Category Archives: Change the Conversation



Kudos to Eliza Barclay of NPR for raising the Girl Scout cookies issue. Except, everyone continues to miss the point. Girl Scouts is about teaching girls, not about selling cookies. Three years ago approached my local cookie table and ask if they had a healthy cookie. The experience so shocked and saddened me, in response, I wrote this story for the book, reprinted for anyone interested in different possibilities for future girls.

Cookies – the story

What if different leaders really led differently?

Last year, 2012, the mothers and daughters were out again in force selling boxes of cookies. I buy cookies faithfully every year and this year was no exception. Neither was the fact that I typically spend the previous months trying to manage my weight. Unfortunately, most, if not all, of the ingredients in these cookies are on the bad-for-me list — processed white flour, check; unrefined white sugar, check; hidden artificial flavor, check. As I like to support what might be budding female entrepreneurs, this year, as I went to purchase the cookies, I thought I’d go and find out if they finally had a cookie I could happily eat. Continue reading

Happiness Day

Happiness at Work?

“The pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal” – the United Nations, March 20, 2014

In honor of the UN International Happiness Day, I thought I’d look for a good article to pass on about how to be happy at work. Hah, easier said than done! Of course, there was article after article on the subject, but after about a couple of dozen, I got tired of the same old rehash. I mean if everyone has the same ideas, so willingly passed on and on to each other, why are we still talking about it? Why aren’t we all enormously happy at work?

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