Caroline Poser

Mom to three sons ages 14 and under, I'm a software marketing professional by day and moonlight as an author and columnist.

Hey, you in the bleachers

At first glance you might think this is just another pic of my son playing catcher, but if you zoom in and look between the batter and my son, you will see the fan that would've won the "Most Obnoxious" award in this game -- if I had one to give....more

Personal victories

“Who wants to help me write my talk?” I asked the boys....more

The trade-off

Would you give up a week of vacation time and your 401K match to be able to work at home?After being laid off recently, my choices were between a contract position and a “strategic career move” (or being unemployed while I continued to look, but as we all know, unemployment isn’t working, so I did not consider that at all)....more

The Smiling Woman: How a Stranger Saved Me

This month marks the 10-year anniversary of my re-entry into Corporate America. I had been working at home on a consulting basis and had a couple of regular clients and ad hoc projects, with my kids at a nearby daycare center part-time. But when my favorite client could not renew my contract, I updated my resume and began interviewing....more
what a touching story.  Here's a Mother Teresa quote"Everytime you smile at someone, it is an ...more

The Shape of a Family

Life Swap

I overheard a couple of managers at the supermarket talking while I was picking out bread. One was suggesting to the other that instead of “Wife Swap,” there ought to be a show called “Life Swap” where people have to switch jobs and circumstances and bills.I couldn’t help but interject, “That is such a good idea!”“I know, right?” one of the guys said.“Yeah, it could be really interesting.”“And it might not,” the other guy replied....more

Pajama Night

Ah, Pajama Night…It reminded me of the good old (hard) days a decade ago when the kids were little and shaking up the dinner-bath-bed routine with Pajama Night was one of my compliance insurance ploys (boys who haven’t had dessert yet are far easier to manage than boys who have nothing to look forward to but bedtime).<><><>...more

Let it snow

“Blah blah blah,” I wrote. “And sorry to take so long to reply... Things are good but so busy....more

When is good enough?

I'm not going to dig through unpacked boxes to find the holiday themed cupcake wrappers: cupcakes are awesome no matter what wrapper they come in. I won’t squeeze in a shoe shopping trip for the outfit I am planning to wear to the office party: I already have a workable pair. I do not have to volunteer for or donate to every cause presented to me. I don’t need to attend every holiday fair or party…<><><>...more

My "godless" childhood

No wonder I used to daydream. And count things like panes in the magnificent stained glass windows and people’s heads in the rows in front of me, or pick at my fingernails… <><><> Last weekend we had my husband’s company Christmas party in Newport, RI, which is where I lived as a child. We decided to stay over since it would have been a long, late-night drive back, and plus his manager offered to subsidize the hotel room....more