Treating Women and the Environment Well

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New York State’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, has made national headlines again . . . and not for good reasons. You are likely aware that Letitia James, the state’s Attorney General (a Black woman), investigated sexual harassment complaints against him and found that they were credible. And today he resigned. 👏🏾 I was never a fan … Read more

Academic Writing Anxieties

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I think you know that Michelle Dionne Thompson Coaching and Consulting is about making sure that women in academia can build sustainable, long-term careers. Writing support is the cornerstone of making this happen. And yet, as this survey reflects, it is also the one part of academic jobs/degrees that causes no end of upset and stress. The … Read more

Writing Systems?

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Systems and writing may seem contradictory. Don’t we write when the muse hits? Otherwise, we’re suffering from writer’s block, right? You just open the document and write the thing. When you edit, you just do the copy edits with the red pen. There’s no system. My answer to that is NO! Writing is easier and … Read more

Time Management During the Plague

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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

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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

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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

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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

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 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

Food and Sleep and Food and Sleep

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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