LinkedIn must remedy its implicit bias against women

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It’s tough to be a stay-at-home-mom trying to re-enter the workforce.

Most SAHMs (stay-at-home-moms) intuitively know the obstacles they face, myself included, but a recent study in Harvard Business Review demonstrated that employers are generally biased against stay-at-home-moms, viewing them as:

  • Less reliable
  • Less deserving of a job
  • Less committed to work


The study also found that stay-at-home-moms were only half as likely to get a call back for a job or land an interview as parents who had been laid off for the same amount of time. And if they actually land the job? …

The art of mixing drinks goes way back.

A Midnight Modern Conversation, circa 1732, William Hogarth | Yale Center for British Art | Public Doman via Wikimedia Commons

Jim Meehan, writer, educator, and bartender, famously dubbed the last thirty years, the “Platinum Age of Cocktails,” an epithet that captures both the ongoing influence of the current craft cocktail movement, which began in the early 1990s, and honors the 19th century’s Golden Age of Cocktails.

This movement has painstakingly revived historic recipes and given birth to countless riffs on the classics. High-end cocktails bars have sprouted up even in the smallest towns over the past thirty years, and bartenders mix drinks with the same attention to ingredients as displayed by celebrity…

A Mother’s Day reflection on the pandemic’s toll on women.

Flower of salt. | Image credit: David Kadlec, stock photo,

A friend of mine recently returned from quarantining in France and brought me a present — a small jar of fleur de sel.

Fleur de sel, directly translated into English as “flower of salt,” is a rare and expensive form of sea salt hand-harvested mainly in Brittany, along the northern Atlantic coast of France.

Chefs call fleur de sel the “caviar of salts” for its unrefined purity.

The crystals are fine and light, with a distinctive pyramid shape that looks like a flower. …

Your urge to purge has its roots in science and in history.

Rachel Ruysch, Still Life with Rose Branch, Beetle and Bee, 1741. Courtesy of Kunstmuseum Basel.

Spring has sprung. Flowers are flowering, showers are showering.

For many of us, the seasonal shift from winter to spring creates an urge to perform deep, therapeutic cleaning. It’s not unlike the impulse to make New Year’s resolutions, the true motivation of which is an internal one — the prospect of happiness and mental wellbeing as a result of clearing the way for a change or fresh start.

The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment. — Marie Kondo

The Delightful French Pastry Actually Hails From Medieval Italy

Parisian macaron. | Image credit: Heather Barnes on Unsplash

Parisian macarons are everywhere.

The classic French cookie — a sweet meringue-based confection made with egg white, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond meal, and food coloring — can be found just as easily in upscale bakeries and desserts shops as it can on the shelves at Trader Joes.

Macarons have become an ideal gift to give a loved one and are such a deliciously decadent craze that they now have their own international holiday.

Oui, c’est vrai.

Mark your calendars: March 20th is worldwide Macaron Day.

The tradition was established in 2005 by local Parisian pastry shops and then spread…

A 12th-century manuscript illustration depicts Bernger Von Horheim, a German poet of the court of Henry IV. The poet is with his beloved who holds a dog in her lap, a symbol of fidelity. | By Rudiger Manesse and his son Johannes via University of Heidelberg. Library. Germany. | Image credit: Alamy Stock Photo

Who can forget Hugh Grant as Prime Minister of England dancing down the stairs and bumbling through a neighborhood to find his true love — a commoner and his assistant? Or Mark, standing at the door with the cards to confesses his unrequited love for Juliet? And seriously, Jaime, arriving in France to propose to Aurelia in Portuguese? Never mind, Sam, running through the airport to get the girl.

Grab the tissues, right?

Love Actually is so beloved and chock-full of scenes that balance romance and heartbreak during all stages of love that The Oprah Magazine recently listed it as…

Coffee table books are gorgeous and grand. We could all use a dose of both.

Photo by author.

Coffee table books reveal so much about a person. I mean if you’re willing to shell out $30-$100 for a book, it probably screams a keen interest of yours.

Remember the days when we attended dinner parties? Delicately thumbing through the host’s perfectly stacked stacks, getting a sense of what she and her loathsome new live-in boyfriend were all about? Immersed in that stunning book on cabin porn while the other guests circulated around you? (I don’t blame you; it’s a good one.)

Coffee table books are a unique literary creation and have become a gift-giving go-to.

I also suggest…

Hint: A successful trip depends on more than bringing snacks and the iPad.

Black and white image of mother and daughter walking away over craggy hill.
Black and white image of mother and daughter walking away over craggy hill.
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Family getaways inspire and connect. During a three-and-a-half-year ex-pat assignment in Amsterdam, my husband and I, along with our two young children, traveled extensively throughout Europe and Africa. We approached our time abroad as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expose our children to different cultures and histories, unusual landscapes, and new activities. Therefore, we squeezed in as many trips as possible before returning home to the U.S.

Our kids were only four and five years old when we first arrived in Amsterdam, so good trip planning was essential. A family trip, to give it body, must have a skeleton.

Indeed, travel…

Image of sad, depressed woman at her desk, laptop open with coffee cup and reading glasses in foreground.
Image of sad, depressed woman at her desk, laptop open with coffee cup and reading glasses in foreground.
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COVID-19 struck just as my husband and I were entering divorce mediation.

We’d been separated for eight months.

New York City started contemplating a shutdown during the second week of March. It was unprecedented. The fitful way in which city officials and residents alike wrestled with the decision seemed to mirror my personal struggle to move forward with my divorce. The shutdown of my marriage.

Yet, there we all were, taking steps to wrap up our normal lives and retreat from the world.

The subway cars became deserted as if the city had emptied in the face of an alien…

Heather Bolen

Writer, educator, guide. Founder of Travel & Culture Salon, a collection of curated online course creations. Learn more at

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