[Note: This post may include affiliate links.] I love blogging, but I’ll be honest —it can be hair-raising!! For starters, I found it difficult to identify my niche and find my voice. So many ideas, so little time!! Although I consider myself to be relatively tech-savvy — heck, I know how to read a ‘document type definition’ (.dtd) and code in SGML, the precursor to HTML–it can still be challenging to keep up with the latest trends, especially with the… Read more »

Melt Your Valentine's Heart

Stress-Free Valentine’s Day? Do you find yourself stressing out again at about this time of the year, after the whirlwind of the winter holidays and realizing that “Oh, crap! It’s almost Valentine’s Day again” (…and I have no idea what trinket to offer my loved one?) I certainly can relate….balancing your desire to melt your love’s heart and prove your unwavering love and devotion without going overboard on pricey, tacky ‘tchotchkes’ or trinkets. Oh what to do? Never fear, read… Read more »

Citizen Diplomacy Trump’s recent Executive Order banning entry to the United States to citizens of seven countries, even those with U.S. permanent resident status, will go down in history perhaps the most vile action during his first 10 days in office.  Protests spontaneously erupted at international airports across the US in response to Custom and Border Protection’s (CBP) enforcement of Trump’s edict of hate. I won’t belabor the point of how flawed or hypocritical his executive order is–the major news… Read more »

Philadelphia, January 21, 2017 I consider myself to be an arm chair activist. When the Women’s March on DC was announced, I pondered participating. Having recently moved from the DC area to a small town in neighboring Pennsylvania, I thought about whether or not I could deal with having to navigate the DC metro with large crowds. A coworker who lives near Philadelphia asked if I would be marching. I explained that I was on the fence. She told me… Read more »

Carpe Diem

I took a leap of faith last October as a midlife career changer. Leaving a prestigious Fortune 125 publishing company (Bloomberg) for a different kind of giant (a huge public university) meant stepping out of my comfort zone. Years of publishing meant I had built up a significant knowledge base and was the ‘go-to’ person who trained a cadre of Quality Assurance contractors. Moving from go-to person to ‘fish out of water’ takes gumption. During my ‘settling in’ period, I… Read more »

One of my favorite memories of childbirth in Japan was a postpartum aromatherapy massage. I had a c-section and in Japan, the hospital clinic insisted that I recuperate for a week. (This could be the subject of another post!) On the morning of my hospital discharge, I had my very first (and to date, best) massage. The lavender essential oil used by the massage therapist helped me relax. Despite not having had a restful night, I felt completely rejuvenated and… Read more »

Last summer, I passed a phone screening for an out of state job interview. One of the questions I was asked was “What will be the most difficult thing for you if you are accepted for this position?” I was honest and replied, “The location as I will need to relocate with my family, but I’m willing to do that.” Little did I know that several months later, I would be called upon to do so…! Fast forward to September…. Read more »