Recommended Reading List: November 2020

For years now, I’ve kept up the reading list throughout the month, but that proved impossible in November. So I’m writing this introduction—heck, the whole list—on November 30, because I had zero time to do it otherwise. I did manage to get a lot of reading in, more than I expected given the fact that Dean and I were glued (almost literally) to the TV […]

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Business Musings: K-Shaped

On Saturday, November 14, I went on my usual morning run. I chose the route that took me past the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, one of the country’s top-rated high schools. When I ran past this school pre-COVID, I would often hear voices raised in song, or a particularly amazing band practice. Sometimes I saw very intense high school students have discussions about […]

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Special Holiday Recommended Reading List 2020

I started the Holiday Recommended Reading List when I realized that I point out all the great holiday stories in January, after the season has passed. I am always a month behind in reporting what I read. So I wanted you to find the great stories that I’ve enjoyed over the years. I love holiday stories of all kinds. I save up the stories to […]

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Business Musings: Giving Thanks

I call this a regular Thursday blog, even though it posts on Wednesday night (if I’m lucky). Which means that every year, this post falls on American Thanksgiving, which falls on the last Thursday of November. Most years, I write a Thanksgiving post, although some years, I write a standard post. I have a post ready to go. I’ve scheduled it for next week, because […]

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Holidays 2020

Here in the U.S., we are heading to one of our biggest feasting holidays—Thanksgiving. As those of us who follow the science know, COVID super-spreader events usually involve food and drink. People remove their masks, eat and drink and laugh and talk and sit around for hours, and then someone—or many someones—get ill. As a result, all of the experts, as well as government officials, […]

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Business Musings: Trainwreck November Edition

Three days before I sat down to write this blog post, I finished reading Drama High by Michael Sokolove. I clutched the book to my heart, and thought, no one will ever see books like this again. Then I mentally slapped myself. I had slipped into traditional writer think. Drama High was published by Riverhead Books in 2014. Riverhead was once a literary imprint of […]

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Business Musings: Moving Forward

Well, that happened. Thank heavens. Seriously, 2020 has lasted, by my count, 4,852,376 days so far, and of those, 50.000 of those days occurred last week. As predicted, all business slowed to a crawl as the entire world watched the United States finished voting on November 3, and then tallied the votes. Hardworking people in municipal and state governments all over this country stayed up […]

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Recommended Reading List: October, 2020

What a month of distractions. The election, weather weirdness, an actual run!, and so much more. It’s been tough to find the time to read at times, just because the days are so full. Still, I managed. I tried very hard to read a book by a writer whose work I adore. The book had what we call anti-reader cookies for me. A plethora of […]

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Business Musings: Difficult Times

I grew up in difficult times, not just for the world, but for my family as well. My family’s difficulties paralleled the difficulties around us. For example, my nephew, the first baby I ever held, died the same week as President John F. Kennedy. As the country reeled from his assassination, my parents and my brother and his wife drove to my grandmother’s home in […]

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Business Musings: Discoverability in the 21st Century (Part Three )

When this pandemic got underway, I filled my Twitter feed with information from actual doctors. I now follow many of them, who explain some things that I need to understand, send me down the rabbit hole of links on therapeutics and vaccines and other lovely science things, and generally keep me sane. The morning I sat down to write this post, one of the doctors, […]

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