Material witness 

“Wow, the lines on the road are really tough to see,” my partner remarked, just after we had pulled out onto the street on our way home from the office. The sun was that bright, shining down from almost directly overhead. And the dotted lines demarcating the lanes were that old, probably not having been … More Material witness 

These days were brought to you by the letters P, T, S, and D

I meant to write about this before, but, well, there have been limitations keeping me from blogging lately.  One is Pubmed and its treasure trove of fascinations.  The other is the fact that although I can get to the New Post screen from my outdated-and-stubbornly-update-refused Safari browser, I can’t actually type in the text box … More These days were brought to you by the letters P, T, S, and D

Everything(one) I touch … turns to stone

I’m getting the nagging feeling that I’m jinxed.  The Universe is sending some pretty strong hints in that direction, anyway.  I feel like I’m in the eye of the hurricane, myself relatively unaffected, watching the chaos and tragedy swirl around me with dizzying force. Thinking back, I reckon that it actually started with my “cool … More Everything(one) I touch … turns to stone

Showing up late for your job interview is not a marketable skill

It was with heavy-but-understanding hearts that we received our front desk assistant’s news: she was giving her two-week notice. Surprisingly, we weren’t surprised.  The commute across town in rush hour traffic and subsequent gas expenses were killing her, she said.  A previous familiar workplace a few minutes from her house guaranteed her full-time hours, compared … More Showing up late for your job interview is not a marketable skill

Christmas isn’t so bad if you avoid the malls and mute the commercials

Seriously, it’s not.  You can revive Christmas into that fun, magical, nostalgic, excitatory-yet-low-key holiday that it used to be; you just have to work a little harder at it. Every so often the Ghost of Christmas Past comes back to haunt me, a harmless and pleasant experience.  I remember the late afternoons, pitch-dark save for … More Christmas isn’t so bad if you avoid the malls and mute the commercials

Ready, aim, hire

Wow, that was fun!  And this time, I’m not even being sarcastic. It was also a learning experience.  I had never hired, or–ahem, signed a contract–with anyone before. Let me make this very clear: we did not Hire an Employee.  We found ourselves an Independent Contractor and played Let’s Make a Deal. And get this: … More Ready, aim, hire