Category: Women

How to think and play big

I read a lot of self-help books. Most are…eh. So I was pleasantly surprised when I read Tara Sophia Mohr’s Playing Big, which came out last fall. I think there are some interesting insights in there for readers generally, and as I’ve been pondering my own career. Mohr’s thesis is that many people (she writes for women, which is smart if you’re do… read more »

“And then there were the wife bonuses”

If one party in a relationship earns a paycheck, and the other doesn’t, how should financial decisions be made? When should either party need to consult the other, and when is that not necessary? There are answers in the real world, and then there are answers, according to a recent essay in the New York Times, in the rarefied world of the Upper East Side of Manh… read more »

StoryWorth: Living well is the best revenge

Earlier in the week, I mentioned that I was guest judging StoryWorth’s Mother’s Day essay contest. I’m happy to share news of the winner, a tale by Naomi F. of her grandmother, Marie Pinney. Her grandmother was quite a glamorous woman as you can see by this photo, and a brave one too. Her marriage dissolved in the early 1940s, but she embraced being a singl… read more »

Faulty work/life narrative 3: It’s all on mom

Like many people, I’ve been shocked by the news of Dave Goldberg’s death late last week. It was an utterly senseless accident, and regardless of who the people in question were, the idea of a happy couple going off on vacation and the wife coming back as a widow with two young kids is just heart wrenching. Most readers of this blog know what we do of Goldberg fr… read more »

Faulty work/life narrative 2: Working moms don’t sleep (or get me time)

A little confession: I love my sleep. Love it. I don’t just love feeling focused and productive after a good rest (though that is nice). I love sleep for its own sake. I love that delicious feeling of sinking into dreamland, the way my brain pieces images together, and that lovely sense, on the best mornings, of drifting in and out of natural grogginess with no… read more »