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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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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It’s the season of gift lists, gift wrap, gift cards, gift giving, gift tags, gift receiving, gift shipping, gift delivery, gift exchanging, gift returns. It’s a gift marathon.  To successfully pull it off in record time you need energy, monetary resources, degrees in finance, creativity, logistics and a pack of patience. There is a gift aspect […]

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Happy Thanksgiving. It’s a blessing to give thanks as we transition from a season of growth and renewal to a more dormant time to appreciate abundance. As individuals, we go through these transitions just as businesses go through life cycles. If you’re not growing, you’re dying. Sometimes, events transpire so quickly that either can happen […]

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It’s a tradition that I write an annual DOG DAYS column. It began when I was editor of the employee newsletter at the Independent-Mail.  Decades later, I’m still at it. My husband and I are moving during these hottest, most miserable weeks of the year. Don’t misunderstand. We are MIGHTY thankful. It’s just poetic justice! As […]

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My posts have been few and far between these past months as my ‘muse’ has been absent. Sometimes, it is still hard to think. Ted and I have been focused on the completion and move to our new house. For those unfamiliar, we suffered a house fire in February 2016. See What Can I Do? […]

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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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