Books I Read in 2017

Another year, another 61 books. Although 2017 was an absolutely terrible year, it’s been a good year for reading. 21 of the books I read were 4 stars (out of 5) or above, including a few fun trilogies:  N.K Jemison’s Broken Earth trilogy, and Erika Johansen’s The Queen of the Tearling trilogy. I discovered a…

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Me Too. And You. And Her. And Him.

Every woman and some of the men I know has been posting to Facebook with “me too”. It’s an acknowledgment of the sheer scale of harassment in our culture. What strikes me is the discussions that come out of the posts. The harassment that we consider “acceptable” vs “unacceptable”. Harassment that started friendly, and crossed…

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My Favorite Authors

I rely on book lists as well as personal recommendations, in part because I love hearing why people think I should read certain books. One of my favorites is 200 Books Recommended by TEDsters. Each speaker gave an explanation for what they liked about the books they were recommending, which helps me have context and decide…

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Why I March

On Saturday I marched at the Women’s March in downtown Boston. Several people have asked me what the point of it was, so I want to share. This is why I marched. I didn’t march to protest the inauguration, or the US Constitution, or democracy. I didn’t march to try to pass specific legislation or…

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America under Trump: Next Steps

I did a lot of thinking this weekend about the countries I’ve lived in, and the countries I’ve visited. How do they compare to life in the United States? Particularly, how do they live in the America under Trump? It’s given me some perspective around the election and upcoming inauguration. Particularly, some perspective around the issues…

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Books I Read in 2016

Every year I track the books I read. This year, the best books I read were Contagious, by Jonah Berger, A Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood, and Travels with Charlie, by John Steinbeck. My favorite by far was A Handmaid’s Tale. I’ve read Atwood’s The Blind Assassin (twice) and couldn’t stand it, but now I can’t wait to…

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

I’m not sure when I realized I wasn’t going to live past 21. I say “realized” because, at the time, it didn’t feel like a decision. I saw suicide as a possible solution, but I didn’t consider it something I was capable of. I had no suicidal plans; instead I dreamed of accidents. I figured…

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Can Women Really “Have it All”?

There’s been a lot in the news lately around women in the workforce. Specifically, can women “have it all.” When it comes to workforce equality, I think we’re at a plateau. “Having It All” is becoming a buzz word (buzz phrase?). Yet the solutions don’t exist – we still need to find or create them….

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