Monthly Archives: August 2013

Nail Your Next Job Interview

“Besides getting several paper cuts in the same day or receiving the news that someone in your family has betrayed you to your enemies, one of the most unpleasant experiences in life is a job interview.” ― Lemony Snicket, The … Continue reading

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Eating Elephants in 20 Hours

Some years ago, I learned how to accomplish any task.  While hiking in northern England, I stayed at a youth hostel that required guests to do one job before departure.  Each job took ten minutes, and the sprawling hostel was … Continue reading

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Fires, Pestilence and Pruning: Musings of a Fig Fanatic

Two weeks ago, I returned from seeing Twelfth Night at OC Shakespeare with four friends and discovered our Brea drop off point in darkness with fire trucks milling and police directing traffic in the intersection.  Whole blocks of homes had been without … Continue reading


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Timelines and a Fried Egg Sandwich

Ages ago, food writer M. F. K. Fisher wrote a book called Among Friends. Two things made the memoir dear to me: (1) she talks about living in Whittier, California before WWI among my beloved Quakers, and (2) she introduced me to … Continue reading

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August 2013 First Friday Breakfast with an Author

We are sharing our August First Friday Breakfast with award-winning author Elise Stephens.  Elise blogs about practical approaches to creativity, relationships, and life at She lives in Seattle with her husband James. Forecast is her second novel. Her first novel … Continue reading

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