Going into a season of giving and consuming, and before we get to the part where we make grand plans about how to better ourselves, I have a mantra to ponder: BE HONEST. I don’t mean destroy the filter in your brain that tells you it might not be a good idea to say something. I... Continue Reading →
Politeness is a way to show respect and decency, empathy, even— but it can also be a place to hide. It’s polite to RSVP. It’s polite to let someone know if you’re running late. To offer them a drink when they come to your house. To anticipate someone's wants and needs and make an effort to... Continue Reading →
Here’s the kicker: we will all cause harm in our lifetimes. But it’s possible to make choices to reduce harm, and to actively seek understanding of the impact we have.
When I worked at Borders in Downtown Crossing in Boston (remember Borders?!), I was once reprimanded for asking customers if they needed a bag for their purchase rather than giving them one automatically. I explained my reasoning to the manager (lots of people actually don’t— and never thought about it, and would be just as... Continue Reading →
The badass female is on the rise! As I’ve been thinking about this project, the first question that comes to mind is: What is a badass, anyway? Sure, you know it when you see it— someone’s in full-on fight mode, kicking ass and taking names, and you watch, awe-struck. What a badass! But what makes... Continue Reading →
I have always liked art-- drawing, reading, museums. But I went through a very literal phase as a teenager where I sort of didn't get it. What's the use? I'd ask. What's the benefit? That's nice, that's fun, but is it important? Do we really need art? Shouldn't we study engineering, or microbiology, or something?... Continue Reading →