My personal essay in the New York Times Rites of Passage column published July 25, 2019Read More
For a July 2018 storytelling show, produced by Generation Women, I represented my demographic by telling this story based on the evening's theme "Out of My Comfort Zone."
(Soon after, wearing my PR hat , I also placed this piece in the New York Times Style section on the multi-generational concept that makes the show tick.)
My story: Recently, I was asked to do a Skype interview…Read More
I have decided to treat my dog like a celebrity.
Taking full consideration of Roxy’s greatness, and of her failing senses and joints, I am writing her obituary in advance.
It’s a eulogy, really. And it’s written in these the true dog days of August 2018, when I can be more lucid than I am likely to be when I need this - for real- on (insert date) January 11, 2019 which is now, of course, today.Read More
The Starlight Roof at the Waldorf Astoria had such a dreamy name that I didn’t question my hard-hitting journalistic assignment there. Body Fashions Intimate Apparel magazine was holding a fashion show and my first job was to hook the bras of every wan and gangly model as she lined up for her trip down the runway.Read More
Lately, the head-trip of imagining my next work life has set me on an altogether different mental journey. Along with conjuring up each future job in my mind’s eye, I’ve begun to look back on every job I’ve had.
In this funky retrospective, I’m not reflecting on the stuff of resumes or performance reviews. Not accomplishments, achievements, goals. There’s a space for that, when professionally required. Instead, I’m culling the quirky or kooky, channeling the minor sidetracks, not major milestones.Read More
This Huffington Post blog appeared in 2013. Written by this Joan, it's for every other Joan, or Jone, or Carol, Barbara or Tinkerbell, hanging around for wifi and coffee.
I feel like I need to prioritize the recent spate of catastrophes filling my head. I’m not talking about where to send money, as important as that is. I’m simply talking about getting brain cells around the bad news. As a meteorologist might say, it’s all barreling down on us pretty hard.Read More
The search is a chance to reach out to everyone I know with a reason to connect. A never-shy social animal, on and off social media, I relish the chance to ask for advice, hear opinions, and dish with old colleagues.Read More