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My Head Start

My Head Start

Let’s do a small visualization exercise. Close your eyes.   When you hear someone described as “a talented emerging writer,” what do you see?   I see a 20-something woman, five years out of J-school. She has subtle purple streaks in her asymmetrically-cut dark hair,…

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Are You Snooping On Your Date? Three Reasons To Stop Right Now.

Are You Snooping On Your Date? Three Reasons To Stop Right Now.

I asked my friend, “Libby”, “Do you ever snoop on your boyfriend—like read his texts when he’s not looking?”“No,” she said emphatically. This surprised me. Libby is an incredibly nosy person. So my follow-up question was, “Have you ever snooped on a boyfriend?” “Yes,” she…

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Dear Dad. Is Heaven Fun?

Dear Dad. Is Heaven Fun?

My dad died a decade ago—on the sixth day of the six month of the year ’06. Before his service, the funeral director took my two sons aside and invited them to write letters to place in his coffin. It was a way to give…

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Does Your Partner Care How You Make A Living? Three Questions To Find Out Now.

Does Your Partner Care How You Make A Living? Three Questions To Find Out Now.

“What do you do?” I love to ask this question when I meet someone new—at parties, at the gym, at the dog park. I’m insanely curious about how people make a living, especially when their world is so different than my own. But the question,…

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Will Jake Apply To Law School? Three Answers to Thorny Questions about the Value of a Liberal Arts Education.

Will Jake Apply To Law School? Three Answers to Thorny Questions about the Value of a Liberal Arts Education.

Three hundred and twenty-seven. This is the number of times I have been asked, “When is Jake applying to law school?” This is not a completely random question. His dad is a lawyer, as is his aunt. So it would not be surprising if my…

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Your First Vacation As A Couple? 3 Ways To Get Along!

Your First Vacation As A Couple? 3 Ways To Get Along!

Are you planning your first vacation as a couple? YAY, what a great step in your relationship. There is no better way to really get to know someone than spending concentrated time together, outside of your natural habitat. Unfortunately, for too many couples, their vacation…

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I Just Ate My Words

I Just Ate My Words

I just had a flashback to when Jake was in Grade 10, six years ago. He asked me to read an essay that was due within the next couple of hours. Jake was the type of student who never suffered from writer’s block. He could…

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The Business of Relationships (Yes, there is even a mathematical formula)

The Business of Relationships (Yes, there is even a mathematical formula)

“If you’ve seen one marriage, you’ve seen one marriage.” This quote was offered by one of the participants from a round table of senior consultants, lawyers, and corporate professionals that I co-hosted in early April with Brent Wagner (BMO), and facilitated by Kitchen Table conversation…

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Have You Had “The Talk” About Housework?

Have You Had “The Talk” About Housework?

You are watching the roving dust elephants in your living room crash into the dust bunnies. And your romantic partner is expecting you to tame them. But your growing menagerie doesn’t bother you. Life is short. Should you really be wasting your time pushing a…

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Stage 4: I Survived

Stage 4: I Survived

Tom Junod who writes for Esquire, GQ, and many other top magazines described the four stages of writing. I just completed a commissioned feature on governance practices in start-ups with married co-founders and can attest to its accuracy. Before I lose you in this post…

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