{Note: This post contains affiliate links which do not change your price, but supports this blog. The opinions shared are 100% my own.} Do you sometimes feel like things just ‘happen’ for a reason? That somehow you are meant to ‘stumble’ upon something or someone who, unbeknownst to you, will make an impact in your life? Well, thanks to a conversation with my mom, I learned about Ruth Soukup, an amazing and inspiring woman, after reading her book, “How To… Read more »

“Un soir fait de rose et de bleu mystique, Nous échangerons un éclair unique, Comme un long sanglot, tout chargé d’adieux;”(Baudelaire, La Mort des Amants, Les Fleurs du Mal) As a self-professed francophile, naturally I couldn’t resist opening my Valentine’s Day post with ‘un peu de poésie française’ (a little French poetry). Nothing more romantic than the verse above from Baudelaire’s “La Mort des Amants.” Sounds gruesome when translated into English, The Death of Lovers, but….trust me….Baudelaire is hot. And… Read more »

[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 »