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The Dirty "U" Word

What? You’ve never heard of the dirty “U” word? It’s unemployed. If you are between jobs right now ― as so many Americans are ― stop hurting yourself with the dirty “U” label. It has too many connotations and frankly it isn’t even correct. You aren’t unemployed. You are employed […]

What’s in a name?

I get asked about the origins of my name all the time. Seriously. Most people think it’s Italian (which I think is great since I ♥ Italy). Actually, the story is even better: it was the creativity of an eight-year-old boy. Living next door meant that Jeremiah, the son of […]

So it shall be written, so it shall be done

True confession: I did not go to a Passover seder last night. In typical Jewish fashion, I felt guilty about skipping this important annual ritual feast. But we did mark the night as different from all other nights. Instead, my mother and I resurrected an old favorite tradition from when […]

Resolutions in March

Most people tend to make resolutions once a year for New Year’s. But studies show that most people also break these resolutions before February even begins. Instead, I like to space making resolutions out. I reassess and make resolutions for my birthday in April, the Jewish New Year (which typically […]

Where’s the Line?

Where do you draw the line? The line between what you share about yourself online and what you keep private. I believe in the careful communications recommended in a recent U.S. News article; and I also agree that those pictures don’t matter as much as you think. I applaud Penelope […]

Hello world

I’m the Nosy Parker and here’s a little glimpse of me. I’m in my late twenties, I’m Jewish and I grew up in Santa Cruz, Calif., a beautiful and funky beach town in the South Bay where my family still lives. I was an editor/writer and project manager at The […]

Musings of a Curious Mind

Welcome to my blog, Nosy Parker – Musings of a Curious Mind. The name is a tribute to my great-aunt Plu who lived with us for part of my childhood. Plu was very, very British. The smell of wheat toast and English breakfast tea with milk still remind me of […]