Category: women

3 Truths the Thirties Teach to Help Find Your Way

Pamela Duckerman’s new book, There Are No Grown-ups A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story, notes Victor Hugo referred to 40, “As the old age of youth.”  Data shows thirty-somethings reach traditional milestones at slower rates than 40 years ago. As someone who soon turns 40, the last decade reinforced the importance of kindness, humility, and determination. Women in their... Read more »

3 life lessons to embrace before turning 40

I dreaded turning 30. Almost a decade and many life lessons later, I embrace more humility, gratitude and perspective. As Julianne Moore says, aging is a privilege. Humility. While perfection is impossible, we may always learn more and do better. Our professional and family teams challenge us to stretch and grow.  We learn from people of... Read more »

Smiley faces in work emails undermine professionalism

Smiley faces in work emails undermine professionalism
Thanks to TheSkimm for flagging smiley face emojis “decrease perceptions of competence.” They link to more context from a recent Time magazine about this study with 549 people from 29 countries. Does that surprise you? It seems obvious. I cringe since I’m guilty of overusing the smiley face. They advise to avoid them in initial... Read more »
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Generations build on our country's history at Cape Cod with tradition

Generations build on our country's history at Cape Cod with tradition
As the surf roars, we remember how New England embodies our country’s foundation. The native Americans first lived inland before the pilgrims arrived. Our forefathers later built our democracy. Almost 400 years after the first English settlers set foot on nearby Plymouth Rock, our family counts church steeples as we drive toward Boston. We marvel at Cape Cod widow walks above... Read more »

Boys want Mom to be demure – yes, parents embarass kids

Ralph Waldo Emerson remarked, “Nothing great was ever done without enthusiasm.” Although that high energy inspires, one may allegedly do so with a little mystery. Parenting helps harness my boisterous spirit even though I still embarass my little ones. Our boys sometimes gently nudge me to refrain from cheering so loud. At the same time,... Read more »

Three ways my Mom helps others find their purpose

Three ways my Mom helps others find their purpose
My Mom embodies the spirit of doing well by doing good. She inspires others to do the same. As the only girl with four brothers, she worked her way through college and taught in a Chicago Public School. She exudes the spirit of adventure and fun. My Mom married my father almost 45 years ago.... Read more »
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Ron Chernow and Lin-Manuel Miranda resurrect the unsung hero Eliza Hamilton

The little known wife of Alexander Hamilton, Eliza, played an important role in American history. Ron Chernow’s Pulitzer Prize winning Alexander Hamilton biography depicts Eliza’s political and social acumen. Playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda’s fell in love with their story and portrayed it on Broadway. Chernow’s book tells the story of Alexander Hamilton of the Caribbean British West... Read more »

Hair color fix for brunettes inspired by Amal Clooney & Jennifer Lopez

I adore Amal Clooney who appears to have subtle ombre highlights. The tips of the hair is lighter than the top.
As the great writer Nora Ephron wrote, “in the 1950s only 7 percent of American women dyed their hair.”  You can look around you to see how that number has dramatically grown today. She expounded on how that helped women stay in the work force. Regardless of professional goals, many of us want to be... Read more »

This is what 38 looks like

This is what 38 looks like
37 truths and a lie… Any guesses? My husband and I go to church almost every Sunday with our boys. It’s mostly OK when people call me “mam” and a pleasant surprise when I hear “young lady”. The title I like most is “Mom.” I was terrified I’d die at 35 thanks to a childhood... Read more »
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Farewell to The Good Wife Season Finale

Farewell to The Good Wife Season Finale
*SPOILER ALERT* Although some fans were disappointed The Good Wife didn’t conclude with a happy ending, I loved it. The heroine is a strong woman leader. The final episode included many Chicago and Illinois political references. Life is messy, but repeats itself. Alicia Florrick, played by Julianna Margolis, emerged as a pillar of strength. She... Read more »