- Concord, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
- March 21
- I am a contributing writer and columnist for Talking Writing, an online literary magazine, have been a regular contributor to Harvard Business Online, and am the former Senior Research Writer at the Center for Effective Philanthropy. My byline has also appeared in Harvard Business Review and numerous publications at Harvard Business School.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Marcia's Daughter has a New
January 29, 2012 07:04PM
- The Gift
December 25, 2011 02:37PM
- Shifting Gears: When a Spouse
December 11, 2011 03:52PM
- Finding Pollutants in
November 29, 2011 11:28AM
- Why I Joined Moms Clean Air
October 19, 2011 02:59PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Enjoying home comforts
isn't necessarily a bad thing.
might like little
February 05, 2012 09:10PM
- “Thank Martha for saying
so much of what I have been
While I enjoy
October 13, 2011 01:27PM
- “Thanks so much Beth.
Dogs just make everything
October 01, 2011 07:25PM
- “I'm so glad to have this
news! I was about to give up
here. Things seem
September 29, 2011 06:54PM
- “Sounds like a winning
combination: the book and the
have always wanted
June 28, 2011 03:07PM
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It was late, almost midnight, on the Friday before Christmas.
Our family was all together in the car, driving home after a
fabulous meal in Boston. It had been a memorable evening.
My younger son works at Menton, a Barbara Lynch restaurant. That evening, we ate at the sister restaurant located… Read full post »
At the last minute, on a rainy Thursday, my husband suggested that we go into Boston to visit a favorite museum. With this seemingly innocuous request, my personal tectonic plates began grinding away. Thursday is a work day. I should be at my desk writing, not wandering around a museum like… Read full post »
As a first-time mother-to-be I was acutely aware of the environmental toxins around me. I’d cross the street or take another route altogether if I saw someone spraying their roses or a lawn service truck parked between me and my destination. Those little yellow flags at the edge of a lawn… Read full post »
A few weeks ago, I watched my 25-year-old son head out for a job interview. Dressed in crisp grey slacks, a shirt and tie, and some shiny new shoes, his face glowed with optimism. If he gets it, this job will keep him busy for the next few months until he… Read full post »
In late September I joined two other women in Vermont to help clean up the mess left by Hurricane Irene. My friend, Kathy, who grew up in Vermont, organized the trip and her friend Sue also joined us. On an almost balmy Sunday night, we arrived at the sweet little cabin… Read full post »
This morning, after Irene, the slight chill in the air reminded me that fall is coming. As my puppy and I took our morning walk through the local woods, I began thinking about my yellow lab, Hobbes, who died almost a year ago.
We knew that at 15, we wouldn’t… Read full post »
This song is going through my head these days./>
The soundtrack started up when I was out walking the dog and I saw my teenage, bikini-clad neighbor washing her car. "She’s saying good-bye to it," I thought. "She’s getting ready to leave for her first year of college."
Road trip! Those two words never fail to bring back the first vacation my husband and I took together. We’d known each other less than a year when we set off on a three-week camping trip that took us up the East Coast and west through Canada into his home state… Read full post »
After 39 years, its her laugh I struggle hardest to remember. If I concentrate long enough, I can just make out its music. She loved to sit at our kitchen table drinking coffee and laughing with her friend Rolande.
Her smile is easier. At least I have photographs for that.… Read full post »
Has anyone seen our birth certificates? My husband needs them to prove our birth dates to his company. After working there for 32 years, he is retiring in June. The search for these pieces of paper has taken me to the bottom of drawers and into file cabinets I haven’t examined… Read full post »
As I write this post, our new puppy is fast asleep in her crate. She wore herself out playing with the puppy next door.
I began my first long-term relationship with a dog 15 years ago on a cold January day like this one.
Back then, dog shelters didn’t… Read full post »
Okay, so I know lots of folks on Open
Salon have already voiced their objections to
“the big C,” which aired on Showtime last
I just finished viewing season one with my husband last night. And while I agree that it does not realistically portray what it’s like to have cancer… Read full post »
While I have always been a bit of a daydreamer, in the olden
days, before the Internet, I was more able to stay focused on the
task at hand. Ever since the advent of email, instant messaging,
and web surfing, staying focused has been a lot more
This inattention has spilled… Read full post »
The Old Lakota was wise....
He knew that man's heart away from nature becomes hard
he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things
soon led to lack of respect for humans too.CHIEF LUTHER STANDING BEAR
“You don’t feed me enough,” I joked to my
husband last night as my stomach loudly and persistently announced
itself. Apparently the dinner of homemade soup and bread I’d
made wasn’t enough. We needed dessert.
"Karen Edwards’s Version of Buttermilk Cocoa Cake" from,… Read full post »
One of the benefits of being unemployed is that you have time to
make connections between seemingly random events and ideas.
This morning, for example, an article about condo glut in Florida drew my attention. The comment from an angry Floridian about cows grazing just a few years ago on land that… Read full post »
Why "Marcia's Daughter?" Quite simply, I miss my mom. She died when I was a teenager. Her seat was empty at all the important events in my life: high school and college graduations, my wedding, the birth of my two children. She never met my husband, played with my kids, or… Read full post »
A couple of Sundays ago, my friend Kathleen and I went for a walk with her dog, Lily. The Sunday dog walk has been a routine of ours for years. Kathleen lives on one side of the town woods and I live on the other. We often met halfway, me… Read full post »
Are we expressing our displeasure more openly these days? Certainly the Republicans are – though they are not the only ones. Personally, I think it all started with email.
The first email I ever received – sent via DOS – came from a perfectly lovely boss I had while I worked… Read full post »
Workplace communication: a phrase as fraught with the potential for contradiction as any in the English language. Job-related interactions can be as clear as they are confusing. They have the power to motivate us to work harder or make us want to go home and crawl under the covers. And… Read full post »
When I hear people argue against a public option for health insurance, I immediately think back to a June day in 1983. I was 28 years old and 35 weeks pregnant. I woke up that morning knowing that something was very wrong: I hadn’t felt the baby move in at least… Read full post »