The Lipstick Promise

Bored at a building meeting, we'd whisper an ever important question to one another,  If you could only have ONE make-up component, what would it be? Heather always opted for her beloved eyelash curler -which to this day perplexes me.  Camille went for foundation.  Mascara was Barb's favorite.  For me the answer was of course lipstick. My... Continue Reading →

A Meeting of the Mind

I struggle with insomnia.  I fall asleep without issue, but my mind pops awake with important agenda items round about 2AM.  My mind is a horrible boss with zero sense of humor.  And it runs a bad meeting. First it has me revisiting the previous day's failings.  The toddlers who cried nonstop at the the... Continue Reading →

God in a Bookstore

Mr. Thayer's lecture was veering from the Revolutionary War to incidentals from his childhood. The hands on the wall clock refused to move.  I was being held captive in 5th grade history, the last period of the day. The only positive was the window.  I scanned the parking lot for our station wagon.  Today my... Continue Reading →

Throne Games

"You've only got to take the throne of your personality and sit yourself upon it to see at once that you are conspicuously too small for it." (Source unknown.) Those times when I've pushed God off the throne, the result has been pervading sadness, longing that's unfulfilled, anxiety. Conversely, when I've reached the end of... Continue Reading →

Validation

  My friend, Sylvia (pseudonym), was complaining that a co-worker, whom she had hired, was receiving a new title and a raise -- all while Sylvia had spearheaded projects that  advanced company revenue.  Sylvia was dispirited and determined to look for a new job. The Harvard Business Review describes 3 C's that employees desire - Career ... Continue Reading →

Churches, Sheep, and the Book of Psalms

My parents attended an Episcopal church steeped in liturgical practices. Most male attendees were scratch golfers who wore pink ties even in the dead of winter.  The women wore Lilly Pulitzer shifts with cable knit sweaters draped over their shoulders. Priests came and went - faster it seemed if they couldn't hold their own on... Continue Reading →

Lessons from a Jury Room

The evidence was clear. The theft had been videotaped for goodness sake. Granted, the image was blurred; the lighting at the Jewel store at 2AM had been minimal. But there he was, our defendant, a 20-something, African-American man reaching toward the cell phone display. Caught red handed, argued the prosecution. I surveyed the faces of... Continue Reading →

Doing versus Being

At 5:30 AM my mother's heels were on the move. Incessant and impatient - as if there was little time to accomplish her tasks.  I'd bury my head in the pillow and try for another hour of sleep. What on earth is she doing?  It certainly wasn't cleaning.  Cooking?  Maybe, since she likely had guests... Continue Reading →

A CAVU Day

I was sitting through a mandatory meeting about changes in the math curriculum.  I kept my eyes on the speaker enough to feign interest.  Mostly I stared at my phone's unresponsive face resting on my lap, mute and slightly mocking.  When the speaker broke us into small groups, I offered the most minimum of input.... Continue Reading →

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