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Life Lessons

Stop calling your office an office

A few weeks ago, I held a funeral. It wasn’t for a person. It was for what I used to call my “home office.” But unlike most funerals, no one was mourning this particular death. I’ve called this room my “home office” since we first moved in. I didn’t have …

How to lose friends and alienate people

A few years ago, I came across a billboard by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) with the following message: “Face It—You Can’t Claim to Be a Feminist and Still Eat Eggs.” The subtitle continued: “Eggs and Dairy Are a Product of the Abuse of Females,” referring to …

The arc of the moral universe

I was supposed to send a “normal” email today. My normal emails don’t cover current events. My normal emails don’t discuss politics or racial justice. But now is not the time for normal. I struggled with what to write. I thought about skipping this week’s email to give space to …

I see you

Being seen is one of the greatest human needs, and we’re all starving for it. The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t create this hunger. It simply exposed it. We’ve been feeling unseen long before physical distancing forced us to separate into six-foot zones and Zoom breakout rooms. It’s one thing to be …

Development Alchemy + Aim