Great essay by Christina Katz, author Writer Mama (here's a link to her blog), a book I highly recommend for anyone writer interested in mixing motherhood with the life of being a freelance journalist. I carry my around with me constantly just to inspire me in uninspiring places.
In the essay above, Katz talks about the difference in networking vs. connecting. I feel the same way she does, that "networking" lives a bad taste in my mouth. Maybe it's the combo of "net" and "work" --you're working someone into a net as opposed to "connecting," which to me suggests that two people may have things in common and ways to help each other out.
She's definitely an inspiring woman, writer, and mother.