Monthly Archives: March 2016

How to talk to old people

While I was working, I never had occasion to work with a supervisor younger than I was.  Which is why I can’t speak personally to issues that arise when older workers have bosses from the millennial generation. (Depending on the … Continue reading

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Shh. My brain is recharging.

As my husband and I plan to meet friends at a Seattle restaurant for dinner tonight, I predict that much of our conversation will be lost. Not because we won’t be talking, but because we won’t be hearing. Sure, our … Continue reading

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The rewards of breaking with routine

After spending years in the workforce, I was surprised to find that in retirement my life still revolves around routines. I’m happy with my routines, but every so often I need to devote a day to doing something entirely different. … Continue reading

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Sometimes your cat knows best

When I told my cat, Gordon, he had received 22 likes on Facebook for a photo of his tail sticking out from under the comforter, he blinked and went back to sleep. This brings me to a recent article in … Continue reading

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Cherry blossoms bring out the crowd in the “other Washington.”

Now that I’m retired my days are pleasant and predictable, so I appreciate the occasional surprise. Earlier, my husband and I decided we would visit the University of Washington campus this spring to see the cherry trees in bloom. But … Continue reading

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Yearning for the occasional grouch

Work friends and I sometimes went out to lunch at a family-run BBQ joint. I call it a “joint” because “restaurant” did not come to mind in this former auto body shop. As strange as it sounds, people didn’t just … Continue reading

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My flash fiction

In 2015, writers in one of my critique groups decided to try our hands at flash fiction, which is defined as very short fiction. How short isn’t clear. Some say up to 1,000 words, others say 500 at most. My … Continue reading

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Good reason to pretend to be an extrovert

I see myself as a closet introvert, someone who would rather stay home and read a good book and not go to a party with strangers.  Still, as I get older I find it a little easier to pretend I’m … Continue reading

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The problem with numbers

Many years ago, a colleague and I co-authored a textbook on math anxiety. Her specialty was math and mine anxiety. I went to a birthday lunch yesterday, which reminded me that my husband and I will both celebrate a high-numbered … Continue reading

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