It has not been an easy week. From difficulty with websites to difficulty with people, there are times when I would like life to be easier. I'm sitting now at one of the two coffee shops in Rania, listening to Adele on repeat. Adele is easy on the ears, and I find myself gradually relaxing. … Continue reading Success Redefined
I get on the bus and swipe my Charlie Card, my ticket to discounted rides for the last ten and a half years. The bus driver nods as I say hello. There is room to sit down, but I stand. Central Square is a 12-minute walk from my house, but the bus is a wonderful … Continue reading Goodbye 250
I try to relax as a skilled professional stretches my muscles. My leg goes up, far above my head; far higher than I could imagine. He holds it in place for 30 seconds, teaching me, explaining what he is doing and why. He has me lie on my left side and works the muscles … Continue reading Physical Therapy, Editing, and Sanctification
This past week Brenda Barnes died. She was 64 years old. You may not know much about Brenda Barnes, but she is an interesting role model for women looking at work choices. Brenda was the first CEO of PepsiCo. She broke the proverbial glass ceiling, but for her it wasn't enough. After working as … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Lack of Choice in the Workplace
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A couple of months ago I did a series called "Finding Your Niche." This series was a set of guest posts by third culture kids who have found places that fit their multicultural pasts. The theme of the series - "How do I connect my multicultural past with a meaningful present?" The essays were excellent. … Continue reading On Work and the Third Culture Kid
Let me tell you about Charlie. I work in one of the busiest parts of the city of Boston. From tourists with money to spend to homeless without money, this area sees it all. There are the wealthy and the poor, the able and the lame, the seeing and the blind, the casual dresser and the … Continue reading On Work and Charlie
"We live within two worlds, the covenantal cosmos of God and the pluralizing, secularizing, globalizing world of the 21st-century. How do we hold them together with any kind of coherence? All of us live within both worlds; we are called to live between these worlds. And in that there is a tension for all of … Continue reading On Work – What it Means, Why it Matters
With the sweet taste of communion bread still on my tongue I curse Monday morning. How can this be? How can I so quickly forget Sunday's rest and grace as I step into the day after? There is always a Monday after. It might not be the literal day, but there is always a Monday … Continue reading How Do I Live out Sunday Rest in my Monday Chaos?
Hurricane Sandy has taken the news captive. Judging by the amount of attention and panic this hurricane has caused I'm waiting for it to be called either a right or a left wing conspiracy, designed specifically to take the focus away from the looming election onto the weather. This storm has again reminded me that Americans … Continue reading Happily Non-essential!
I sit down at my desk and my fingers automatically reach for the keyboard. I know the keys by heart. In less than a second a screen comes to life. Control+Alt+Delete has done it again. Those three keys have started my day. It's my first task and today it gets me. Today I feel I … Continue reading Control+Alt+Delete and God Loveth Adverbs
My physical place of work has few redeeming qualities. It is an institutional building much in need of repair. Cubicles line the walls in Soviet style rigidity, indistinguishable apart from the occasional family photo or obsession with stuffed beanie babies that carries over from home into the work place. The faces of those who work … Continue reading The Lunch Table: Where Food,People & Opinion Meet Google
My place of employment has just been hit with a tornado of sorts, leaving behind a new world that is governed by the “pink slip”. There is little decor in this building other than the occasional employee that goes overboard to create a “home-like” atmosphere of a cubicle that will always be ugly, beanie babies … Continue reading The World According to the Pink Slip