• Work & Home

    How to Have a Happy Little Thanksgiving

    When I was younger, I always wondered where those giant family gatherings I saw on TV actually occurred. Certainly not in my own home: my parents lived far from their extended families, which meant…

  • New Directions

    How to Follow Through

    Not long ago,¬† I learned two new things that have really stuck with me: 1. The ancient Greek word akrasia, which describes our tendency to act against our own best interests.¬†Akrasia is at the…

  • New Directions

    The Myth of The Right Time

    Two of my students this semester are non-traditional. That’s the academic way of saying they didn’t complete college in the years between 18 and 23. They’re both in their thirties, both mothers of teenage…

  • Work & Home

    Change of Seasons Closet Cleaning

    This post contains an affiliate link for Stitch Fix. If you click through and schedule a fix, I’ll receive a small credit to my account. Thanks!   For the past couple of years, I’ve…

  • Mind & Body

    Life As It Is

    Last week I came across this beautiful thought. It’s an excerpt from the Our Appoinment with Life, a book of Buddhist teachings translated by Thich Nhat Hanh. Do not pursue the past. Do not…

  • Mind & Body

    Moving On

    We’re all survivors in one way or another–that’s why we’re still here. Perhaps you’ve survived a serious illness. Or an unexpected change of career. Or the breakup of a long relationship. No matter what…