Cover Photo: A photograph of the author's father—tall, lanky, with close-cropped hair—overseeing workers at Maxwell House Coffee in the 1970s
Photograph courtesy of the author

My Father Taught Me to Pursue Excellence. Coffee Taught Me About Satisfaction.

An obsession with excellence creates an unfortunate binary: all or nothing.

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You know what I don’t associate with excellence? Maxwell House

But there’s a whole day.

Anne Lutz Fernandez is a former marketer, investment banker, and educator who spent two decades teaching English in public middle and high schools. She is co-author, with Catherine Lutz, of Carjacked: The Culture of the Automobile and its Effect on Our Lives and Schooled: Ordinary, Extraordinary Teaching in an Age of Change. Her writing, often on education, has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Guardian (UK), NBC THINK, and elsewhere.