Everything Went Blank

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Time doesn’t quite seem to be on my side. We always think there will be more time, but in so many ways there won’t be… enough. For the third time in my life, my heart has been broken.  It was a physical aching, stabbing, sharp pain that pierced my chest when I received the text, “You’re getting another sibling.”  “What…,” I responded. His quick reply, “Your boy’s a fiancé!!!” Blank […]

One Step

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Lao Tzu famously wrote that the journey of a thousand miles starts with one step, which despite its face value, “yeah, no shit” philosophy, tells me that even the greatest achievements and distances are realized in the smallest of increments, and that paramount to all, is that there is a start. One must simply start, as small a step as it may be, in order to get from here to […]

The State of My Estate

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My next door neighbor died nine months ago. His name was Tom. We lived across from each other for seven years.  He lived a very quiet, modest life, only owning a beat up car that rarely started, and a few antique furniture pieces. He kept cash hidden under his bed (he didn’t trust big banks), and lived alone in a rent-controlled apartment for thirty years. Over the years, a handful […]

Waking Up to the Wonder of Difference

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I grew up in a half white, half Mexican neighborhood in Roseville, CA. My best friend was Hally (Angelica) Rodriguez. Her parents were Mexican immigrants. Her older brother was a cholo and sold drugs from her house. He was a dick. Her older sister was tough and foul-mouthed and her bangs stuck straight up in a great wall of a tidal wave above her forehead. She was so cool, I […]

Mixed-Race with a White Identity

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What happens when a mixed race child only has a white identity and then goes out into the world? I have spent my entire life straddling many worlds culturally, socially and racially. I am a mixed race woman and I am in a family of transracial adoption. (Transracial adoption means adopting children of a different race). My biological mother was a white woman from Dallas, Texas. My birth father was […]

Holidays with Family, Emotional Rollercoasters, Lessons Learned

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Some people experience life over 50 as increasingly problematic.  I’ll admit that sometimes I’m one of them. Yet for me, one of the best things about getting older is the ability to take a step back and look at my stuff. And I don’t mean my tea collection. It’s safe to say that most adults are still carrying around some baggage left over from childhood; if their parents were great, […]

Past Present: Sacha Baron Cohen, the Yoga Vote, and Middle Children

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In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate Sacha Baron Cohen’s new show, the viability of a “yoga vote,” and the demographic shift bringing about the disappearance of the middle child. Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: British prankster and social critic Sacha Baron Cohen has a new show, “Who Is America?” Niki recommended this New York Times article comparing the tactics of conservative James O’Keefe to those […]

A Poor Man With Lots of Money

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Pablo Picasso once said “I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money.” At first that statement might make us laugh, due to the irony in it, but it gets at the heart of two important issues that are often different sides of the same coin: living simply while enjoying the small pleasures in life versus spending our life amassing money and possessions. Like many people, I’ve […]

September 2017: Celebrating Mentors

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At an earlier point in my career, I thought having a mentor would solve all my problems. I quickly realized that there aren’t always fairygodmothers in business and let go of the rigid notion of one super-executive who would be available to give me all the right answers at my beck and call. I realized that mentors are everywhere; I just had to be open enough to see them. There was […]

Past Present Podcast: Theresa May, Goop, and Father’s Day

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In this week’s episode of Past Present, Niki, Neil and Natalia debate the outcome of the recent British election, Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop, and the history of Father’s Day. Theresa May The recent snap election in Britain resulted in a “hung parliament” and weakened support for Teresa May as Prime Minister. We discussed the results in the context of other recent elections in Europe and the U.S., including Britain’s vote […]