Work: Sometimes you have to pee in the pool

I had an eccentric Great Aunt Vida, who lived in a sprawling home that slinked around a prime piece of Hood Canal coastline in Washington state. She was a bit formal, had married well and widowed young, and was in no way comfortable around children. When my cousins came to visit, she gave them the standard speech as they prepared …

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Do Over! Becoming an Artist after 40

Rubenesque Landscape by Sharon L. Robinson This guest post is from Sharon Lia Robinson of Port Townsend, Wash. She has inspired a new feature for this blog, called “Do Over!,” stories about people who started something completely new in the middle of their lives. Thank you Sharon! I feel that I have always been on a pilgrimage. I have been …

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Money: 100 Ways to Keep More Money in Your Pocket

Last night some friends and I held a brainstorming session on Facebook about ways to save or make money. Here’s what we have so far: Hold clothing swaps with your friends – everyone brings their never-wear-but-too-good-to-get-rid-of clothes, shoes and accessories. Shop at thrift stores. Split entrees at restaurants, or take leftovers home. Look on Craigslist or EBay first for electronics …

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Spirit: Holiday Apologies

I am sorry, friend, that I can’t make your holiday thing this year. I can’t add one more thing to the calendar for fear of imploding. I love you so much though. I am sorry, dogs, that I can’t take you out at 4 in the morning. Go ahead and pee in the kitchen, see if I care. OK, I …

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Money: A Fork in the Road Is Better than a Fork in the Eye

I’ve been blessed to have really smart, wild-minded and powerful women around me my whole life. I have many mothers and friends and sisters. When I lived in Seattle I was in a group of entrepreneurial women who met monthly. And Kathlyn and I would meet each week and go down a list of stuff we’d need to accomplish in …

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Money: How to Land on Your Feet When You’re out of Work

Today’s Q & A is with Lisa Beck, the national strategy officer for Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. The organization is dedicated to helping women in transition. 1. What is Fresh Start and how did it begin?Sisters Pat Petznick and Beverly Stewart wanted to help women who, like their grandmother, suddenly became the sole support of their families. So in 1992, …

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Work: How Do You Balance Work and Life?

This week six very smart and lovely women came to my house. We were on a mission, aside from eating rare fresh jackfruit, fun cheeses and dark chocolate. It was an inaugural meeting of a new club of sorts. We will meet once a month and have online time during the week to support each other and provide resources and …

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