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What does it mean to plan out our lives in unplannable circumstances?

The last time someone asked me about my five-year plan, I was in an office with too few windows, interviewing for a job that listed one set of responsibilities in the description and a different set in the interviews. I tried not to let it faze me, because the role came with health insurance.

By that point, I’d googled enough examples, filled out enough college applications, and written enough cover letters to be able to succinctly answer t when asked. …


To raise a true prodigy, forget about success

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At around 11:15 p.m. on May 30, all eyes were on the eight competitors still remaining on the Scripps National Spelling Bee stage — the soon-to-be “OctoChamps” who would be crowned joint winners, breaking the record for most competitors to tie for first place and setting off a media frenzy.

But as a mother of two, and as an anthropologist who has attended 15 spelling bees around the country in the last six years, my thoughts were with the parents. In that dramatically lit, cavernous ballroom in Maryland, I watched them watch their preternaturally poised children — 12-, 13-, and…

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