A family holiday, no matter what

June 12th, 2020

March 23 is an important holiday to the Zaraysky family: It’s the day Susanna, her sister, and her parents left the former Soviet Union for the United States. This past March marked the 40th anniversary of their departure from modern-day Russia, as well as her parents’ 50th wedding anniversary, and the family planned to celebrate….

The big story behind a little Blue Dot

May 27th, 2020

Editor’s note: May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Learn more about Google’s mental health resources and tools.  A few years ago, Jenny Fandrianto noticed a sticker on a colleague’s laptop that read “ask me about Blue Dot.” So, she did. She learned Blue Dot is a network of Googlers who simply listen to those who…

How the Nest Hub Max helps keep families connected

May 18th, 2020

As a kid, I could navigate from my home to my grandparents’ house blindfolded—that walk remains muscle memory for me. My grandparents’ place was really my second home, nearly as familiar to me as my own. Today, my 92-year-old grandma, Mary-Jane (she prefers Marty), still lives in that house. She lives there alone, and although…

Two Googlers on resetting expectations for life at home

May 5th, 2020

Like many people, Googlers Alan Mclean and Jennifer Daniel are navigating their new at-home lives, finding ways to work while also parenting their two young children. The couple is working from their home in the Bay Area, where they’re taking shifts parenting and creating a remote office from…wherever they can find some room. I recently…

Explore new sites, relive old hikes for National Park Week

April 21st, 2020

Every year, I try to visit a new National Park or at least start planning my trip to one. That’s a little more difficult right now, but given that it’s National Park Week, I decided to try and keep with my tradition by using Google tools to satisfy my wanderlust. Explore new places and parks…

Knead some baking inspiration? We’ve got you covered

April 10th, 2020

Baking is intimidating. With all its numbers and measurements and exactness, it can be an unforgiving pursuit. And while I know these efforts end in a delicious treat, I’ve always remained wary of any activities that can be described as “chemistry.” But within the past few weeks of increased time spent at home, I’ve found…

Porsche Taylor puts women in the driver’s seat

March 24th, 2020

Porsche Taylor’s first time riding a motorcycle alone could have gone better. “That first ride, I had absolutely nothing on right: My helmet was too big, I didn’t own a jacket. I might have had on some baseball gloves; everything was just totally upside-down wrong,” she says. “But I wasn’t afraid, it was exhilarating. It…

Anna Vainer knows what makes her remarkable

March 11th, 2020

Even as a teenager, Anna Vainer knew what she wanted. “I remember, at 14, telling my sister ‘I’m going to be working in marketing,’” she says, smiling. “I don’t know how I knew that.” She was right: Anna is the head of B2B Growth Marketing for Google in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA),…