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1980s. Gaithersburg. Indelible in the hippocampus.

By Mala Nagarajan

All of a sudden. Rockville. Gaithersburg. 1980s. In the news. It’s all too close to home.

I grew up in Gaithersburg and Rockville. My two sisters graduated from Seneca Valley High School in 1979 and 1983. I … Read More

So Many Jobs, So Few Lives

By Vega Subramaniam

I have many more lives left to go. As in, “in one of my next lives, I’m going to be…” a lexicographer, librarian, astronomer, world literature professor, ancient Greek historian, craft store owner, violinist.

There are a … Read More

31 Aug '18

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Overwhelmed but Still in the Game

By Vega Subramaniam

There are times when I open up my email, and I just want to crawl under the covers and turn it all off. And mind you, I say this as an “Inbox-50” kinda gal. In other words, … Read More

24 Aug '18

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Rebounding from Failure the Counterfactual Way

By Vega Subramaniam

When things go wrong, what questions swirl in your mind?

Perhaps these sound familiar:

  • “How did I let this happen again?”
  • “When will I ever learn?”
  • “Why do I keep doing this?
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Our Professional Strengths and Their Long, Dark Shadows

By Vega Subramaniam

I spend a lot of my waking hours thinking about, if not in actual conversation with people about, career transitions. And when I say ‘career transitions,’ I mean in a big way. Breaking from the well-trodden course … Read More

It’s February, and I’m still not exercising every week

By Vega Subramaniam

It’s mid-February. Would you look at that.

Mid-February, and already I’m not exercising every week (or ever). I haven’t finished my crochet project. To be sure, I did register for the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (priorities, people!), but I … Read More

Honoring Our Intent (…to Achieve Our Aspirations)

By Vega Subramaniam

I was talking to my friend Janeen a couple weeks ago about the fact that Mala and I are taking a month right now of what I’m ostentatiously calling a “sabbatical.” We are on a mission to … Read More

21 Nov '17

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As the Holidays Descend Upon Us…

By Vega Subramaniam

Ah, the holiday season. What is it about this time of year that I find so…unnecessary?

I kid.

I am sure there are people out there who have an uncomplicated, wholly joyous relationship to the holiday season. … Read More

You Tell ME: Why DO You Always Do This To Yourself?

By Vega Subramaniam

There are certain questions I hear people ask themselves out loud a lot:

“Why do I always let the mail pile up like this?!” “Why can’t I ever get anything done on time?!” “Why do I … Read More

30 Aug '17

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Of Brains, Databases, and Self-Affirmation

By Vega Subramaniam

What we want, a lot of us, is to face life with confidence and contentment, and to make a difference.

A requirement of building confidence and contentment, if I may posit, is maintaining an accurate inventory … Read More