Age is just a number

Lately, my back has been bothering me more than usual. I push through and walk - that seems to be the best therapy for it. I don't want to take pain medication because who wants that? I also recently got new glasses - the euphemistically called "progressives", which...

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Yes, TV shows can be a gift

As a teen in the 1980s, television had an outsized influence on my life - particularly science fiction TV. I remember the first time I watched an episode of Battlestar Galactica (O.G.) with my dad. At the end, when the Lorne Greene narration intoned, "The last...

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Travel can be hell on the waistline

I'm not a dieter. I don't micromanage my food intake. I do try to exercise, but that's more about keeping healthy and helping my back stay loose. But travel can be hell on the waistline. It's even worse when it's work-related travel, because the opportunity to walk...

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Life’s too short for regrets

There are many experiences in life that I wish I hadn't had. But if I had to do it all over again, would I choose to skip those experiences? Not a chance. Like we're told in all time-travel movies, you change even one little thing about your past, the ripples could...

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Sometimes I’m a bad mom

So often, I'm asked how I manage to "do it" - meaning, how I'm a mom and work and travel and do all sorts of stuff. It's easy: My husband is the primary caregiver. And my mother-in-law? She's basically the third parent. (Seriously, they know they have to listen to...

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Learn how to walk on the sidewalk, jerkwad

A friend once likened me to a Russian icebreaker - the small boat that finds the cracks in the ice, breaking it apart and allowing the larger ships to come through. We were at SXSW and my skills at navigating a crowd without stopping impressed. I grew up on Long...

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Wow. I’m just feeling overloaded

I suspect many of us are feeling this way lately. I wouldn't even be writing about this, except I vowed to blog every day this year and I missed yesterday already, and don't want to miss two in a row. One once in a while is fine, but multiple days in a row? Not OK by...

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Attack of the plumbing

First, we noticed the seal between one toilet and the floor had some water leaking out of it. We shut the water off, got ourselves to Home Depot and ordered a new toilet. Then, one toilet kept running no matter what. It had responded to various adjustments for a...

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Hail, the Introverted Extroverts

I'm an introverted extrovert. Or am I an extroverted introvert? I'm not really sure - it could easily go either way. I've taken the Myers-Briggs test several times and each time, I scored very clearly on one side or the other in all categories - except for...

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I love stock photos

People in stock photos are always so chipper. Except when they're expressing a negative emotion, then they are appropriately sad, mad and otherwise not cheerful. They live in a world utterly unlike our own. I got some special once to get lifetime access to a stock...

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