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August 1stFor many years of my life, the first day of August has been a day tinged with a feeling of melancholy.  When I was a child growing up in Canada (where school was in session from September to the end of June), it was the day I would realize my summer holiday was half-over.  Later, being educated as an American, I would mourn the passing of two-thirds of my summer vacation....more

Does President Obama Have "Daddy Issues?"

On her July 27, 2014 show, Melissa Harris Perry shared with her Nerdland audience that her parents were unmarried and that her father was not in the home.  This made me reflect on my piece from 2013 in which I responded to her claim that President Obama has "Daddy Issues." Here is that piece:...more

What I'm Hoping to Get Out of BlogHer '14

 I'll be attending BlogHer '14 tomorrow and the day after. It will be my first blogging conference....more

The Obvious Child: New Rom-Com Talks About Abortion

The other night I finally had the chance to catch Obvious Child, the new film starring Jenny Slate. It's been a while since I've seen a movie in the theater, but I wanted to make sure I saw this one on the big screen—not for aesthetic reasons but for political ones. I want my money to register as part of its box office take....more
No. What the author fails to understand is that it's not the topic of abortion that is the ...more

Harper Lee: You Don’t Know Me

More than 50 years ago Nelle Harper Lee wrote a book called “To Kill a Mockingbird”.   It was her one and only book and it is a masterpiece, but the story behind it has always been a tantalizing enigma. ...more

Is Maureen Dowd Necessary? Defanging a Hillary Basher via a Chapter from "Dirty Words on Clean Skin"

Maureen Dowd, arguably the most powerful columnist at The New York Times, has made a career of loathing Hillary Clinton, painting her in a negative light as often as possible, whether she has anything to do with the topic at hand or not.  Dowd's latest column bashes daughter Chelsea Clinton for the $75,000 fee she ear...more

My HorsePlay experience

Over the years I have been driven to enhance my knowledge of human behavior and organizational development in an effort boost my own managerial success and to understand why some people are more effective as leaders than others. As a result I have read a plethora of books and articles on leadership, behavior, and organizational change. I have also participated and attended a tremendous number of speeches, seminars, and workshops. Each has added some level of value to my chosen field of study – Leadership....more

Why Indra Nooyi’s Work-Life Comments Are Important to Asian American Women

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi is the latest female executive to chime in to the never-ending discussion about balancing work and life. ...more
chatoveracuppa thanks for sharing your take on Nooyi's interview. If anything, I'm glad that ...more

Don't Tell Me What Not To Say

     A few weeks back, a friend posted this article on Facebook titled, "Ten Things You Should Never Say To Someone With Chronic Pain".  These things float around on every topic.  "Nine Things You Should Never Say to Breastfeeding Mothers", "Top Eight Things You Don't Mention to Foster Parents", "Five Things You Should Never Say to Someone With Bi-Racial Children" etc.  I could go on forever.  Except this time, I just felt super irritated when I finished it.  I couldn't figure out why for a long time.  Then, a light bulb went off....more