Go Women! 858 Global Leaders In Boston

Last week I had the exquisite experience of hosting the International Women’s Forum Global Leadership Conference in Boston. The Conference, in which 858 global female leaders came together to discuss today’s issues, was a tour de force. Susan Hockfield, MIT President Emerita, gave a fiery talk about education and its future, including her exciting vision […]

Walking with dinosaurs

Kneeling against a large mound of sandy dirt, sweat rilling down my face and my hammer and awl set aside, I used my fingers to remove a few chunks of dirt.  As the soil shattered, I recognized the telltale chocolate brown of dinosaur bone, come to light for the first time in 65 million years.  […]

Bendel was almost eaten

On a starless night just after Christmas, my husband and I walked our dogs along the Bow River in Canmore, our adopted mountain town. The river snapped with shifting ice. The trees closed in and the path got dark–ambush territory. Our German Shepherd Spira alerted. Rigid, head high with radar ears, she hated on a […]

A Pope for our time

Pope Francis bent over a recumbent boy wracked by disability. The Pontiff blessed the child and kissed his forehead while the boy’s uncontrolled mouth yawed open in delight and his spindly arms joyfully batted the air. While the Popemobile waited, the Pope walked slowly among the assembled wheelchairs, paying special attention to these special children. […]

The final baby was the one who got me

The final baby was the one who got me. Barely three and a half feet tall, the smallest and struggling to keep up, he intermittently trudged and trotted mightily at the end of the line. It was late afternoon and they were coming in for the evening. Some plodded slowly, ears hanging. Hungry and tired […]

Avichai Kremer and the killer ALS

John McArthur, then Dean of Harvard Business School and my mentor, called me with a request. He wanted me to help a student start a biotech company. This was not optional, and it was no average student. Avichai Kremer, an extraordinary Israeli MBA candidate, had been diagnosed with ALS at age 29. After taking 24 […]

It’s dark, where’s my husband?

My husband Dave and I decided to attempt Mt. Assiiboine which at 11,870 feet is a significant climb through a variety of terrain elements. It is a beautiful, powerful peak with a siren call. The mountain is guided one-on-one; I climbed with my friend and guide Grant Meekins, and Dave was guided by British guide […]

In Memoriam: Lhotse of the Big Heart

Today is Lhotse’s last day in her golden, slightly goofy bear-dog skin. I lay some hours with her in her spot, in front of the house on the green lawn, with the autumn milk sky above and the sound of birdcalls. As my grooming brush burnished her luxuriant fur, it seemed to remove her pain […]