Some call this pandemic a “lost year” — for me, it was a time of finding hope

I n early February 2020, I got a call from my dad.

While that itself may not be particularly momentous, it is unusual. My dad and I get along great, but neither of…


3 simple changes to effectively teach, lead, and engage

Why shouldn’t video calls be this fun? (Image: StartupStockPhotos from Pixabay)

I used to never — never — do online workshops.

Then… You know. Global pandemic.

And suddenly online was our only option.

After a year of developing and facilitating workshops remotely, I’ve discovered a game-changing secret.

Remote workshops and presentations don’t…


How do I get my partner to back off and respect my time to cope?

Q: My partner and I have been working from home for the last month. After three days, they started getting on my case to do more chores because I “have so much time now.” But…


Tips for those of us isolating in true isolation.

Q: Physical touch is my love language, but I live alone and there is no. One. To. Touch. I haven’t hugged anyone in weeks. How am I going to get through weeks — or months — of this?

A: Ugh. Great…


The sudden changes to our work lives are impacting our love lives

Q: My partner and I are suddenly co-working at home together. How do we create boundaries between work and the rest of life?

A: Four years ago, my partner and I were living in a one bedroom apartment…


The past wasn’t so good for everybody

Image by Oberholster Venita from Pixabay

Columbus Day falls on the second Monday of October. It’s one of just a few federal U.S. …


How, why, and where we consume the written word

Photo by Nong Vang on Unsplash

Most of us say we don’t have time for it.

And yet — we do it every day.

It is as common as it is complex, for though we are continually reading, the process of seeing and deriving meaning from a…


Looking at the written word in relation to the world

Photo by Yusuf Evli on Unsplash

Is writing a science, or is it an art?

There are plenty of voices out there — loud ones — that passionately claim it’s either one or the other.

Sometimes writing is exacting and precise, with clearly defined codes. It breaks through ignorance or confusion to set the reader straight…


Tips for Building a More Disciplined Mind in a Distracted World

Photo by Elena Taranenko on Unsplash

I’d like to talk about focus.

But first I’m going to read this book.

Wait, I’m thirsty, I need a glass of water.

No. No water until I finish reading.

Look, a bird!

It’s such a beautiful summer day…


Just add me to the pile of entitled/liberated gig workers

This is totally what my office looks like… Credit: Lukas Blazek on Unsplash

I didn’t mean for any of this to happen.

I am, by nature, not a disciple of fate.

I can very rarely be heard saying, “Everything happens for a reason.”

I did not leave my 9–5 desk job with soaring…

J. Lawler

Gender — Relationships — Doing your own thing without pissing off everybody else. https://onwordwriting.com

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