Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933 – 2020)

By Michelle Thompson | September 19, 2020 | 0 Comments
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

September 19, 2020 I write this to you a little over 12 hours since we learned of her death from pancreatic cancer. She died on Rosh Hoshana, the Jewish New Year (it’s 5781). One way that Jews memorialize the holiday is by dipping apples in honey to symbolize a sweet new year. What a sour … Read more

Time Management During the Plague

By Michelle Thompson | April 20, 2020 | 0 Comments
old fashioned alarm clock with bells

In NYC, we’re starting week 6 of sheltering in place, and it certainly is a challenge. Perhaps you live alone and have nothing but yourself to work with unless you are doing a call. Perhaps you live-so-not-alone-and-there-are-young-people-underfoot-and-when-does-school-start-again-please. Perhaps you are with your spouse. All of the time. And these new worksite arrangements really put a dent … Read more

Zoom Fatigue Syndrome

By Michelle Thompson | April 2, 2020 | 0 Comments
woman pressing finders to bridge of nose looking stressed with phone and glasses on table

Hello everyone!  Here we are in week 3 of the COVID-19 Tango here in NYC, and I suspect it’s not getting any easier for you. If you haven’t caught coronavirus, you may be suffering from Zoom-Or-Fill-In-The-Online-Platform-Of-Your-Choice Fatigue Syndrome. Is this a thing? I think it is. We’ve finally tired of our screens! Can you believe it? … Read more

Lawyering and PhDing in the Age of COVID-19

By Michelle Thompson | March 20, 2020 | 0 Comments
image of DNA

You’re damned right you’re getting nothing done. These are absolutely crazy times.  🥴  You’re distracted. 🥴  Your routines are seriously disrupted. 🥴  You may be completely alone. 🥴  You may be spending far too much time with the family you’ve created. And there are so many other components to this. My recommendation? I know you’re hard charging. … Read more

Political Ups and Downs

By Michelle Thompson | February 7, 2020 | 0 Comments
marble pillars

Many of you know that part of what I try to create here at Michelle Dionne Thompson Coaching and Consulting is a space for people to create the communities and society we want to see. This is no easy task. And it’s really hard when you’re up to your eyeballs with emails, requests from colleagues, requests from … Read more

Preparing for the new semester

By Michelle Thompson | January 20, 2020 | 0 Comments
brick church

 What’s hard about it is: (1) working in isolation, and  (2) not making it a system.  I’m guilty of both.  And know that for many academics, this is why writing can be challenging. So, my first suggestion is that you pull colleagues together and you draft your syllabi together. If you’re on my newsletter, I offer … Read more

Does LinkedIn Make Your Eyes Glaze Over?

By Michelle Thompson | December 9, 2019 | 0 Comments
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No, I’m not looking for a job. But I remember when there was a time where I easily used LinkedIn. I would post consistently. I would write articles . . . some of them even got some views! I have posted work that I published at other publications, including my dissertation. And then I stopped. … Read more

Food and Sleep and Food and Sleep

By Michelle Thompson | November 29, 2019 | 0 Comments
child sleeping on pillow

You know that I am hell-bent on getting lawyers and academics in the best shape they can be. We have the knowledge and skill set necessary to remove the bonds of oppression so people can live their lives fully. That’s why, no matter what my clients want from me, I always ask them about their self-care and … Read more

Crappy Editing Responses

By Michelle Thompson | November 19, 2019 | 0 Comments
page with editing marks being made with red marker

We all want people to read our work and give us perspective on what we’re working on. We want them to be thoughtful about their responses. We want feedback that genuinely improves the work that we take on. So, it’s really disappointing when we get really bad feedback. This blog post will point to my … Read more

Lessons Learned From my Cruise

By Michelle Thompson | July 17, 2019 | 0 Comments
blue ocean off shore with seagulls in foreground

Last week, I took a desperately needed vacation. One week, one cruise, seven days, no wifi. Bliss. While I blithely go through my life as if everything is super easy, this year I have done a voice recital, moved apartments, ran my business, taught, written (still writing), and am still working to get our apartment … Read more