Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A building made of staircases

Building made of staircases coming to the westside of Manhattan.

Design by Thomas Heatherwick.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Female Staffers' Strategy to Be Heard

from New York Magazine:

Obama’s Female Staffers Came Up With a Genius Strategy to Make Sure Their Voices Were Heard

Under Obama, women are in the room where it happens. Photo: Pete Souza/The White House
When President Obama first took office, the White House wasn’t exactly the friendliest place for female staffers. Most of Obama’s senior staffers — such as former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and former economic adviser Lawrence Summers — were men who’d worked on his campaign and subsequently filled his cabinet.
“If you didn’t come in from the campaign, it was a tough circle to break into,” Anita Dunn, who served as White House communications director until November 2009, told the Washington Post. “Given the makeup of the campaign, there were just more men than women.”
Susan Rice, who’s currently the national security adviser, said she (and other women) had to shoulder their way into important conversations: “It’s not pleasant to have to appeal to a man to say, ‘Include me in that meeting.’”
And even when they’d made it into the room, female staffers were sometimes overlooked. So they banded together (shine theory!) and came up with a system to make sure they were heard:
Female staffers adopted a meeting strategy they called “amplification”: When a woman made a key point, other women would repeat it, giving credit to its author. This forced the men in the room to recognize the contribution — and denied them the chance to claim the idea as their own.
“We just started doing it, and made a purpose of doing it. It was an everyday thing,” said one former Obama aide who requested anonymity to speak frankly. Obama noticed, she and others said, and began calling more often on women and junior aides.
As the Post points out, things have gotten much better for female staffers in Obama’s second term. There’s an even gender split among his top aides, and half of all White House departments are headed by women. “I think having a critical mass makes a difference,” White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said. “It’s fair to say that there was a lot of testosterone flowing in those early days. Now we have a little more estrogen that provides a counterbalance.”

Monday, September 12, 2016

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Twin Towers, 1977

Looking northeast from the base of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center
c. 1977
polyester negative, 5 x 4 in.
photo credit: Edmund V. Gillon

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Labor Day Weekend on Fire Island

SMD before jumping in the bay

Had a lovely weekend on Fire Island this past (Labor Day) weekend, 
even though it ended with me having strep throat.


GO, me, AB, SMD, & TB
GO won a bike at the Seaview Annual BBQ raffle!

Weekend torture

Until next year!

Grampa, c. 1962

My grampa, Jesse Paley
c. 1962

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Pacific Northwest

Seattle Mariners v. Detroit Tigers @ Safeco Field

A few photos of CB's & my trip to Washington & Oregon.

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Whitewater Rafting on the gorgeous White Salmon River

Orcas Island

Old friends
MV & me, Family Tides Farm, Orcas Island, Washington

Family Tides Farm, Orcas Island, Washington

Family Tides Farm, Orcas Island, Washington

Family Tides Farm, Orcas Island, Washington

Family Tides Farm, Orcas Island, Washington

Paley's Place!
Portland, Oregon

Orcas Island, Washington

Mississippi Marketplace
Portland, Oregon

International Rose Test Garden
Portland, Oregon

Mt. Hood, Oregon

Hood River, Oregon

Columbia River Gorge
Oregon (Right) &Washington (Left)

Climbing up Angel's Rest Trail
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon


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