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Soul messages and sense of mission

The work we choose, the lessons we repeat for those around us, tend to be reflections of where we have been, where we are, or where we want to be.  The messages that hold the most resonance for us personally will be the ones that we long to repeat for others, in the hope that […]

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“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.”  Madeleine L’Engle

  hen we are teaching, doing social work, raising children, training, or coaching, we are teaching, working with, raising, training, and coaching ourselves.   We nurture our own earlier selves in nurturing those who are on the path we once took. You reach out, they take your hand, they move towards what you offer.  You offer […]

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Fear of Death: What to do now.

I was just inspired by a conversation about colleagues who are a few years away from retirement. These colleagues are difficult in meetings. They’re creating conflicts. They’re acting out. In these behaviors, they may not only be fighting for their perspective in the meeting on the small point under discussion. They may be fighting for […]

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Diversity and Inclusion: what’s the difference? Why should we care?

A special and unusual event occurred on June 23 in Frankfurt on the rooftop and meeting rooms of the 25 Hours Hotel by Levi’s — yes, the denim jeans company Levi’s helped design the hotel. Thus we all wore jeans and sneakers (well, I didn’t, but that’s more because I don’t wear jeans to give […]

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Do you want a career in science? Questions to ask yourself

What do you want to do with your life? Is science something you’d like to engage in? What would that involve? On 28. June 2017, the University of Koblenz-Landau’s Women Career Center, Projekt Zugewinn, the Interdisziplinäres Promotionszentrum, and Frauenbüro together with the Gleichstellungsbüro of the Hochschule Koblenz hosted a day-long symposium on Career Pathways in […]

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Your authentic life Post-Postdoc. Questions to ask yourself

What can you do after a Post-Doc? Or after a doctoral degree? Universities and science workplaces speak too little about the many options available after academic work. These places have an interest in keeping their best and brightest to themselves. One can get the impression that the only option is a professorship, leading to great […]

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A beautiful life as a (woman) scientist: easier than you’d think!

On July 10, 2015, I met with a fascinating and dynamic group of young women scientists at the University of Siegen. Some were celebrating the conclusion of their mentoring program, and another group was marking the beginning of the journey with their mentors. On this beautiful sunny day, we talked about their ideal futures and […]

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What kinds of people fuel the new backlash? Why do we need limits on paid work?

A continuation of the Blog on the new Backlash: why we need to defend work-life research and policies, from my presentation at the Conference „6th International Community, Work and Family Conference in Malmö, Sweden from 19-22 May 2015“. This presentation and blog were inspired by my response to Thomas Vasek’s book „Work-Life Bullshit“ which we […]

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Making meaning when the harvest comes to nothing

Before I left on vacation, I carefully preserved the summer’s harvest in the freezer. I spent hours picking and de-stoning cherries, hours picking raspberries and gooseberries (The gooseberry bushes act like angry cats when you try to take their berries, and I am often asked after harvest, „do you have a cat that you bathed […]

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Why we need vacation

ere in Europe, taking vacation is a normal part of life. Why? Quite simply, because human beings need it. We need to take time out to discover who we are, really, as human beings, when we strip away from ourselves all the trappings of business and busyness. When the everyday routine falls away, it is […]

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