There have been few heroines in my life, but Barbara Pierce Bush is certainly one. Despite being born in New York, she was very much a Southern Belle, more a Steel Magnolia.  I identify with her voracious love of family and books, raising sons, her white hair, love of Springer Spaniels, her outspoken nature, Presbyterian […]

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My previous post, #ME TOO Goes Two Ways prompted great feedback on harassment in the workplace. HR departments are scrambling to reboot, rewrite, refine, and reactivate polices and practices to provide more distinctive boundaries for grown up behavior at work. All these years we have believed it is children who require boundaries for healthy growth.  Certainly […]

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As an HR professional, I feel compelled to weigh in on the current Sexual Harassment Revolution. It is a revolution. Things are just getting started. Hang with me here. Some of this may surprise you. My career spans four decades.  I have facilitated sexual harassment training for businesses, non-profits and small companies, conducted several harassment […]

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As few years back, my husband and I accompanied college friends to the NC State vs. Tennessee football game in Atlanta. Our alma mater, The Wolfpack, was annihilated. After the game, while commiserating over drinks the word SCHADENFREUDE came up. Never heard of the word. According to Encarta it means ‘gloating at somebody else’s bad […]

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Who ISN’T experiencing life with Millennials these days?  Millennials are those born @ 1981 – 1997, a/k/a Generation Y (Why? Why? Why?) a/k/a the ME, ME, ME generation. They are also called the Echo Boomers as most of them are children of Baby Boomers who created their birth rate surge. My two sons are Millennials (technically). Neither […]

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  The events of our lives happen in a sequence in time, but in their significance to ourselves they find their own order.– Eudora Welty Thank you for the incredible feedback from my last post, 10 Lessons Learned in 2016. Many of you commented on your own watershed moments as they apply to life’s tough […]

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A year ago while writing 2015’s Life Lessons (never posted), a string of inconceivable events occurred, my world tipped on its axis, and life hasn’t been the same. Some of those events are covered in previous posts but I decided I needed to articulate,at least for myself, what 2016 taught me. Lesson One: As you grow […]

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Imagine. You’ve spent decades raising four children. They have all grown and flown the nest. You and your spouse are eagerly facing the years you’ve planned for, dreamed and talked about – years void of responsibilities minor children require, years for travel, exploring new hobbies and interests. As part of the “rest of your life plan” […]

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Among the lip-smacking tastes of sweet potato pie, green beans, and turkey and dressing this Thanksgiving, there is a faint hint of bittersweet for me and my extended family. It has been a challenging year for us all, one of great pain, sadness and exhaustion from multiple directions and different fronts. Together we will gather to collectively praise and […]

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Many of you have asked for an update following the loss of our home to fire earlier this year. What Can I Do?  Thank you for your continued prayers. Moving through Labor Day weekend, I felt a profound sense of transition. I deemed it a ready departure from the previous eight months of loss and recovery to […]

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