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 […]

CoWORKing Coffee Talk: Snake Oil or Lemon Juice?

CoWORKing Coffee Talk: Snake Oil or Lemon Juice?

I was listening to a story about scurvy recently. Back in the days of long-distance oceanic exploration, ships would need to set sail with double the necessary crew, since half the men were expected to die along the way. Scurvy was a painful and grotesque affliction, marked by oozing wounds, lost teeth, yellowed skin, and […]

coWORKing Coffee Talk: Why Beauty?

coWORKing Coffee Talk: Why Beauty?

Bear with me…I’m a little rusty. It’s been 12 months since my last blog post! Not sure how I went from turning out one a week to none, but I’m determined to start writing again and the anniversary of the last entry seemed like a good time to start. Coffee Social this week was bound […]

coWORKing Coffee Talk: Brainstorming Retirement

coWORKing Coffee Talk: Brainstorming Retirement

What do you get when you sit a dozen free-thinking, creative, entrepreneurial coWORKers around a big white table and apply coffee? A lot of brainstorming! Last week I gave the group a challenge: invent a way to monetize the 40 years of hard-earned knowledge my back-to-the-land parents have accumulated so that they can support themselves […]

Real Life Skills

Real Life Skills

School gets out at 12:45 this week for parent-teacher conferences – as if the work days aren’t short enough already. Of all of my classes throughout high school and college, not a single teacher covered the mechanics of simultaneously maintaining your professional life and your family life. In fact, I don’t even remember thinking much […]

The English Language: A Heated Debate

The English Language: A Heated Debate

Coffee Social got a bit loud last week as tempers flared. We’ve discussed a lot of hot topics over the years, from the merits of democracy versus dictatorship to the relationship between crime, punishment, and education, but rarely have there been any strong reactions. That is, until we hit the emotionally charged subject of punctuation. […]

coWORKing Coffee Talk: The Drive to Work

coWORKing Coffee Talk: The Drive to Work

Transportation is a common theme at Coffee Social. One goal of WORK is to reduce the need for transportation by creating an office in your home town. But as much as we all love Petaluma, we still need to get to other places. Perhaps you have a meeting in Santa Rosa, or you want to […]

coWORKing Coffee Talk: The Water Challenge

coWORKing Coffee Talk: The Water Challenge

How many gallons of water per person per day does your household use? When Nancy came to Coffee Social with Petaluma’s new Drought FAQ handout, we jumped all over the opportunity to discuss this timely subject.  In fact, we spent most of the hour on this one topic, which says a lot, considering our standard […]

coWORKing Coffee Talk: Reimagining Value and Payment

coWORKing Coffee Talk: Reimagining Value and Payment

  Is the world ready for a new form of currency and a 21st-century payment system?  It seems long overdue.  The last twenty years have seen exponential growth and unprecedented change in so many sectors, yet money has remained much the same. It’s easy to imagine how helpful it would be if exchanging money was […]

coWORKing Coffee Talk: How to save the world

coWORKing Coffee Talk: How to save the world

  Coffee Social was no laughing matter this week.  Well, actually, we did laugh, but we also attempted to tackle a huge issue: How to save the world. I suppose first off, you have to believe the world needs saving.  It seems most of us can agree that there are some pretty pressing issues confronting […]