Showing Up – A Lost Art

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I’m going to try and write this without sounding bitter. But I’ll be honest – I’ll probably have to spit out the lemon by the time I’m done. There’s so much chatter (be it written or verbal) about how people aren’t actually talking to each other any more. Everyone, even in the same proximity to each … Read More

Now What?

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Photo credit: Gonzaga University I have graduated. Again. The consistent question I’m getting from people who learn that I’ve just earned my master’s degree is “Now what?” I have to say, it’s a question I didn’t expect to be asked so much! For the most part, my answer is “More of the same, I suppose… … Read More

Why I Walk

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This blog post is the speech I gave at the San Diego Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kick-off breakfast this morning. They asked me to talk about being a “Pacesetter” (one of the top San Diego fundraisers for the walk) – the why and the how. Ruth, Eleanor, Joan, Janet, Rosemary, and Carol—Each of these women fought … Read More

Channeling a Non-American

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Outside St. Peter’s Basilica As I set off to see the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica yesterday, I was wearing a long, black halter dress and had my hair pulled up in a bun. A guy sitting on the sidewalk yelled out to me, “Senor!” As I kept walking, I thought, that’s odd – why … Read More

Travel – My Love!

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INSTANT SATISFACTION We learn every time we travel. We learn about ourselves and we certainly learn about differences in cultures—both how American culture is different from others and how countries are different from each other. I don’t think I manage to embarrass myself all that often in my travels, but there is one particular situation which … Read More

2013 – The Year of More

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I think there’s a difference between being optimistic and when it’s something you really feel in your bones to be true. I truly feel deep in my bones that 2013 is going to be a special year in many ways. Every new year brings with it re-assessment of the previous year and thoughts about what … Read More

MORE Change… The Only Constant in Life

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I’m realizing more and more that the only thing constant in life is change. And I think that’s a good thing! People have their opinions about employment and how long you should keep a job… It’s funny because I think some of that perspective comes from “the olden days” and perhaps some of it also … Read More