Building the Plane While Flying It

Taking (and giving) advice is a tetchy process. We all come at life and career from unique positions.  Even identical twins have their slight differences.  The greater the differences among us, the harder it is to generalize — something very important to consider if one is in the business of giving impractical advice.  I have… Read More

Zumba Gold : (Oh, Dear) The Review

I had such hopes for Zumba Gold.  Recommended by LiveStrong, incredible reviews on Amazon,  I. . . I . . . I . . . What was I thinking?  I was thinking that there WAS A WORLD where I would not be leaving the fitness studio in the back of an ambulance after a Zumba… Read More

Female Founders Over Forty: Understanding Toxic Workplaces

I’m back from a week in Italy, yes, it was lovely.  I met some great people, including an amazing woman in my age range.  Another woman with a remarkable past, stellar skills and jaw-dropping experience–and, like so many of us, under-employed, in a toxic environment, having to figure out whether or not we can make… Read More

The Identical Twins of Triumph and Disaster

Some people are world transformers.  We choose to go headlong into the breach, to try something, to build something, to create something that didn’t exist before.  People are not born risk-takers or leaders, or innovators, or founders.   We acquire the ambition, the skills, the experience and the know-how along the way, often at difficult cost. … Read More

Patience and the Female Founder

When I lived in Thailand, I participated in yi peng,  the tradition of creating and sending up these homemade balloons (khom loy).  People often have contests–they write their addresses on it and when people find the remains, hopefully someone will contact them.  A successfully balloon goes high and far until the flame snuffs itself out,… Read More

Oh, the Wrinkles (Happy Birthday)

It’s interesting, sad, and ridiculous how we age.  For many of us, it seems to come on suddenly after years of denial, face creams, and mirror avoidance.  For me, it came early, with a shocking amount of white in my long tresses–oh,  and facial hair that sprouted, starting out as tiny white filaments,  hard to… Read More