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January: Reading, Writing, Thinking.

I’m reading about…

Convents and the Spanish Inquisition.  The Sisterhood is my book club’s selection this month.


I also just received Deconstructing Penguins, a guide for discussing literature with kids.  I found the Goldstones’ Used and Rare oddly riveting for a book about book collecting, so I’m optimistic about this one.

I’m writing about…

Management.  Startling, I know.  But the real news here is that I’m trying to do most of my writing on paper.  Too much screen time has been giving me some wicked headaches.  I’m in slight denial that my eyes are failing me, but I am certain my office ergonomics are off.  I’m intrigued by the idea of active sitting and wonder if this chair would help my neck and back.

I’m thinking about…

Homeschooling.  My kid is only 2, so I have some time to think about this one.  But I believe self-directed, project-based learning is the best preparation for tomorrow’s careers.  And test-centric public school just isn’t providing that.

Penelope Trunk makes a pretty persuasive case for why homeschooling is the best solution for balancing work and kids.  But then there’s the primal fear that my kid will turn out weird.  Or that I will have to learn to knit.

If you’re interested in homeschooling, The Year of Learning Dangerously is insightful and laugh-out-loud funny.  As is Quinn Cummings’ blog.


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October: Reading, Writing, Thinking.

I’m reading about…

Human cell culture, cryptographic cults and Scottish schoolgirls.


I’m writing about…

Mental maps, formal outlines and free writing.  Getting ideas out of my head and onto paper is always challenging and I’ve found that different techniques work on different days.

I’m thinking about…

Segments, rays and angles.  One of the few things I remember about my high school coursework is doing proofs in geometry class.  I loved them.  Weird, I know.  I guess my brain just likes logic and structure.  So, fully embracing my inner nerd, I purchased a geometry proof workbook.  And I’ve found working through it to be strangely meditative.  Who knew?


And speaking of school, do you remember your Trapper Keeper?  I love this article on the market research behind the product.


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Reading. Writing. Thinking.

I’m reading about

Eleanor Roosevelt.  My book club is reading My Year with Eleanor and I like to read a series of books based around a theme (or as in wine tasting, a flight). I’ve always wanted to learn more about Eleanor Roosevelt, so this is the book flight I’m trying:

I’ve found Franklin and Eleanor a bit dense and have only been able to focus in small sittings.  I also made the mistake of jumping ahead when I got bored and now have to go back and piece together what I’ve missed.

I’m also finally getting to Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In.

I’m writing about...

The “us vs. them” mentality between management and staff. This is something I’ve found particularly prevalent in manufacturing environments.

I’m thinking about…

The science behind why we are more creative and productive in some spaces than in others. Our work environments affect our behavior, so as managers, paying attention to space planning and basic design can have a big impact on organizational culture.

At home, I’m lucky enough to have a dedicated office space (although it’s shared with my husband and often barricaded against the toddler). It’s super functional but not particularly inspiring. So I’m using Pinterest to gather ideas for my dream office.


Functional but boring.

Have you created an inspiring workspace, at home or at the office? I’d love to hear about it!


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