Category relationships

When to Walk Away

2016 has been an astonishingly two-faced year, punctuated with professional successes which were immediately followed by enormous personal tragedies, one after another, for months. I will eventually write about them all, here or elsewhere, but most of them are too close at the moment. So I’ll start with the one that I’ve been able to […]

On Apologizing

I made a decision based on incomplete information, and it turned out to be the wrong decision. In carrying out the decision, I caused another human being significant distress, and in the end, my intentions and justifications for my actions don’t matter.

From Russia, With Love

Most people who don’t know me or my boyfriend well tend to treat our relationship as a modern Romeo and Juliet. We are star-crossed lovers from antagonistic countries locked in a power struggle, our families enemies of each other, forsaking our national loyalties to be together. I can tell you that it’s really not that dramatic; we get along very well. But there have been a few different perspectives that he’s exposed this relatively proud American to.