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A flurry of news coverage followed the publication of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ September jobs report, which found that 865,000 women left the labor force from August to September. In contrast, 216,000 men left the workforce during the same timeframe.

Adding to the alarm, analysis of the BLS data…


The trouble with the return-to-work conversation is that many of us aren’t “returning to work.”

We never left. Work never stopped.

Bringing work home with us took on new meaning in 2020, as work lives blended (or collided) with the lives of our families. The lines between work and home…


Two Sunday mornings every month I ride the NYC subway down to the southern tip of Manhattan to my volunteer job at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

I sat on the train this past Sunday with a heavy heart, having awoken to the news of yet another mass shooting that…


It began during the holidays — Amazon’s courting of the residents of my Queens, New York neighborhood.

The goldenrod and black color scheme of the conspicuously oversize (8 x 10) postcard wedged into my mailbox was unmistakably Amazon’s.

“Amazon is investing in Long Island City,” the banner read, with an…


No problem
I totally get you
You’re doing a great job
I’m so glad you’re back
That’s a shame
Bless her heart
No. You’re not annoying me
Good for her
I agree
No worries
So great to see you
No, I haven’t heard from him
Everyone’s cool with it
I’m really looking forward to it
No one thinks you’re a douche
Thanks so much
Everything’s in good shape
Thanks for calling


On letting go

I dreaded the first Thanksgiving without my mom so much so that I impulsively ditched the annual extended family ritual and ran away to Europe to visit my friend, Grace (who coincidentally shared my mom’s first name). I dragged my 16-year-old daughter along with me, never-mind that she…

Lorrie Lykins

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