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The Ideal Mom, The Ideal Worker, and Our Dehumanizing Expectations of Women

The Ideal Mom, The Ideal Worker, and Our Dehumanizing Expectations of Women

“There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life,” wrote Alain de Botton. But still, as women, we feel pressured to “go for it”; to “lean in”; to “have it all”. The average American mother returns to work only weeks after giving birth. About half of new mothers take five weeks or more […]

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6 Ways Heartache Pain and Loss Can Make You Better

6 Ways Heartache Pain and Loss Can Make You Better

Not long ago my Mom passed.  Unexpectedly, 2 short weeks later,  my younger brother joined her.  Bereft,  I was suddenly adrift, my moorings gone.  How to belong in a world with mother and brother sized holes?  Sleepless, I walked, and walked. Or, crashed for 8, 10, 12 hours. Grief morphed into guilt, anger, cynicism, bewilderment. Socially inept, I lay low.  In my brother’s flannel shirt, I curled under Mom’s soft brown throw and convulsed with tears.  Each salt trail marked a sacred path, a new road named “Goodbye.” Buy an “Intelligence is sexy” t-shirt! I moved furniture, rearranged with neurotic

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