Author Archives: Priscilla Douglas

Family in Puerto Rico? Don’t expect to be 100%

Q:  I am not 100% at work because my mother, father, aunts and uncles are in Puerto Rico.  My work is highly detailed and I am afraid that I am going to screw up.  What can I do?   A:  Be … Continue reading

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Are we re-writing Columbus Day?

Q:  I just moved to Vermont and had no idea that they don’t celebrate Christopher Columbus.  I consider myself to be well informed and can’t fathom that Vermont is one of many states that do not celebrate Columbus’s arrival. Yes, … Continue reading

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What do you do when your leader lies?

Q:  I caught my boss in a flat out lie and frankly I was so shocked that I said nothing.  When I looked up, everyone’s eyes were on me, waiting for me to say something.  What should I do? A:  … Continue reading

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Double fault conversations?

By Priscilla H. Douglas Q:   Over the last year I thought I was having open and direct conversations with my colleague, but now I find that we are on opposite sides. I am shocked! How can I ever trust this … Continue reading

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Why can’t we talk about race?

By Priscilla H. Douglas Q:  I mentioned the Ta Nehisi Coates Atlantic article entitled “The First White President” to my colleague and she said, “Everyone is not a racist.”  What? Where did that come from?  Why can’t we talk about … Continue reading

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Are people just meaner now?

By Priscilla H. Douglas Q: I get pushed, elbowed and bushwhacked by backpacks on the subway. I get the finger more often than I use my windshield wipers when driving. Every year brings a new low. It’s awful!  Are people … Continue reading

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Together WE built this country

  “We built railroads, and highways; the Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge together.   We sent my grandfathers generation to college on the GI Bill together.   We instituted a minimum wage and worker safety laws together.  Together, we touched … Continue reading

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Where are the leaders?

A:  I have been appalled by the lack of leadership on what should be a red line regarding Nazis and white supremacists.   Where are the leaders? Q:  Don’t make the mistake of confusing the trappings of power—for example, the White … Continue reading

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Take a stand

Q:  I recognized him right away. I am not surprised–I work with him and he is a real *%#*.  I didn’t respond to @YesYoureRacist tweet and provide his name, I froze.  Help!  A:   I can understand why you froze. This … Continue reading

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After Charlottesville Listen and Be Kind

By Priscilla H. Douglas Q:  I am a graduate of UVA and watched the mayhem unfold. I feel totally helpless.   What can I do to make a difference? A:  I can appreciate that you feel helpless but I suspect … Continue reading

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