Steve Schulz: From Teacher to Multi-Millionaire

Most of us are taught the typical American way of life at an early age.  Work hard in school. Work hard in college. Work hard in your 9-to-5-two-weeks-vacation-a-year job. Work hard for many, many years and you can finally retire and enjoy life. Steve Schulz set off on that path by working as a middle-school... Read more »

In the Busyness of Life, Sometimes You Just Need to Walk Away

You’re having one of those days. Everything’s coming at you all at once.  Paperwork is piling up.  Emails are screaming to be answered.  Phone messages have yet to be returned. Contracts have to be signed and shipped off in the mail. The family room is in desperate need of a couple runs with the vacuum... Read more »

Make 2014 the Year of Passion!

If 2013 was the year of mediocrity for you, then it’s time to take the reins on your life and make 2014 the year of passion! What do I know about this? Well, four years ago, I was stuck in a mediocrity rut.  Life was good, but it was just…ho hum. I had gotten caught... Read more »

The Uproar Over a Fake Sign Language Interpreter

“Ha oun i ie i no e ere ac a e hae ie. I s ha ieece e ha mae o he lies o oer at ill deerie he iifiace o e ife e ea.” — Nelson Mandela A little frustrating to not know what this sentence reads, isn’t it?  Welcome to my deaf life.... Read more »

Not Inspired? It's Time for a Change

I have a friend who has been dragging through life in the last several years. I see this friend occasionally during the year at social gatherings. Every single year, it’s been the same response to the request to catch up on what’s new. “What’s new? Oh, it’s the same since the last time we talked.”... Read more »

How Writing on the Bedroom Walls Led to a One Direction Music Video

“Mom, can I write on my walls?” When my teenage daughter asked me that question, I had to probe further.  ”What do you plan on writing on the walls?” I asked. In the previous years, Lauren had requested permission for many different ways of expressing herself. Multiple ear piercings. Belly button piercing. Tattoos. I suddenly... Read more »

Right Now, Drop Everything and Cherish the Moment

Right now, drop everything and cherish this moment.  I mean RIGHT NOW.  Yup, this very moment. Poof. It’s gone. Did you enjoy it? Did you pause in the middle of something you really loved to do to read this post? No? Is this post just breaking up the monotony of yet another day of mediocrity?... Read more »

Sort Through the Clutter and Find Your Voice with Joel Boggess

“Listen to your voice. No one else can hear it. Tell your story. No one else can speak it. Run after your passion. No one else can catch it. Being true to the person you were created to be is the best gift you can give yourself, your family, and the world.” That’s the first... Read more »

Deaf Teens Sign "I Would" for the One Direction 1D Day Music Video

    Can deaf kids enjoy music? That’s a question I often get from parents of newly-identified deaf and hard of hearing babies.  In a nutshell, the answer is “yes.”  In fact, this week, XXL and SPIN produced a story about deaf musicians: Hearing Impaired Rappers on the Rise. My own three kids have varying... Read more »

Dear 20-Year-Old Self, You Should Have Enjoyed Your Perky Boobs

I have a 20-year-old son who is off to college.  Somehow, the math doesn’t add up, because it was just yesterday when I met my 20-year-old boyfriend who became my husband.  I still feel like a 20-year-old on some days, but the crow’s feet decorating my eyes reminds me of the big 5-0 birthday coming... Read more »