Ah, May! The most transitional month of the year, full of watershed moments, celebrations, memory makers – time to move ahead on the next step of the journey.  In typical fashion of doing everything all at once, I graduated high school (St. Mary’s School, Raleigh, NC) in May on my 18th birthday. Those years at boarding […]

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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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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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  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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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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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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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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Dog Days are here! Defined by Webster’s as “the hot, sultry period between mid-July and September; a time of stagnation or lessened activity aptly named because the Dog Star (Sirius) rises and sets with the sun during this time.” This is no time of stagnation or lessened activity for business, though many lean on that excuse. […]

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