Category Archives: Analysis

The Alarms Of Care, Or, Saturday Morning at 8:32am


On Thursday, we moved Mom’s furniture, again. Why? Well, we’d originally set up a room in the Memory Care unit of her current facility. We kept it while Mom’s been on the Skilled Nursing side, as we hoped she’d move back in. Instead, this week we will be moving Mom to another place altogether. Never […]

Whither Civility, Or, Saturday Morning at 8:52am


I don’t miss formal much at all. I don’t really care what fork someone uses for their fish, nor in what direction they scoop their soup. I never wanted my kids’ friends to call me Mrs. So-and-So, Lisa is just fine. But I miss civility. And I miss the grace notes of civility, augmented civility, […]

Everyone Thinks They Are The Good Guys, Or, Saturday Morning at 7:45am


It has come to my attention that everyone thinks they’re the good guys. I ran across this video, which is political, so let me sum it up more personally – all sides to any conflict believe they are in the right. This plays out for individuals too. When I was young, if I thought about people who […]

To Feel Relief Or Not, Or, Saturday Morning at 9:43am


Well. I hired someone to come every other week and clean my house. I managed two good walks. I cooked an actual dinner, twice. And so life flirts with normal. I am in no way ready to say we’re clear, my mom is not yet stabilized, too many factors in flux. I’ll take one moment. […]

The Privilege Annual Report To The Board – Wrapping Up 2015


Over the years I’ve habitually reported on the workings of this blog to the “board.” That means you. Doing so feels right, it’s a way to retain transparency without cluttering my writings with this kind of statement; “If you click HERE I will earn $0.16, if you buy THIS I will earn $4.05.” Or, on […]

Super<3Mega<3Most<3Casual<3Ever


Last Tuesday, having returned from Santa Barbara the night before, and having spent the bulk of the day on administrative tasks for my mother, I went to Whole Foods. I thought to myself, as I checked the full-length mirror, “I’m probably going to run into someone I know.” Decided I didn’t mind. My hair was […]

Announcing Rare Fiber, A New Kind Of Consultancy Deeply Rooted In Design And Culture


The Internet is a wondrous thing. At some point it introduced me to Grace O’Sullivan, connector par excellence, charismatic as heck. At some point, Grace asked if I’d join her in a new consultancy, Rare Fiber. Yes. I would. Here’s what we’re doing, and when I say “we” I’m one of 19 contributors. From the […]

That Which We Avoid We Cannot Resolve, Or, Saturday Morning at 8:30am


We spend a lot of time teaching our kids how to get along. How to share, use their words, take a break when things get hot. I’m wondering, now, looking back, whether we should also be teaching them to fight. Maybe fight is the wrong word. I mean work through conflict. Particularly the blood-boiling sort. […]

What The Heck Am I Even Watching On “TV?” Or, Saturday Morning at 10:37am


Broadcast Networks Big Bang Theory – Thursdays Blacklist – Hiatus You Me And The Apocalypse – Thursdays Mr. Robot – Hiatus Scandal – Thursday Modern Family – Wednesdays American Crime – Hiatus Better Call Saul – Mondays Blind Spot – Mondays Suits – Wednesdays The Good Wife – Sundays Fresh Off The Boat – Tuesdays […]

A Personal History Of Fashion In Zagreb: Guest Post From Dottoressa


A guest post by the commenter known as Dottoressa. She is a citizen of Zagreb, with a love of fashion, and this is her personal fashion history in context. In light of the bombings in Brussels, we discussed delaying this post, but in the spirit of carrying on, of being undaunted, decided to publish. She […]

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