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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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Be Careful What You Wish For: The Risks of Desire (Part I)

Disney's newly released film, Into the Woods, adapted from the musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, sounds an ominous warning: "Be careful what you wish for." The... more
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Be Careful What You Wish For: The Responsibilities of Desire (Part II)

When Ellen was only twenty, her parents died within six months of each other. Soon after, her oldest sister, ten years her senior and executor of the estate, sold the family... more

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Chasing and Letting Go

As is often the case, God asked me for obedience without providing me any guarantees. “Just write,” he told me about five years ago. I was a new mom, recently returned from a stint overseas and recovering from severe burnout.... more

An Open Letter to Men Who Broke the Billy Graham Rule

To the men who have met with me one-on-one: In light of the Vice- President’s revelation that he does not share meals with women (besides his wife) one-on-one and the widespread discussion... more

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

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