My Husband Does the Laundry

Yes, my husband does the laundry. Not just his own laundry, but all of it: towels and sheets, the kids’ clothes and mine, placemats and reusable masks. Every weekend, he collects dirty clothes from hampers, runs load after load, hangs the delicate items on a rack, and folds the rest into neat dryer-fresh piles that … Continue reading My Husband Does the Laundry

You Get What You Measure (So Be Careful What You Measure)

Remember the story about the genie who was freed from the magic lamp? “You get three wishes – any three wishes! – but choose carefully!” The greedy soul who rubs the lamp always wastes a wish or two. “I want to be ruler of the universe!” And poof! he’s transformed into a giant yardstick. He … Continue reading You Get What You Measure (So Be Careful What You Measure)

Passion Projects

Think back: what was your first experience with a passion project – when you felt perfectly immersed, relishing your time spent and operating at your best? I can tell you exactly what that was for me: working on the weekly newspaper in college. I joined the school paper, but not because I was particularly interested … Continue reading Passion Projects

Reading the Tea Leaves

Certain people seem to have a sixth sense – insights that go beyond what is actually said or done. These are the people you seek out after a meeting goes south to ask, “What happened in there?” And they can tell you exactly what went wrong, who caused it, when it happened, and maybe even … Continue reading Reading the Tea Leaves

Hackers Gonna Hack

I remember sitting next to my mother in the waiting room of numerous doctors’ offices – all outfitted nearly the same: brown chairs with wooden armrests, scuffed industrial carpet, receptionist behind a sliding glass window. My mom would hunch over a clipboard thick with paperwork, huffing with indignation. Why is it necessary for a dermatologist … Continue reading Hackers Gonna Hack

The Beauty of Nature

I had ambitions for a blog post this week about cybersecurity, passion projects, or emotional intelligence, but after twenty-four hours of being flat out from my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (which I still wholeheartedly recommend to everyone able to get it) and in celebration of Mother’s Day, I share here a simple but … Continue reading The Beauty of Nature

For the Love of Pets

For years I said “no way” to getting a dog. The challenges of work and family, commuting and business travel, dishes and laundry, homework and housework...at times handling these and more has had me teetering on the brink of insanity. Why would anyone in their right mind take on the additional responsibility of caring for … Continue reading For the Love of Pets

Touching the Future

My grandfather – we called him “Pops” – taught math in the New Haven public schools for 32 years. When I was with Pops at a store or restaurant in New Haven, even long after he retired from teaching, we’d invariably run into a former student. I picture my small hand engulfed in his large … Continue reading Touching the Future

The World’s Gone Hybrid

Remember when hybrid referred to cars that run on gas and electricity? How quaint. Today, it seems that everything is hybrid. The word hybrid comes from the Latin hybrida meaning the offspring of two dissimilar organisms. Mythical human-animal hybrids — like the half-man half-horse Centaur — evoke images of bizarre creatures that express some attributes … Continue reading The World’s Gone Hybrid

Building Fault Tolerance

Last week my ten-year-old son got a question wrong on his math test. No big deal, right? But I saw his face fall as he realized it was the end of his perfect streak. However, I'm actually glad for the small slipup because I know it’s important that he become adept at learning from mistakes. … Continue reading Building Fault Tolerance