Books I Read in 2015

Once again, I’m sharing a list of everything I read this year. Books are rated on a totally subjective scale of 1-5 stars. In short, here’s what each rating means: * I couldn’t finish reading it, I hated it so much ** I finished the book, but I wish I had the hours back I…

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Books I Read in 2014

I read a total of 55 books this year, beginning with a take on Pride and Prejudice (though I’ve never gotten into Jane Austen, I very much enjoyed Longbourne), and ending with rereading my all time favorite fantasy book, Words of Radiance. Once again, the majority of these were recommendations from my book club, Time’s all-time 100…

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How to Identify Racial Bias

Geneva: “You’re racially biased.” Peter: “I am? What do you mean by that?” Geneva: “You have fired 5 African Americans, and promoted 2 Caucasians. That’s racial bias.” Peter: “Well, that was purely coincidence.” Geneva: “…Cary Agos was not ready to be promoted to Deputy. Matan Brody was. I was. Together we had 2 decades more experience, but you…

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Books I Read in 2013

I read 44 books in 2013, between my book club, library recommendations, Time’s all-time 100 novels, and TED speaker recommendations. My rating system is based mostly on how much I enjoyed the plot, and how well written the book was. Happily, most everything I read is a 3 or above – this year there was…

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Knitting Project: Tulip Cardigans

Thanks to inspiration by way of an old friend, and a pattern by way of Ravelry, I’ve made two tulip cardigans for my 20 month old nieces. A tulip cardigan is a sweater, in case that wasn’t obvious. But the pattern is called “Tulips – a Colorful Cardigan.” The sweaters fit them perfectly, they’re easy…

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Can Business Women find Mentors?

Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In is perhaps the best book I’ve read all year. It’s certainly the best non-fiction book I’ve read in many years. The primary reason Lean In has impacted me so greatly is simple: Since I work in technology, I work with similar male/female ratios to Sandberg. Her suggestions of how to stop treating myself…

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Knitting Project: Animal Hats

Lately, I’ve been working on animal hats for all of my favorite young children. I’ve made owls, bears, pigs, frogs, monkeys, and cats. Below are a few recent hats I’m particularly pleased with. Animal Hats Except for the owl hat, each hat is just a simple seed stitch. I add eyes, ears, whiskers, and other…

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Knitting Project: Sage Green Afghan

It’s been awhile since I completed a knitting project. Aside from two new mobiles for two new mothers in my life, this sage green afghan is the first project I’ve completed since January! I made this afghan for two good friends who deserve to keep warm this autumn. It turned out very well, and I’m…

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