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Karen White
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Switching Teams: Coming Out in my 40s
On Saturday, as part of the Stanford GSB Class of '96 20th reunion, I participated in a panel called Transitions. Four of my classmates and I shared stories of meaningful transitions we had made in our lives and the lessons we learned from them. This is a t...

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Confessions of a Caregiver
My wife's charge is about to pull into the driveway. I quickly flip Pandora to her favorite station and stuff an English muffin in the toaster. Before she's made it to the front steps, I've got jelly on her toast and a mug of her favorite drink waiting. I s...

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On Becoming a Bat Mitzvah: An(other) Open Letter to my Daughter
{On October 31, 2015, my older daughter became a Bat Mitzvah in a beautiful and moving service that she led. It was 1 year and 10 months after the open letter I published here , hoping to convey to her why this rite of passage was so important to me. Below ...

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To those who would condemn my marriage
In June, I got married. I walked down the aisle holding a ukelele instead of a bouquet, serenading my betrothed with a shaky rendition of Marry Me. We stood under a trellis of ranunculus and gerbera daisies, our daughters and sisters at our sides, while a l...

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My Masters in Business Artistry (MBA)
In my last quarter of business school, I took “Personal Creativity in Business” with Michael Ray.  I loved this course.   We meditated, journaled about our voice of judgment, practiced live-withs like "everything is new", and learned to play the harmonica. ...

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Nobody is writing a screenplay about my life
Last week, I faced down the reality that my life is probably not going to be the subject of a major motion picture. Go ahead and laugh, but as I pushed my cart through the towering aisles of crackers and chips at Costco, it hit me that my life was wholly un...

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Facebook is not real life
Recently, I ran into some friends who had sent us a Christmas card featuring their stunning family photo.  "Your girls are gorgeous," I remarked.  "How are they doing?"  All doing well, they said, although they confided that their oldest daughter was "diffi...

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18 Wishes
When Paula's daughter Taylor turned 18, I wanted to give her a special gift - one that commemorated her milestone birthday with something that would last longer than a purse or a pair of shoes.  So I wrote her a letter that I called "18 Wishes".  Sure, I th...
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