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A Pause Within a Pause

All you need is already within you, only you must approach yourself with reverence and love. Self-condemnation and self-distrust are grievous errors… all I plead with you is this: make love of your self perfect. Sri Nisargadatta I am reading … Continue reading

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Last Day of School.

I am in lab. Today is my last day here. My last day as a postdoc. I inhale deeply. With my eyes closed. I focus on the sounds around me. Two days ago, I started my seventh year in this … Continue reading

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Advice to young women: don’t laugh

“Girls, if boys say something that’s not funny, you don’t have to laugh.” -Amy Poehler This is some great advice from one of my favorite feminists. I’d like to extend this advice to young women in an academic or professional … Continue reading

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No Regrets?

My body ached, I missed them so much. After giving birth to my twin boys about four and a half years ago, I have never been away from them, not even for a single night. Sure, there were those crappy … Continue reading

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The Burden of Representing a Demographic

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A Sugarcoated Dance of Hostility

Why take a class on conflict? Last week I attended a class through a career development-like center, called “The Nature of Conflict.” The class was taught by a conflict management specialist (I didn’t even know there was such a position) … Continue reading

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Decision point

I was 25 – three years out of art school, living in Brooklyn, doing odd jobs – when I found something that looked promising on craigslist. An art space down the street from my Bushwick apartment was looking for interns. … Continue reading

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