coWORKer of the Month: Amit Kulkarni

coWORKer of the Month: Amit Kulkarni

Written by coWORKer Linda Jay Amit Kulkarni’s instinct to pursue what was then cutting-edge science–the field of BioInformatics–paid off in ways he could not have dreamed as he boarded the plane in Mumbai, dressed in a full suit, as a non-English-speaking 20-year-old who didn’t know the difference between Chicago and Dallas. Landing his first job […]

coWORKer of the Month: Amelia Beamer

coWORKer of the Month: Amelia Beamer

Written by coWORKer Linda Jay Co-WORKer Amelia Beamer is a developmental book editor and sci-fi writer who spends most of her professional time with “aliens, zombies, blood magic, psychic awakenings, tentacles, spaceships, and knights in shining armor.” Not your run-of-the-mill corporate concerns, for sure! Her biggest contribution to literature thus far is horny zombies.  Published […]

The Decade Game

The Decade Game

Our brains have this funny way of forgetting how much life changes over time. What’s happening right here, right now, can overshadow both the reality of the past and the potential for the future. At Coffee Social this week, the game was to tell us what your life was like ten years ago and what […]

coWORKer of the Month: Andrew Packard

coWORKer of the Month: Andrew Packard

Written by coWORKer Linda Jay “My firm is one of a few dozen solo practices in California focused primarily on storm water pollution cases brought under the Clean Water Act; most are in the Bay Area or Southern California,” remarks Andrew Packard, a new coWORKer at the Uptown (245 Kentucky Street) offices of WORK Petaluma. […]

The American Dream

The American Dream

What does it mean, this American Dream? It’s been so rainy for so long now, that I thought we might lighten things up with a fun chat about tropical vacation destinations…but nooo! The crew at Coffee Social is always eager to discuss bigger, broader, more important issues, like what is the ethos that defines America? […]

Can we kick into action now?

Can we kick into action now?

“Nowhere to go, nothing to do; just be.” I want to slow down and relax, but try as I might to ignore the state of our country (I’ve given up listening to NPR, reading the New Yorker, and even watching John Oliver and Stephen Colbert), I’m afraid relaxation is a luxury we cannot afford at this moment. […]

Can we slow down now? (Apparently not)

Can we slow down now? (Apparently not)

Does anyone else out there feel like hibernating? Perhaps we can read a good book while snuggled under a fuzzy blanket with a hot cup of tea in hand and a crackling fire in the background. There is a natural rhythm to the Earth and almost all living creatures, both plant and animal, pay attention […]

coWORKer of the Month: Firuze Gokce – January 2017

coWORKer of the Month: Firuze Gokce – January 2017

Written by coWORKer Linda Jay Talented in online marketing, networking, technology, and product positioning, Firuze Gokce is an enthusiastic new resident of Petaluma and coWORKer at Work Petaluma.  Firuze, her husband and business partner Fethi, and their 13-year-old son John moved to the U.S. from Turkey in the fall of 2015. “I love Petaluma!  It’s […]

What the Fact?!

What the Fact?!

fact – noun – the quality of existing or of being real; actuality; truth. I feel like we’ve been sliding further and further into a multi-dimensional reality with no mutually agreed upon truth. I don’t ever remember people questioning Walter Cronkite’s ability to honestly and correctly report the news. Signing off with his signature “And […]

Show, don’t tell

Show, don’t tell

I don’t remember my teacher’s name from my 7th grade English class; but I do remember an important concept that she drilled into us that year. “Show, don’t tell,” she called it. Show me your character is sad in your writing; don’t tell me. She was sad. or She rushed to the backyard and collapsed […]