No Seriously, “Keep it Simple Stupid!”

I love living in San Francisco. So much energy, creativity, big shit happening (in my best Ab Fab voice). The downside of so much shit happening: SO MUCH PRESSURE to go big. But how often do we stop to ask, "Is bigger better right now?" A lot of us are sitting on ideas that could …

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An Open Letter to Adam Werbach and Andy Ruben: Growth Strategy Ideas for Yerdle

Dear Adam and Andy, First, I love your new platform Yerdle. I'm a marketer and a mom (with a decent amount of disposable income) who teaches her kids that shopping is not a sport and that "used" is often as good as new. Like you both, I've seen the light and know we have to …

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A Drama This Momma Can Handle

"What, you're doing it again? I thought you said you were finished acting?" Words I heard more than a few times after agreeing to reprise my rendition of Saundra Dern in the play "Stretchmarks: Growing Into Motherhood" last weekend at the Children's Creativity Museum. The play, co-written, produced, directed, and acted in by my dear …

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Laser Focus on What Matters…To Me

Lately everyone I talk to seems to be going through some transition, transformation, or major life challenge. People are struggling with relationships, finances, career choices...you know the drill. For those of us privileged enough to make it to middle-age, life tends to get bigger, more intense, and the decisions we make are now more important …

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Dear Inner Monologue, Please Shut Up and Let Me Get on With it.

Is that inner monologue eating you up? Does the sense of "esprit d'escalier" plague you with the things you wish you'd thought to say the last time you encountered an ex-lover, current boss, or irritating friend? Many of us chatter to ourselves all the time coming up with great point/counterpoint dialogue to hash through past …

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10 Reasons Why Vacations Matter

Wow, what’s with the furor about the first lady taking a vacation with her youngest daughter to Spain. After all she just went to Andalusia, a relatively inexpensive, unexplored by Americans, region in Spain (I wish she’d taken me with her). It’s not like she went to the South of France. Clipped from: http://www.monstersandcritics.com (share …

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Mary’s African-style Chick Pea, Cauliflower, Yam Curry

I’m a freestyle cook. That’s fancy talk for “unable to follow directions.”  I never make the same dish the same way twice. But, now that Joyce Dick, my high school English teacher, has asked for a recipe, I’m committing to one I made August 7, 2010. This recipe is loose amalgamation of a Kenyan curry …

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