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Some things are just plain tough to talk about. Two years ago, if you had asked me if I would I do anything radio, podcasting, or blogging, my answer would have been simple. “Never!Newspaper gal all the way.” However, last month I started an adventure of epic proportions. Okay, maybe epic is a bit hyperbolic, but you know me. more
It’s crazy the stuff we’re thankful for as we age. Getting out of bed. Waking up at all. Coffee. Being able to swallow. Being able to feed myself. Being in my right mind. Well, mostly right. more
Fighting with our spouse is one thing. Fighting together for your family is a whole ‘nother approach. Both can be rooted in the same instincts. Do you ever wonder if your spouse actually likes fighting? Don’t we all wonder if we spend too much time trying to fix what’s broken at home? The answer could be as simple as the three ways all humans respond to fear: freeze, flee, or fight. more
Maybe you’ve had friends tell you to pray more instead of worrying. Good grief! Fear challenges us all. Maybe we’re afraid to take on a new adventure at work or home. Perhaps, we lie awake at night dreading bad news or we battle feelings of inferiority and anxiety. more
Is a man passive? This is a favorite topic for discussion over lunch with girlfriends throughout America. I know, I know, men talk about sports. But, we all know women talk about men. If anyone at your house seems passive, maybe they are just frozen with fear. It doesn’t have to be your hubby, it can be your wife, your kids, your parent, your friend. When we understand how fear affects us all, we are cultivating relationship super-powers. Plus, we can give the people we love the credit they deserves. more
It all started because I asked what topic would be appropriate for a speaking moment. You never know what a particular group of people might be interested in unless you ask. more
The current standing/kneeling/sitting controversy--played out by a sliver of our population but on the minds of most Americans--seems to have no end. Most of us yearn for bygone days, when allegiance could be paid and reverence shown, if only for the sake of civility and respect, whether or not we were in total lockstep agreement. more
Do you feel overwhelmed by all the stuff small business owners have to do now? I sat across from a very successful media exec this week and we laughed because his website needs an update desperately; no pictures at all. more
One reader really hit the nail on the head about how we all feel recently with this question. “I feel like how I am parenting is wishy-washy. How can I be consistent? How do I know what is right?” Certainly, I still feel this way. Just about the time we think we’ve figured it out, along comes another child who is totally different from the others. Plus, each new age brings new challenges. The rules keep changing! more
About a month ago, many parts of our state were devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Since that time, my staff and I have been working hard to ensure that those in Senate District 3 are receiving the help and services they need. more
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