Archive for Month: December 2016


Curious George? As a child, I loved that mischief-making little monkey, and the curious streak that led to his charming misadventures. I admire curiosity, and individuals who act on it. Of course, we all know that it poses problems if taken to an extreme. But doesn’t this particular trait offer […]

Numbers Do Not Lie

We’d been at it for several hours, side by side, each of us on our laptops. Spread on the small ottoman pressing against my knees were stacks of old tax forms. On the chair beside me, two more folders with notes and figures. We actually began the process days ago, […]

Judge Not, Lest… Well, You Know How It Goes.

I could blame the unsettled mood on the dream, a sort of reunion – college I think. And I haven’t attended a reunion of any sort in nearly 20 years. There were women everywhere – from their twenties through their sixties – as well as an old boyfriend, displaced in […]

Thumbs Up to Bribery… In Moderation

Let’s call it what it is. Bribery. Euphemistically, we’re talking about the carrot over the stick. It’s positive reinforcement over negative reinforcement… on smile-inducing steroids. Come on. We know we use it on our kids, we use it on our colleagues, we sugar coat it and then dole it out […]

Will Parents Pardon the Bad Boyfriend?

Haven’t we all had a boyfriend or girlfriend we brought home to mom or dad, only to sense the chilly response – or overly effusive welcome? Some of us may be relieved when our parents like the person we’re falling for. We see them smile, and we know all is […]