Many of us find a traditional career path to be stifling, especially after we have kids, and the number of hours we can toil away at the office becomes more limited. The happiest women I know are the ones who either work part-time or are self-employed. My friend Laura Scholes is no exception. Laura is […]


Why we lean back

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by Katrina on April 9, 2013

All right. I read it. The book that everyone, including my hero, Jon Stewart, has been talking about. So many reviews have been written about this book, that people have resorted to writing reviews of the reviews. The hype has been so incredibly, hyper—The Time story! The 60 Minutes piece! The banner ads! The web […]


The myth of part time

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by Katrina on April 13, 2011

My last full time job was leading a team of designers for a web agency. I used to hire a lot of freelancers when we had more work than our staff could handle. Some of these freelancers were moms who limited their hours so they could pick their kids up from daycare. They were exceptionally […]


Vampires, donuts, and free-range families

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by Katrina on October 5, 2010

I just got back from my sister’s wedding: a small, lovely ceremony on the beach in La Push, Washington, home of the Twilight vampires. Luckily, (as you can see from this picture), the vampire threat levels were low. If something had gone wrong, half the wedding guests, who were trained firefighter-medics, would have known what […]


Warning bells are ringing

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by Katrina on September 21, 2010

I recently got an email from a blog reader who said she had been obsessively reading and re-reading my first post, and all the comments that followed it. I wanted to include an excerpt of her email here, but wasn’t able to get in touch with her to get permission. (If you’re out there, my […]


Cry, baby

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by Katrina on September 7, 2010

My first semester in grad school for journalism, more than a decade ago, was a shock. Boom! Right from the beginning we had daily story deadlines. Each of us desperately wanted to prove ourselves to be the next Edward R. Murrow. None of us knew what we were doing. We were awestruck by our professors, […]


Thank you

by Katrina on April 20, 2010

Exactly one year ago today, I went home sick from work and I never went back….Every mother I know has the same fear. Every one of us is haunted, at one time or another, by the burden we carry and believe we carry alone. If we had to stop, it seems like the world would stop…


Living a slow, rich life Tues. 4/20

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by Katrina on April 14, 2010

If you’re looking for inspiration how to get off that treadmill and live a slow, rich life, check out the talk my friend Andy is giving on Tuesday at the San Francisco Commonwealth Club.

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If you give a mouse a Prozac…

by Katrina on April 8, 2010

It is crazy to put women in impossible situations where they actually go crazy, and then act like there’s something wrong with them for going crazy.


Coming out of the mommy closet

by Katrina on April 8, 2010

Have you ever felt you had to hide the fact that you have kids when you’re at work? I’ve been thinking about a comment Lily left on the blog about a week ago. Lily works in academia, where it sounds like it’s an open secret that being a parent is a professional liability. She wrote […]