Thanks. Giving.

Roasted Turkey. Stuffing. Mashed Potatoes and Gravy. Green Bean Casserole. Cranberries. Do these all sound familiar to you? Thanksgiving – a day steeped in history and tradition. The history has been modified, glamorized, and even forgotten over the past 4 centuries, however much of the tradition has remained, as many families and friends gather together… Read More

A Sales Experience Beyond Expectations…

For Audio Version, click here: http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/WWJLPgzs This week, I went to a car dealership with our daughter to buy her first new car. As an aside, her first and only car was a used one that my husband and I had purchased eleven years (and 100,000+ miles) ago when she was a senior in high school.… Read More

The Plague of Grief

For Audio Version Click Here: http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/Wc71M3ds When my mom talks about the time my brother died as a baby, she does not remember anyone around to comfort her… no family or friends reaching out, giving her a hug, or sitting quietly beside her with supportive and loving energy. When I mention this to other people,… Read More

Creating a Catharsis…

Catharsis:  purification or purgation that brings about spiritual renewal or release from tension ~ Merriam-Webster.com I was invited to spend some time with a small group of women at “the lake” last weekend.  One woman is a friend I have known since the beginning of Catholic grade-school but had only re-acquainted with in the past… Read More

Scared Speechless

Picture:  Toastmaster’s Introductory meeting for “Return To Words” club charter, February 2014 This week I did my first Toastmaster’s speech… and I was scared speechless…  For someone who has gotten up in front of groups for years to educate, share, and be a leader,  you would think that I would not get nervous – right? Some people… Read More

It’s a bird…it’s a plane…no, it’s…

Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.     –Mother Teresa A local tattoo artist… A local millionaire… A mother of twelve… What do all of these folks have in common?   They are super-heroes.… Read More