Saving Superwoman

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We had a professor in graduate school that everyone referred to as “Superwoman.” I am sure she would have been embarrassed if she had known that was her nickname. Among many other admirable qualities, she was humble and nothing about the way she carried herself asked for this title. But while buried in research and living ...

A Great Man

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Splash Mountain was my favorite ride at Disneyland and I was not willing to delay the experience. Despite the obvious long line, I convinced myself that a trip to the bathroom could wait. The line wove through the dark, damp corridors of the artificial rock formations and after waiting over an hour, our family of ...

Do You Know You’re Smart?

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“I’m not smart,” she said, her eyes wide with pain. I never get used to the heartbreaking words I often hear from the little brown couch in my counseling office. Labels can be difficult to peel off once they stick. We wear beliefs about ourselves like tattoos – messages about who we are that have become ...

Small Moments

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I had a date with my favorite seven year-old over the weekend. I love her for so many reasons. She has the most brilliant smile (including a newly missing tooth) with a warm heart to match. She has the kind of boldness and tenacity I only wish I could bottle for myself. And she has ...