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Remembering Home Towns

August 19, 2005 by  

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While many experiences bring out senses and images that take me back in time, none are as distinct or intense as trips to New England and London, perhaps because my life in each was so magical and life forming……whereas life in other parts of the world were either stepping stones or romantic comedies. At times, I think it of in this way……each move and experience is like a book chapter, whereas traveling back to my ‘home town’ unravels a beautiful historical novel that consistently introduces lesson after lesson, the kind that are so sacred in our life journey. I don’t think anyone is truly prepared to handle the passing of the guards, yet its such an integral part of every culture. Some cultures have more structured traditions to help make this rite of passage tamer, yet none powerful enough to make the process easy for any of us. Loss, and it comes to us in more packages than physical ones, i.e., a job, a severed relationship with a friend or a business associate, a divorce……and then there’s the physical kind which is always harder, i.e., losing a spouse, parent, child or family property. A recent trip back to upstate New…

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I’m Gearing Up for Small Town

August 5, 2005 by  

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I’m gearing up for small town east coast –upstate NY — living for about a month, the place where well known author Richard Russo has made his mark. Despite the fact that I spent some of my childhood here and have lived in African and Asian villages one tenth its size, it will be a dramatic change from Silicon Valley urban living, where I hear sirens and barking dogs all day. (and do swing-outs with men who wear the word geek on their shirt). I contacted an old time friend, who has been the editor of this small town newspaper for a number of years. The stories I’d love to write about the high school personalities of this small-fry town……..how far can we go and still be part of respected part of a community? Ah yes, that word community. This upcoming ‘walk about’ will be an interesting one. The writing is always so informal in small town newspapers. It’s always as if you’re talking to Joe the Butcher — even on the front page. For example, “we all need to keep after the county since they seem to think we all have money trees

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Getting ‘Properly Measured……..’

August 5, 2005 by  

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Have you ever been ‘properly measured?’ If you grew up as a female geek, a tomboy (my childhood), or in a house full of men, it’s possible that you haven’t gone through this process. Proper? Hell, I didn’t even know there was a ‘proper way’ to be measured until sister Robyn informs me that she’s getting married and wants me to wear this dress. How cool is that? It will match my honey colored skin I’m thinking. But I’ll need a tan — a basic one anyway. If you grew up around sisters, or women who ‘threw you’ into such rites of passage, perhaps you’ve been measured ‘properly’ several times. For me, it was a first. The waist, the but, the shoulder-to-shoulder width, the bust – everything. It’s hard to believe I actually competed in state and national sewing competitions as a teenager. It’s as foreign to me today as reading a newspaper in Korean. I’m thinking of all the things I need to do before embarking on a 3 week East Coast walkabout, one which must keep me ‘still working,’ but perhaps 8/7 rather than 24/7. The continous make clients happy (all the time), dealing…

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On the West Coast, They Swing-Out Differently

August 4, 2005 by  

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By West Coast Swing-Outs, I don’t mean West Coast Swing – I mean Swing-Outs in California. They’re not unique because ‘its a different style of swing dancing on the west coast necessarily,’ but because the venues are so different. For someone who used to integrate dance into if not her daily life, certainly her weekly life, I felt like I was on foreign soil last night. Time to get out and swing-out more I guess. So how different? It’s not news that Silicon Valley is surrounded by geeks, particularly at a South Bay event and where else can you dance with a laser developer, a chip guy, five software engineers, a guy in a Sun golf shirt and one with the word geek on his upper right pocket — all in one hour. There were also fashion and hollywood magazines thrown around tables and lying on couches. (definitely not an East Coast ‘Swing’ thing) Verbal communication may ‘always’ be engaging, but their swing-outs certainly are. The best line all night……when I apologized for not ‘smoothly’ following a lead, one such geek said, “there are no mistakes, there’s only Jazz.” Here here. Imagine moving your body to

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The Fashion of Women Bloggers

August 1, 2005 by  

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Being surrounded by ‘mostly’ women at a conference dedicated to technology and fresh voices added a number of new dynamics you don’t normally find at a typical technology or business conference (where for the past 15 years, I’ve been surrounded by ‘mostly’ men). It was refreshing to hear so many women’s points of views and hear about all the amazing things they’re writing about on their blogs; so many of which are having a huge impact in the world in the areas of culture, social norms, economics, politics, education, healthcare, music, fashion, business and yes, technology. Aside from the fabulous content (which I’ll write about over the next few days), there was an incredible amount of energy and ……color, so much so that I managed to grab some visuals that represent “this color.” In other words, The Fashion of BlogHer: P7280342 P7290393 P7290395 P7290398 P7290399 P7290403

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