March: What's Blooming in the Office?

Meet Mighty Max, my nickname for Maxillaria tenuifolia. He’s blooming right on time, as this orchid species produces flowers in March and April.

Declutter 2019: No Kon Do?


I held them, folded them and futzed with them; now it was time to let them go.

“Thank you all for being here,” I said magnanimously, like the hostess at a celebratory cocktail reception, to the assortment of sweaters, scarves and slacks strewn across the bed.

Working with Contractors


As the federal government lurches back to work this week, I’m glad to hear employees will soon be getting their back pay. However, I can’t help but think about all the contractors for whom that won’t be the case. One estimate is that they lost $200 million a week.

As a longtime freelancer, I’ve never had a government agency contract, but I know the awkward limbo of being "not quite an employee."

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