Don’t Call Me “Cute”

Don’t Call Me “Cute”

Puppies are cute. Babies are cute. The way my husband once tried to trick me by insisting the vanilla side of a black & white cookie was the best part just so I’d let him eat all of the chocolate, was sort of cute. But being called “cute” in a...
Lost at Sea: Senior Year

Lost at Sea: Senior Year

(This article is provided by guest writer and Commander-in-She summer intern Ellie Powers).  If anyone had asked me earlier this year what I thought Senior year would look like, I’d probably have given some vague response like, “Oh, I don’t know, hopefully good,” when...
My Son is 17 and I Still Make His Sandwiches

My Son is 17 and I Still Make His Sandwiches

I have a confession to make: My son is 17 and I still make his sandwiches. As someone who believes in the power of words and works in the field of storytelling, I’m aware of how this single sentence might tell its own story, an unfavorable one. You’re probably...
Fall is Like a New Box of Crayons

Fall is Like a New Box of Crayons

The weather is cooling, a sign that fall is coming… my favorite season! Fall is sweater weather and suede boots. Fall is colorful foliage, picking crisp apples in the cool air and football Saturdays. (Or, at least, the memory of college football and the hope for...
Next Chapter with Elisa Padilla: Kicking It!

Next Chapter with Elisa Padilla: Kicking It!

In a storied career that’s spanned several decades, Elisa Padilla says she’s currently at “the beginning.” New beginnings Since starting her marketing career in 1992, Padilla has led event operations, grassroots community efforts, and marketing and branding strategies...