I'm Proud To Have Raised Such An Amazing Daughter

The first time I realized that my daughter was actually mothering me, she was all of 7 years old. We were at a summer pool party thrown by my ad agency's creative director—a mom herself, who loved kids. She was swimming with my daughter Lillie, who was playfully splashing her. "Take it easy," I called to Lillie. "That's my boss!" ...more
Sounds like you raised a great person!more

What People Really Look Like Behind Appearances

The other day, someone asked me on Twitter about balance -- and I knew they weren't talking about my Wii Fit yoga score. They wanted to know what advice I had on getting it all done. It being, all of "it." I sat at the other end of the screen, surprised, because Wow, do I look like someone who has it all together?...more
It was the same to me. I had to do a lot of things the whole week and I didn't watch TV at ...more

I Found the Path to Get Girls to Code

“You cannot be, what you cannot see”...more
Amazing job. Bravomore

He Kept Saying, "Just Stop. You're Ruining Everything."

You never forget the first time you're confronted in the workplace by an undeniable feeling of ickiness. Sometimes that ickiness directly follows someone telling you that you're not okay how you are....more
''Or a recipe for people who die young of cancer and heart attacks because of the build-up of ...more

What Does Friendship Mean To You?

What makes someone a real pal? I mean, sure, there's a death in your friend's family, you show up for the funeral. She gets married, you go to the wedding. She gets sick, you show up for the sick part. (As long as said friend is not barfing. In the event of barf, I will leave something lovely at the door, but you will not see me till you're not germy. Sorry. It's a phobia.) I know all that, and I also know not everybody gets even those basics right. One guy turned down the invitation to my wedding because, as he put it, "Really, what fun am I going to have at your wedding?" ...more
I've had to go through the motions with this stuff too. Lately, I make an effort to detach ...more

You Can Travel Travel To Europe Without Spending Your Kids' College Funds

One thing you will always hear people complaining about is how expensive it is to travel in Europe. True, flights from the U.S. to Europe can be pricey, but once you are on the ground it is a whole different story. The Euro has been slipping for months now, and it is almost neck-and-neck with the U.S. dollar, which means you are no longer paying extra just to be in another country. Even Switzerland, where they don't even use the Euro, is running close to the dollar, although this notoriously expensive country is still pricey even when the dollar is up. ...more
All the points are useful and with the proper planning and research you can have a great trip on ...more

What Got Me to Run for State Legislature

Five months ago, I ran for a seat in the Hawaii State Legislature. ...more
Hi Tracy:  Sorry for the late response, and yes, I know what you mean.  I think the trick is to ...more

Fun Nights in Hawaii for Pop Culture Fans

Hear the term “Hawaiian entertainment” and some stereotypical images probably come to mind. Tiki bars. Hula dancing. Fruity cocktails with a wedge of pineapple speared through with a small paper umbrella. Kind of cute, kind of kitschy. ...more

The Surprising Way I Became a Personal Branding Expert

Most take to word “expert” too seriously and are intimidated by the notion that they too can possess such a title. ...more
Great advice, especially in this brave new world of social media!  Authors face this every day. ...more

Be Classy and Happy With These 11 Thank You Cards

The introduction of emailing, texting, and social media in general has made written notes and cards almost forgotten. Now you can send an invitation online or ask for a RSVP via email and text, but how do you say thank you?...more
great reminder that a hand written note can be so powerful!more