• bohemian,  change

    Embracing Whimsy

    in times of change Whimsy: extravagant, fanciful, or excessively playful expression In 1986, I graduated from college, married, started grad school, and took my first office job. It was a year of changes. A pair of wild cat oven mitts came into my life that same year. After 30 years, I’m not sure if I bought them or if they were a gift, but they have been a fixture in my kitchen ever since. The mitts have done their job in eight kitchens. They’ve been packed and unpacked through two graduate degrees, a divorce, eight employers, and three rounds of self-employment. With the help of those wild cats, I have…

  • activism,  change,  politics,  wisdom

    United States of Luddites

    One Nation Gripped by Fear of Change The U.S. Election on November 8th resulted in an almost 50-50 split between Americans who voted (I don’t know which side the 90+ million eligible voters who didn’t vote would prefer since they didn’t care enough to participate in the election). The divide has some interesting demographics: country v. city educated v. uneducated men v. women whites v. everyone else old v. young In looking at the polling data, I finally decided the biggest divide was between those who long for the good old days (which never really existed) and those who long for a future filled with innovation. One side wants to cling to…