make a daily list that includes a nap. All other items can stare at me accusingly and I will still feel accomplished if I can cross off “nap” with the strong line of a pencil held in a well rested hand.  If I haven’t napped during internationally acknowledged siesta time I will often take an evening nap, screwing my sleep cycle just to experience the bliss of snuggling into bed during off hours. Lately life is getting in the way of my naps. My morning walks Read more […]

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September 15, 2015

Present Tense

There are times I feel younger than my age because of weird enthusiasms. Like when I lean in with glee to hear about a friends sexual interludes, or when I joke about nutsacks with my kids, and obviously when I pretend the pool cue is a tail and trot oddly around the game room. Then there are times when I feel about 16 for more sickly reasons. I measure up my outfits against other moms at school pick up, I force myself to stay late at a party for fear I will miss something, and when I rebel Read more […]

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September 23, 2014

We are we?

Yesterday I watched Leo lie in the dentist chair receiving his first filling. After a fair amount of thought we agreed to the nitrous oxide. He lay outstretched, nose covered by a grape flavored mask, mouth stretched by dental tools, eyes wrapped in sunglasses to shield him from the bright light. I found myself looking away from his face, at his still tanned legs. Looking at scrapes, and pen marks that told the story of his last few months. He is a newly eight year old. He is my son. He is not a Read more […]

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January 28, 2014


Every time the rumors of IBM layoffs come around I hit zillow will a new fervor, imagining a time in the not too distant future when IBM lets go of the hardware fab in Essex, and thus lets go of Steve. He is usually reassuring, but these rumors are coming more frequently and the cuts are going deeper, so this time around he isn’t putting a stop to my research. That said I have a few possible post Shelburbia sites. I need feedback, I don’t know many of these communities well. I am a bit of Read more […]

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December 20, 2013

Quick quiz

Which element is most egregious…(overheard at a virtual conference) 1. Using nouns as verbs…when an actual verb exists. “Let’s see if we can find a way to solution this before January.” 2. Overestimating their ability to flex the space time continuum. “We have decided as an organization not to change the way we have done things in the past.” 3. Solutioning problems of their own making. Entire conference is about competing IBM technologies to allow virtual conferencing. This Solutioning Read more […]

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November 14, 2013

Procrastination, perfectionism, depression

Go head and click these links if you want to understand the references. If you don’t click this will go faster and be a less effective procrastination tool. Why procrastinators procrastinate. (more like how…but its mostly brilliant so we can let that go.) How to beat procrastination. (Or start to beat it…) Years ago I was planning to build a procrastination app but I never got around to it. As much as that sounds like a 2010 iOS conference punchline it is the truth. I wanted an app Read more […]

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October 22, 2013

Heads up, shut down.

It was a very social weekend, he tells me. I read into this and try to pry more details out of him. This friend keeps things to himself effortlessly, so this is about as effective as asking Bellichick for an injury update. (Can any of you tell me how I have been a rabid Patriots fan for 20 years and have not learned how to spell our head coaches name? No?) There is a bit of something there though, so I work on the nail with my screwdriver, unequipped to get the job done. He sums up his non story Read more […]

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