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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The world is filled with gifted, talented, dedicated people. God will send them to you when you need them if you will watch and wait. Allow them to ‘do their thing’ with their skills and expertise. You will be amazed by the results. You should not tell an artist how to paint, a stylist how […]

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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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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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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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