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Fourteen Years Later


It’s always a struggle to decide what to write – if anything – on September 11th.  Sometimes I look to larger companies to see what they’re doing.  But business as […]

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My Father


Many of you have been following me since the beginning of this journey.  You know somewhere in the middle I took a break – especially from social media.  I never […]

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Our Thoughts Are With Newtown


Like many of you, my thoughts have been with the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.  The children, the parents, the families and the town have all been […]

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Alesya Opelt Is Not My Name


My name isn’t Alesya Opelt anymore.  My married name is Alesya Macatol, but I continue to use Alesya Opelt professionally.  People always assume it’s for because I’m a feminist.  I […]

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Baby Update


Many of you have sent kind notes asking about how I was feeling, etc.  Thank you!  Here’s an update on the baby front… As of today I’m 35 weeks along.  […]

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Maribelle’s Christmas Ornaments


Four days before Thanksgiving and we’ve started our Christmas preparation.  My daughter has a small tree of her own.  Now that she’s at the ripe old age of 2 1/2 […]

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Where Have I Been?


I have a lot to tell you.  But let’s start with the big news – I’m pregnant! The 12 week ultrasound was on Friday and the baby looked great.  Good […]

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Official Work Schedule


Stephanie, our nanny for the past year, had her last day with us on Thursday.  She had a wonderful opportunity to teach English to students in France.   Of course she […]

Where I Was on September 11th

Where I Was on September 11th


On September 11, 2001 I was living near San Jose, CA and up at 5:30 AM to get ready for a 7:00 AM Toastmasters meeting.  When Matt Lauer said they […]

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Kids & Flexible Schedules


This is the scene at my house this morning.  Our nanny (who we love and has been extremely dependable) asked last night if she could come in at 12:30 because […]


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