Watching Twitter

As a sometimes Twitter user, I’ve been rubbernecking its implosion. I’ve been on Twitter for about 13 years, but never as a super-user. I share stuff from my blogs there, I retweet random things that tickle or resonate with me, and on rare occasions, I tweet a pure, original tweet. Mostly I use Twitter for … Continue reading Watching Twitter

Crystal ball

If you had a crystal ball that could tell you anything you wanted to know — about your life, the world, or anything at all — what would you want to know?* My mind flooded with possibilities when I first thought about this question. For each possibility, I wondered, do I really want to know … Continue reading Crystal ball


Sometimes the back yard is more active than others. Today is a wet, gloomy day. I’d describe it as Novembery, except that it’s now December. The trees are bare except for a single red or bronze leaf hanging on. The grasses in the garden are tufts of dried blonde blades. The perennials are brown, scraggly, … Continue reading Birds

Wake and bake

Our daughter turns 17 tomorrow. She has requested tiramisù for her birthday cake, and I’m excited for the challenge. However, if I’m going to do it right, I need ladyfingers. And according to my Italian teammate, the ladyfingers have to be good. I asked him if I need to make the ladyfingers, or if I … Continue reading Wake and bake

Off routine

I almost forgot to write today! One thing I love about my job is that I get to work with people from around the world. This morning, my team, which is spread across Europe and the Americas, joined a video call with a team spread across the Asia-Pacific region of the world. They were having … Continue reading Off routine