Humane Culture

“People call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or prostitute.” – Dame Rebecca West A former colleague of mine would make a big deal out of the fact that his wife, who also...
“Men are from Earth. Women are from Earth. Deal with it.” – George Carlin Recently I made the monumental decision to run my own practice as a solo attorney. After a year of soul-searching through various options, I finally felt...
  “What you don't see with your eyes, don't witness with your mouth.” -Jewish Proverb My friend Jen used to describe her best friend since childhood, Tracy, as a complete screw-up. Every time she would mention her, she would roll her...
  “You can have everything you want. You just have to quit waiting for someone to tell you that you deserve it.” – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Forty years ago, when I was in grade school, I remember learning about...
  “Our most difficult task as a friend is to offer understanding when we don’t understand.” ~Robert Brault I just read a story about a graphic designer who created a series of greeting cards for people with serious illness. Fifteen years...
“Mistakes are the portals of discovery”- James Joyce Meg appeared in my doorway, hesitated and then slowly walked toward me, her finger outstretched, pointing. “Have you seen the Miller file? I think maybe I left it in here. Maybe you...
“Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be.” - Fanny Brice I got engaged at the age of 44 and this is my first marriage. I’m one of those people who didn’t see a point...
  “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing”. – Edmund Burke A woman in my industry has a reputation for being extremely difficult to work with. She attacks others, including her own teammates,...
 “This above all: to thine own self be true”. – William Shakespeare When I was in my twenties, I was diagnosed with a cyst on my left ovary. Fortunately, it was nothing serious, but I did have to have surgery...
  “Don’t run. Just stop holding your tongue.” – Sara Bareilles I once had a boss whose husband would come to our holiday parties and creepily flirt with all the women. I recently attended a holiday party in which a fellow...
“The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” – Shirley MacLaine My boyfriend, Rich, has always been a stickler for a clean kitchen, which, of course, is a wonderful quality...
“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor.” – Anne Lamott Have you ever encountered the kind of people who expect the impossible from others? They view anything less than perfection as a failure. They hyper-focus on your mistakes and they...