Before Facebook, we had Oprah. Thank God.

I’m old enough to remember Oprah’s daily show, broadcast (and filmed) in Chicago at 9:00 each weekday morning.  Twice, I had the privilege of being in the audience (sadly, neither time did I get a car) and had several friends who made their way to a taping.  Whether viewed in person, or at home,  Oprah... Read more »

PolitiCS vs. PoliCY: What's the difference and why it matters.

Straight Talk Series, Part I SO much talk of late about elections, confirmations and campaigns. In these conversations with neighbors, coworkers and friends, we are using words that mean different things to different people, often with less-than-ideal outcomes. In my quest for a more perfect Union, I wanted to offer to hit the pause button... Read more »

"Imperfect Servant" McCain's Call to Action

As each of us takes a moment to reflect on, and honor, the unmatched legacy of Sen. John McCain, the question I have asked myself is: What will I contribute to our great country? John McCain’s six-plus decades of selfless service to others, and a relentless belief in the exquisite beauty of our nation, is... Read more »

What is the color for Demon Awareness?

As the shock and disbelief of Kate Spade’s death by suicide lingers, it is interesting to note what words are used to describe her life, and speculation about her final days. Some reports were matter of fact; how Kate was found by her housekeeper and that (thankfully) her daughter was not home at the time.... Read more »

The letter I never got to send to Barbara Bush

About a month after we bought our old minivan, a full decade ago, a pair of little hands managed to stick a quarter into the CD slot.  The massive POP! moments later let me know that the days of rocking out to our favorite tunes were over, at least for a while. Our options at... Read more »

In defense of the WASP

Among my earliest childhood memories was hearing about how my great-grandmother made sure her housekeeper knew that anyone who came to the back door looking for a meal was never to be turned away. What began during the Great Depression continued until her death.  She volunteered for her church’s annual rummage sale, the proceeds of... Read more »

Supertramp wrote my life story

Today I’ve been asked to write about something I believed when I was a child that, as an adult, I no longer know to be true.  Where to begin? While there are too many to mention in this space, I’d have to say that when I was young I thought that tragedy brought people closer... Read more »

Daring greatly: Teddy Roosevelt had it right.

As the votes are counted in precincts across the country and each of us has had time to let the results sink in, I’m reminded of why what we do is so important. Teddy Roosevelt said “It is not critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where... Read more »

Why my best writing will never be published.

Thinking about the best writing I’ve ever done, I readily dismiss the two books I wrote.  Same with the thesis I created for my masters degree.  Even passionate, published letters to the editor on behalf of an issue dear to me don’t qualify. Nope.  The best thing I ever wrote was a note to my... Read more »

Men are microwaves, women are crock-pots

So tonight’s edition of Blog-a-paloozza is to write about something we wish we knew back then.  Hum, where to start? On the eve of my 49th birthday, I think of all the on-the-job training I had when it comes to knowing about men.  I don’t have any brothers and was raised by my phenomenal mom... Read more »