Writing myself into a corner

When I was a young reporter, we'd come back from a meeting or event and we would be under a tight deadline. You didn’t have a ton of time for lots of discussion about the best approach to take or what flowery language to use in the piece. We would often start by typing out... Continue Reading →

The days of the week: Meet the friends in my head

Mister Rogers began each episode of his children's television series by changing into one of his trademark cardigan sweaters while singing the show's theme song, “Won't You Be My Neighbor?” As soon as you saw him, it didn't matter your age, you knew you were in a safe place. Who wouldn’t want to have Mister... Continue Reading →

Letting emotions get the best of me

I’ve fallen into a bad habit that's been horrible for my waistline and my health. I've fallen into the trap of emotional eating as a way to celebrate events, but also to suppress stress and sadness. For example, one of our kids comes home for the weekend or vacation. Of course, we need to celebrate, right?... Continue Reading →

Can I get a do-over?

I found my day.  There it was on my screen. I refreshed the website to make sure I was reading it correctly. I looked again. Yup, I read it right the first time, National Mulligan Day is observed this upcoming Monday (October 17). Who thinks of these days? In any event, a mulligan in golf... Continue Reading →

Recapturing the magic in my head

As writer, you work hard to take the reader on a journey, to think and to touch them in ways they'd never imagine. You spend a tremendous amount of time alone in your thoughts, thinking about what you want to say, and then when you have it, you spend the rest of your time figuring... Continue Reading →

Cry me a river

My breathing was off. I couldn’t get it under control. My running gait seemed off too. The irritation on my foot that had started out as an annoyance was now a raging blister that made a squishing sound every time I stepped. I was running my first marathon. If I was honest with myself though,... Continue Reading →

Grace to fail

I gave a presentation at work recently. It did not go as well as I would have liked. I can tell you everything that I did wrong in the presentation. I talked too fast; I rambled in spots; and I spoke without a lot of emotion or enthusiasm. I’ve made a ton of presentations over... Continue Reading →

Why didn’t anyone tell me?

I’m a mess. My days are numbered. They’re ticking off in front of me. If that weren’t enough, I've learned that I’ve been wronged. At least according to the guy on TV who claims that “people with a lawyer always get more,” I'm missing out on what's rightfully mine. Who knew?  A few weeks ago,... Continue Reading →

Fighting back against should and must!

I have projects that I should be finishing. I have calls and emails I should be returning. I have several large deadlines approaching. I see the large group of sharks starting to circle me. I should be swimming to the shore as fast as I can. It's not just work. I have chores at home... Continue Reading →

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