Goodbye 16. You Won’t Be Missed.

Our daughter’s birthdays have always been occasion for an excess of enthusiasm and sentimentality as we enjoyed each “first” and “last” over these past eighteen years we have been parents. With three kids so close in age – less than four years separating our oldest and our youngest  – we have truly done that andContinue reading “Goodbye 16. You Won’t Be Missed.”

Why I Won’t Be Celebrating Independence Day

This Independence Day feels like a thinly veiled joke. A wink wink among the Christian right and their ardent cronies. Their “pro-life” vision thinly wrapped in their convservative values around sex and marriage, deciding who has choice and agency and who does not. It is only when I fill out those intake forms at theContinue reading “Why I Won’t Be Celebrating Independence Day”

Dear Firstborn

Elke, To say that we are proud of the person you have become is an understatement. You are a joy and such a bright light in our lives. Although we have been honored to guide you and parent you for 18 years, the time has gone by much too fast. The sense of urgency toContinue reading “Dear Firstborn”

Social Justice for Everyone. Really

I have long identified social justice as a core value. There was never a “moment” of decision or clarity, it’s always been there, an integral part of who I am. Living my values has meant engaging with my whole heart in a multitude of roles – as a donor, an advocate, a volunteer and throughContinue reading “Social Justice for Everyone. Really”

Learning to Shelter-in-Place

I have often felt a sense of disconnect with my inner sense of self and reconciling the obvious reality of being a suburban mom. In my mind, I’m still a somewhat cool wife and mom, juggling  a career, living and working in a bustling, crowded and chaotic city. My reality – I am a wife andContinue reading “Learning to Shelter-in-Place”

Applause Applause Applause

Well, it’s been four years since my last blog. Not for a lack of life moments worthy of sharing, said the mother of three. Rather than try and play catch-up, I will just share my latest with a small slice of perspective. I recently completed my third half marathon when I ran the 3M HalfContinue reading “Applause Applause Applause”

PR Lessons Translated For Product Marketers

Know Your Audience and Tailor the Offering Just read a great story “Biting Off the High End of the Market,” an interview with the founder of Jax & Bones, a made in the USA manufacturer of high-end pet products (Disclaimer, I am also a customer of their tres chic doggy beds courtesy of our nap-lovingContinue reading “PR Lessons Translated For Product Marketers”

Milestones in Parenting, Part One

Nothing like a hard deadline to kill lingering, steadfast procrastination. In advance of next week’s showing of the health video, “introduction to puberty” to the 4th grade student body, I had “the talk” with my ten-year old daughter. Spoiler alert – mission accomplished. We have enjoyed the successful launch, Introduction to Puberty to our firstborn,Continue reading “Milestones in Parenting, Part One”

Why Hire an Agency… When You Already Know What to Do?

During one of several recent potential new client meetings, as I listened to a successful business owner tell me over and over again, “Yes, yes we already know what to do, we just don’t have the bandwidth to do it” I wanted to smile, but of course I didn’t. It is true that bandwidth isContinue reading “Why Hire an Agency… When You Already Know What to Do?”