An Open Letter to My Creative Process

Dear Creative Process, which I have unfortunately and unforgivably left un-nurtured for a very long time: I know where my faults lie, but what I really want to say is, Go suck the hairy left nut of a sweaty donkey. Seriously.We've been together for a long time, you and me. We've had some good times and some bad times (more bad times than good, though, if we're going to be honest here), and you've always helped me to come ...more

Finding my lost puzzle piece. Getting back on track.

iPhone photograph from my Instagram (Diane Cu) : “Never alone” I wouldn’t be honest to you all if I said that I was doing fine. I hope you don’t mis-understand, life has been treating me very kindly. I have an wonderful and supportive partner, a bubble dog that loves me un-conditionally, a garden of heirloom tomatoes and a growing list of clients that I love photographing with. I’ve been satisfied, content with waking up every day excited about what ...more

The New Rules of Job Interviewing

For individuals who've worked for companies for several years and now have to pound the pavement in search of a new position, job interviewing can be quite stressful, in large part due to the unfamiliarity of it all. In fact it barely resembles the job interview they had years ago when they landed their last position. Technology, the economy, the ubiquity of social media -- all these have contributed to a vastly different interviewing process that may come as ...more

Help Wanted

It was about twelve years ago that I conducted my first job interview. As I questioned the candidate, it became obvious to me that I was more nervous than he was. As I fumbled my way through my inquiries, I realized I had no idea what I was doing. Fortunately, I managed to get through it, and over time, I was able to hone in my interview skills.     Although I have improved, interviewing is still one of ...more

It pays to confirm the price before you agree to services

Dec 07 2009It pays to confirm the price before you agree to services … and I learned this lesson the hard way. Over the weekend, I went to a salon to get a haircut. The last time I was there, the stylist told me about a $15 option where I could have some “spot highlights” or something like that. Just a few foil highlights here and there. I had never highlighted or colored my hair before, and thought that ...more

Confession: I am a Victim of Bank Fees

Posted by JvW on December 10th, 2009 filed in Banking The other night, while sitting on the couch, my husband was scouring eBay to find a new lamp for our living room. Choosing one turned out to be the easy part. Once he found one we both liked (for $35, score!), he logged into the Paypal account to pay for it. Then the fun really began. Paypal has recently increased their security to help prevent identity theft. This, of ...more

How to Read Like a Writer

How to Read Like a Writer Posted August 26th, 2011 by Karen Banes and filed in Writing Tags: reading, Writing, writing tips 12 Comments If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time to write. -         Stephen King As writers, we are constantly given the advice to read, read, read – and analyze what we read, but is there a trick to getting the most out of what we read? Is there a knack to reading as ...more

One Less Maverick

Yes this is another post about Steve Jobs leaving Apple, but not quite either. This post may just possibly be about you. The announcement of Jobs stepping down as CEO was met with universal grief, akin to a death. Stock issues and Apple's future aside, majority lamented the end of an era marked, uniquely, by one man's ethos. One man. In a world where you learn to acquiesce to mediocrity for survival, and consensus and conformity are prized, Jobs ...more