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Rounding the Cape

A little sort of ten years ago a friend and I booked a ten-day passage aboard a tall ship, sailing from Portsmouth, Virginia to Fernandina Beach, Florida. We were in it for the experience of rounding Cape Hatteras “on the outside.” And what an experience it was! From the glory of dolphins playing in our… Continue reading Rounding the Cape

Cutting the Cord

The day my former employer informed me that my services were no longer needed I immediately took two actions. I updated my mobile plans for my phone and iPad, and I cut my cable. Specifically, I informed Verizon that the package of phone, Fios, TV, and internet I was paying a crazy $250 a month… Continue reading Cutting the Cord

Susan “Mia”

Recently, at work, something changed my display name in Webex from Mia to Susan Mia. I didn’t notice until people started asking me “Is your name Susan?” and saying, “We have a new person in the meeting, welcome Susan.” In most work systems (Slack, Jira, etc.) I’m Mia. But now Webex is picking up my… Continue reading Susan “Mia”

9/11: Ground Zero Diary

Eleven days after the destruction of the World Trade Center, a muggy September Saturday, I got up before dawn. I did it so that I could be on the subway before seven to reach the financial district before eight. Eight a.m. was the shift change at the Seaman’s Church Institute and St. Paul’s Chapel, the… Continue reading 9/11: Ground Zero Diary

Going Wireless

This story of early wireless technology is quaint, at best, but the struggle was real! It all started because I had to get a “hands-free” accessory for my cel phone for driving (stupid law, I can still eat a hamburger while driving, which is way more distracting than holding a phone. But anyway . .… Continue reading Going Wireless

2000 Flushes

The Double Flush We’ve all encountered them (maybe you are one): women who flush the toilet when they step into the stall in a public facility. As a child of the California desert, and a sailor, the water waste offends me. But I’d like to get past that to consider what motivates some women to… Continue reading 2000 Flushes

9/11: In Our Own Words

I these pandemic days, stories of our nation’s last enormous, culture-changing event may seem quaint. But perhaps there are lessons to be learned and applied today. Ordinary (and extraordinary) people share their thoughts about our post September 11th world. From a NYC Firefighter Ken Rogers is a New York City Firefighter and also a member… Continue reading 9/11: In Our Own Words

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