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2014 - A great time to reset

I have written four stories already on New Year’s Resolutions for 2014 for the four Shaw Media magazines I contribute to. I interviewed at least eight different “experts” addressing the obvious topics of losing weight, eating healthier, being more organized and spending more time with family. But the most helpful advice I learned for starting... Read more »

Clara Kirk needs our help: deadline is looming

Clara Kirk has spent her life helping those in need. She helps shelter and care for abused women and their children. Clara Kirk is there when others are not. Clara Kirk is there when the men who said they’d love these women forever showed they were liars. Clara Kirk is a tiny 72-year-old widow who... Read more »

A heart like Clara's

In my life, I have learned there are people whose live’s are so perfect they tend to invent problems and conflicts just to get attention and make their lives appear to be a bit more interesting. Then there is Clara Kirk. At 72 years old, with little means of her own, this beautiful little woman... Read more »

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Yikes, just typing that out makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end)

My high school theater teacher once told our theater class at the beginning of freshman year that when you go to a play you must empty out your brain and set it up on the stage. So that is what I did this weekend when I went to see Sweeney Todd: The Barber of Fleet... Read more »

October is bully awareness and prevention month: Get involved!

My 14-year-old daughter was bullied, and more than once this past year. In each case I stayed calm. I was my daughter’s soft place to fall and a safe place to share. I let the appropriate adults involved in those situations know that there was a bullying issue and I needed their help in keeping... Read more »

Jerry Kill and his new purpose

Many who know me know that I don’t follow football, much less college football, nor do I know the players’ names, much less the coaches. But now, thanks to epilepsy, I do  know who University of Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill is. Like my own 14-year-old daughter,  Abby, Jerry Kill has epilepsy. He  has recently... Read more »

I am good enough, you are good enough

To me, there is no sadder expression on a human being’s face than the expression of the feeling of not being good enough. I have seen this expression on the faces of family members, friends, strangers. I have seen this expression in the mirror. I recall times walking down the street and seeing people unable... Read more »

"The Tall Ships" and the wonderful!

My mom insisted we go downtown to Chicago’s lakefront yesterday to see The Tall Ships. Well, don’t get me wrong, I do believe there is no where more beautiful to spend a summer afternoon. But, my reality is we  live in a cul-de-sac, nestled in a suburb, nearly an hour-and-a-half away from the lakefront. My... Read more »

God, I'm back! Hopefully on my way to a better version of me!

For a few years I have been attending one church on a regular basis. However, in recent months some things about the church changed and my feeling changed about the church. So I stopped going. I have not gone back to that church for about two months. I have had some feelings of sadness, confusion... Read more »

The ultimate curse: writer's block

Today is the first time in several weeks that I have even opened up this blog page. The inspiration has been fleeting. The energy nil. The desire to share my thoughts lacking. I’ve thought about an idea here and there, but then automatically think, “well, who cares about that?” Then move on to something else.... Read more »