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I live in North Carolina, one of the many places I’ve called home over the years.

(If you’re looking for my author’s page, you’ll find it at www.maryjanenirdlinger.com)

Throughout my career I’ve been fascinated by how we come together in creative ways to solve problems, manage conflict, and engage with each other in meaningful and successful ways.  As a working woman, mother, daughter, spouse, colleague, community member, you name it, it’s an inescapable part of life. And one of the most enjoyable experiences for me are those moments when we find a way to turn solve a problem with an unexpectedly elegant solution.

I began this blog as a way to collect my thoughts and experiences and to connect with others who are learning and living through original thinking and creative problem-solving.

I hope you’ll take a moment to share your experiences here.



  1. Thanks for sharing your writing here; all good food for thought, and quite relevant to my life, right now. It used to be more professional conflict, and I was fairly good at that; now it’s more figuring things out in my personal life, and I’m not yet as good at that.

    I never would have known about this, but I read your column in Planning magazine, which I rarely actually get to do. Glad you suggested the ‘local vacation’ idea, and I had to smile at your comments about what we take pictures of when we visit other places… as a planner and professional photographer, I can relate!

    Keep up the good work down there. I went to Duke Forestry/Env Studies for grad school, and cycled back and forth to Chapel Hill for a planning class or two at UNC.

    Best wishes to you…



  2. Great blog, Mary Jane! I do a lot of collaborative work in my job too – appreciate your thoughts here! Good for focus & connection.

    My hobby’s been hobbies too! No veggie garden next year. Letting go of a couple of groups and focusing on music & water. Guitar, dance, singing… Starting to write songs! In process of getting advanced Scuba training too.

    Thank you for the frame. Without a frame, it’s just a bunch of stuff in a pile, no?

    I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ve got on your horizon!



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