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Dear Mentor: How do you view the new year?

Dear Mentor, Do you make New Year's resolutions? How do you view the New Year? Do you celebrate New Year's Eve in any special way?  ... more

Dear Mentor: To bake or not to bake?

Dear Mentor, I read an article giving advice to junior faculty women that said the following: "You don’t gain respect for your scholarship, or... more

Dear Mentor: My colleague treats me like his secretary

Dear Mentor, Imagine that you are a young female professional who occasionally (or maybe not so occasionally) is instructed by a (non-... more

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Gratitude: Learning to Keep Watch

D523.The gruff man at the passport office tore off the number and handed it to my friend and me — each of us with a baby strapped to our chests. He had already turned us away... more

Life with the Brakes On

Have you ever driven your car with the emergency brake still engaged? It will move, but not easily or smoothly. That’s what my professional life feels like: plodding forward... more


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On Not Having It All Together: Lent Isn’t Advent

Our Christmas card photo unnerved me this year. Our two young daughters in burgundy and raspberry velvet dresses, my husband in a brownish jacket, me in a dark chambray dress with a cabled sweater and a red-beaded necklace... more

It’s Been One Month Since Election Day

One month ago, I woke up to the news that Donald Trump had been elected President. It was news I wasn’t prepared for — that a man who said so many... more

Advent in the Wake of the Election

I started listening to Christmas music early this year. We usually adhere to a strict no-Christmas-music-before-Thanksgiving rule, but my need for comfort was so intense that I felt the call to stray from our usual practice the week before Thanksgiving... more

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