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Dec 9, 2022

“That’s not how you do it,” she chided. “It’s how Aunt Frances taught me,” the other defended. “No, it’s not.” “Were you there?” “Do you make these every year?” In a kitchen covered with 100s of wedding cookies, my two Italian aunts suddenly turned from excited chatter to excessive bickering. How did two sisters in […]

Nov 18, 2022

Poop jokes all day long in my house this week. Not because we have babies or dogs, but because we’re in our mid-40s and our doctors prescribed a colon cancer screening.  While I felt incredibly grateful for how much easier “poop-in-a-box” is than a colonoscopy, I still faced testing the most basic function of my […]

Oct 14, 2022

“You’re not the boss of me, Pippa!” Yes, I named and shouted at the British voice who tells me what to do on Waze.I have a love/hate relationship with turn-by-turn directions and GPS navigation systems. I really hate a machine telling me what to do. I am a full human who can read a map […]

Sep 9, 2022

Clicking the keys furiously, I was determined to finish a project before the session ended. Headphones in, glasses on, multiple beverages next to me: I was in deep focus work.  I avoid getting into focus work. My personality structure doesn’t like the discomfort of focus. WHAT IF I’M MISSING SOMETHING MORE FUN? And yet focus […]

Aug 15, 2022

Three cousins walk into a bar.An illustration on conflict. A fireball on ice, cucumber soda, silver martini, and sampler app ordered at the counter, the group grabs a table, plunks down their white table number down, and start catching up. After 20 minutes of laughing and talking, they notice their appetizer has not arrived. Silver […]

Aug 3, 2022

The glass text alert dinged, and I opened the preview at my kitchen table. I just dropped my phone on the placemat. I clenched my jaw, closed my eyes, and shook my head.  The grey bubble lacked logic and overflowed with pessimism and negativity. I read the text to my daughter who confirmed — it […]

Jul 22, 2022

Those who can laugh at themselves will never cease to be amused. One of my values is joy. I use the Enneagram every day to help my clients and audiences solve conflict, cultivate communication, and create empowered teams. It’s deep and meaningful work. Although the work I do is deep and serious, I don’t have […]

Jul 8, 2022

It’s a lot right now. We’re holding a lot. Arguably, at any point in time, you’re holding a lot. But this season feels like a high tide of change and uncertainty, barely getting your head above water before the next wave crashes. And do all the waves feel angry? Or at the least barbed and […]

Jun 17, 2022

This message landed in my IG inbox, and I thought the whole class might like to hear the answer. Before I answer the nature versus nurture question, a short story: I remember sitting on the concrete stoop of my little white house with green shutters waiting for my dad. My mom was an OB nurse […]

May 12, 2022

Sitting in the theatre seats, I jerked upright when they called my son’s name. The directors awarded my senior the John Philip Sousa award. I honestly thought, there are better players in the band. (Don’t at me. My kid’s good. And other kids are objectively better.) As the teacher described the award, I realized it […]

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