Buona Befana

Liz Sumner Wisdom Leave a Comment

In Italy, especially this region, Le Marche, they celebrate Befana on January 6th. She’s pictured as an old crone covered in soot who comes down the chimney on the eve of Epiphany and leaves gifts or lumps of coal for the children. She sweeps away the old year and its problems with her broom.  As with many other festas there’s …

Why Chores Are So Hard

Liz Sumner Procrastination, Productivity 3 Comments

This week I had the distinct pleasure of being interviewed by Amanda Mull, staff writer for The Atlantic, a publication I greatly admire. She was writing a piece on procrastination, a subject on which I have lifelong expertise. Not all of my nuggets of wisdom made it into the finished article so I thought I’d share them here. Amanda posed the …

Can an American woman do this?

Liz Sumner Commitment, Courage, Life Dreams 2 Comments

I recently heard about a couple of guys who left established careers– one an engineer and one in finance– and went back to university to study music.  Wow, I thought. That would make a great subject for my podcast! “I Always Wanted to go back to school to study _____.” I loved the idea. It seemed so luscious and self-affirming …