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Beware of career self-sabotage. It lurks in how we write office emails and memos. This has nothing to do with being a good writer. The problem is decoding office politics — most of us were never trained to deal with it. But not to worry. I’ve gathered some great advice that will help. Workplace communication […]

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Post image for 5 ways I’m losing weight as a healthy lifestyle

Over the past six months, I gained 10 pounds — the same 10 pounds I lose and gain every few years. Big sigh. I’m SO TIRED of this cycle — and I think I’m finally ready to break it. The motivating factor is a recent conversation with my 19-year-old daughter. I was enjoying a tasty […]

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Post image for Clearing gutters in a snowstorm & more, with photos

Ugh, the endless snowstorms! I can find a life lesson in almost anything. But this is one I would’ve preferred to skip. Still, I am learning. The takeaway: Be thoughtful about simple, little details. They hold consequences. This is a huge change in my approach to snow. As a homeowner, I tend to resent all […]

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Post image for I just quit my job in a bad economy. Yes, really.

After 16 months of full-time journalism, I am now officially unemployed. Never ever before have I quit a job without lining up a new gig. And so begins the next adventure, of reinventing myself — yet again — while living off my savings. This is incredibly scary for me. As a single mom with a […]

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Post image for Four reasons why we need routines

We’re entering Week 3 after Hurricane Sandy and I am finding that even my relatively unscathed life has been upended. There’s no going back. I am in search of a routine in the new normal. Even though I suffered no property damage and only lost power for four days, I am frickin’ exhausted. The first […]

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Post image for Another year, another birthday

At some point earlier this summer, I turned 56. Horrors! (I never posted the date on my Facebook because I worry about identity theft. Does that make me sound like an overly-cautious old lady? Ha.) The idea of approaching the big 6-0 is mind boggling. How in the world did I end up wandering this […]

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