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Dec 13

2017

“It’s Too Dangerous to Travel.” (And Other Hard Conversations I Had While Driving Through Rural America.)

Dec 13, 2017

“It’s too dangerous.” Three little words I kept hearing over and over again when I visited the United States this fall. At dinner tables from Boston to Philadelphia, and everywhere in between—specifically many rural towns, as I was in search of autumn—we would talk about where I live in Costa Rica. How I had spent […]

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Oct 9

2017

“You Think Some Other Man is Going to Want You?” A Note on Standing Up to Bullies, Causing a Scene & Never Being Afraid to Use Your VOICE

Oct 9, 2017

“You think some other man is going to want you?”  It was only one of the things I heard him say to her from across the mahogany that evening. He was fit and tall and tan—mid thirties, maybe—as if he’d stepped out of a look book from Charleston, and she, tiny and petite, with porcelain […]

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Jan 12

2017

Most of the People I Grew Up With Voted for Trump—AND I HAD NO IDEA HOW TO REACT [A Story Through the Eyes of a “Scrappy Kid From Scranton”]

Jan 12, 2017

  For many people the election was a shock—but for me, it was a betrayal. There were things I thought I knew. I thought I knew, for example, that the smartest kid in my high school class—the one with the lightning fast wit and the ability to crush a calculus equation, who even held the […]

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Jun 20

2016

I was at Pulse Orlando.

Jun 20, 2016

“Wait,” the stranger said, running his fingers through my freshly cropped ‘do. He pulled a stray piece of hair from my face and carefully molded it back with his hands. “Now, girl, now, you’re ready to strut your stuff.” His name was Juan. He was only one of the incredible people I met at Pulse […]

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Aug 14

2015

An HR Handbook for Dealing With Assholes

Aug 14, 2015

Here’s a pessimistic point of view: People are assholes. The older I get, the more I seem to notice them—which is either because the more time I’m alive the more I increase my odds, or because that god damn Certain Dri deodorant is actually some kind of dick magnet. Or, you know, maybe it’s the […]

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Aug 12

2015

A Meditation on Shit Talkers

Aug 12, 2015

I got mad yesterday—like ear steaming, red hot, high-pitched, erratic kind of yelling mad. And, you know, I don’t get mad often. I’m generally very level-headed, very calm. Unless, of course, I’m drinking wine, in which case, “level-headed” might not be the best choice of words. Just ask the guy who filed a bogus chargeback on his […]

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Feb 9

2015

Cowardly Business Owners: An Epidemic?

Feb 9, 2015

Yesterday, I got stood up. As you may know, I have my hands in a boating company, and yesterday, a brain surgeon from the Carolinas simply didn’t show up for a charter—despite having submitted a sizeable deposit, and despite the manager waiting for him at the marina, calling, emailing, iMessaging. One might be worried, if […]

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