Lessons learned about business–and life–from Chef Denn

On July 22nd, my husband and I suffered the heartbreaking loss of our dear son Dennis, known to all in the restaurant world as Chef Denn. Only weeks before, Dennis, his brother Dan, and business partner Andy realized their dream and opened their restaurant, Point Easy. In the days and weeks since Dennis’ death, we’ve […]


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Top post: Why I’m a mentor

Updated and republished from last year, because it’s such a timely topic. There’s not much I’d add, except this: Even if you’re not ready for a formal mentoring situation, think about one thing you can do this month to help someone who is just starting out. January is National #MentoringMonth here in the U.S., and, as […]


Happy Holidays written in sand at the beach

Holiday wishes

As we close out this year, I’ll give 2021 a mixed review. Lots to celebrate, certainly. Yet sometimes I wonder how we managed to love, laugh, create, and learn during such a wild, wild year. In a year filled with uncertainty, major cultural shifts, and more than a few honest-to-goodness WTF moments, how did we […]


Thank you

Giving thanks

This week in the U.S., we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Several years ago, I wrote about how thankful I was for for the people who make a difference by sharing their knowledge. Nothing’s changed on the list, and I could have just re-posted it, but a lot has happened over the past couple of years, […]


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Why I’m a mentor

January is National Mentoring Month here in the U.S., and January 17th is International Mentoring Day.  As someone who has experienced both sides of mentoring, I know that it’s worth the celebration, and we should encourage it throughout the year.  During my professional life, I’ve been lucky enough to be both informally and formally mentored by […]


Goals for the new year

What I’ll do differently in 2021

Say what you will about 2020, it was definitely a learning experience. The end of the year is always a good time to reflect and plan for what’s next, and this crazy year is no exception. So, I was in a reflective mood anyway, and then John Hoda asked to interview me for his podcast. […]


2019 to 2020

What I learned in 2019

Happy New Year to all! I’ve always loved this time of year. Days start getting longer, there’s optimism in the air, and it offers an opportunity for a fresh start. I also like to reflect on the past year and lessons learned. 2019 was full of surprises, and it had its ups and downs – […]


Beach reading

What I’m reading

As you can see, I’ve been away from blogging. In addition to taking care of our regular clients and working on an exciting new project, I’ve taken an actual vacation – one that didn’t involve firing up my laptop to do “just one thing.” Just some rest and relaxation at our favorite cottage in North […]


Change is a good thing!

Tips for surviving career transitions

I recently had the opportunity to present a webinar, Secrets of a Gumshoe Librarian: Tips for Transforming Your Career and Staying Relevant. It doesn’t matter what you do for a living, you’re probably going through career changes. Maybe your job is changing, because employer and client wants and needs keep changing. Or maybe you’re forced […]


Happy Holidays

A year-end wish

To all my friends – Thank you for taking the time to read this blog and share your comments. No matter what you celebrate during this time of year, I hope it has been or will be full of joy. Wishing you a very happy and healthy 2019!

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