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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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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When you got up this morning,  you likely thought this was another normal, glorious Fall Friday. Not quite. The world is skipping a beat today and taking pregnant pause to acknowledge, marvel, and celebrate. Today, my good friend and colleague, Susan Campbell is retiring from the Independent Mail newspaper after more than 51 years of continuous […]
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Hold On to What is Good
  My previous posts, What Can I Do? and CINDER ella concerned the house fire Ted and I faced in February. This horrific experience continues to be a blessing and growth opportunity I feel compelled to share.  Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NIV).  Some days are easier […]
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What Can I Do?
In January, I posted It’s Time! promising to resume writing after months of silence. Little did I know that post would become an apt ruler to measure what was ahead. A week later my mother died. Service and burial were delayed by a snowstorm but my husband’s scheduled hand surgery was not. Nine days later, we lost our house in […]
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It’s Time!
There has been a pregnant pause to my blog posts for the past few months. I’ve been too busy living life to take time to write about it. It’s time! As I begin 2016 by reflecting on my forthcoming annual lessons learned from the year before post, I thought I would resurrect: A Creed for 2011 (author unknown). […]
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What Are You Doing Wrong?
A great book came out several years ago, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There (Marshall Goldsmith). Goldsmith served as a board member of the Peter Drucker Foundation – yes, THAT Peter Drucker. This book is based upon what Goldsmith considers Drucker’s most important lesson:  “We spend a lot of time teaching leaders what to […]
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