Bangkok: Race to the Gate

In 2004 we raced through one of the busiest airports in the world between domestic and international departures in order to make a flight to Costa Rica.  We sat squarely in the middle of the arriving aircraft, waited impatiently to deplane, donned our backpacks, and ran at a full sprint.  Twelve years later we raced through another airport, only this time we were with our son and daughter-in-law (DiL) in southeast Asia.

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Shoebox: A void in need of filling.

When we purchased our first house years ago in a small suburb of a major midwestern city, it was more than a home, it was a storage facility.  Over the course of thirteen years, we accumulated furniture, unused construction materials, camping gear, sporting equipment, and all manner of miscellany.  Despite all of the various items obtained over the years, there always remained enough room for another shoebox.

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Almost Famous
The author's first fans.

Almost Famous

I’m almost famous.  I was wearing a suit for the first time in over nine months.  I shaved this Sunday morning, a day earlier than usual; combed my hair, another rare act; and even applied deodorant.  My wife, our driver, our son, and daughter-in-law (DiL)—the entourage—piled into the car.  We were on our way to my first photo shoot and it’s companions: fame and fortune.

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Indian Women: Careers and family support
Photo taken by a program graduate.

Indian Women: Careers and family support

Women face many challenges when it comes to balancing children, family, and career; those challenges are particularly cumbersome for Indian women.  People accept that men have careers; however, many Indian women are expected to give up their jobs when they marry, or at least when they have children.  Societal pressure combines with familial disapproval to form seemingly insurmountable barriers to Indian women having both a career and a family.  But with a little creativity, there are ways to make both work.

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Top 5 Apps to Make Work Less Like Work
Work is highly overrated.

Top 5 Apps to Make Work Less Like Work

Despite our more successful colleague’s insistance, productivity, especially at work, is highly overrated.  Everyone is focused on ways to improve quality, output and value while maintaining work-life balance.  We are in a new age; the age of me, where recognition and rapid personal satisfaction trumps loyalty to peers, bosses, and the organization.  In order to stand out, we must rapidly identify our greatest allies and leverage them in the fight for difference.  The application, affectionately termed ‘app,’ is just such an ally.

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