Archive for April 2015

Please no more 9/11 sweaters

Earlier this year I saw the musical Ordinary Days. Overall I enjoyed it, but there was one detail that really bothered me. The show is set in New York City, but most of the themes are true of city life in general. Then a very New York-specific moment in the song “Let Things Go” made... Read more »

The worst thing to do at a job fair

When I wrote about my last job fair experience I shared the general challenge of being an introvert at a job fair, but I did not share the biggest mistake I made that day. The generalization of that mistake is “Don’t talk to potential employers at a job fair without doing research.” The specific example is... Read more »

A bed to myself

I’m traveling for work this week. I’m staying in a hotel. I get to have a whole bed to myself. I have a bed to myself. I’m not kept awake by my husband’s snoring. I don’t have to deal with one (or both) of my children whining to sleep in my bed only to reward... Read more »
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Why an IT auditor is like a playwright

My husband says I have too many hobbies. One of my favorites is playwriting. I’ve been involved in theatre since I was a kid. For 25 years, most of my time in theatre was as an actor with occasional credits as a producer, director and choreographer. But when I went back to graduate school, I... Read more »

Go ahead, make my birthday cake

Go ahead, make my birthday cake
Dirty Harry was baking a cake. It was another cop’s birthday, and there weren’t any bad guys around for Harry to shoot that day. Why not bake a delicious cake? He followed the recipe carefully. He mixed the sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla. He started measuring the dry ingredients. He poured in the flour. Next... Read more »

Bike lanes are not for pedestrians

Bike lanes are not for pedestrians
Dear cyclists, I apologize on behalf of some of my fellow pedestrians. You probably thought it would be great having a protected bike lane to keep bicycle traffic better separated from automobile traffic. Unfortunately, now cyclists have to worry about another hazard: Oblivious fussgängers wandering into their bike lanes. As a pedestrian myself I see... Read more »
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In my old school: Memories of my college theatre

Duquesne University, my undergraduate alma mater, is getting a new theatre. I’m thrilled for the students and community members who will get to enjoy the new black box theatre, but I’m sad that the era of the Peter Mills Theatre is coming to an end. For all that space’s quirks (and there were many), it... Read more »