“Why don’t you update your look?”

July 23, 2014 0 Comments

A college sophomore reached out to me recently. She’s majoring in journalism and she wants to be a news anchor. She wanted to meet to “pick my brain” about the business.  I always love meeting with aspiring journalists…allows me to get “real” with them.  The young woman was quite tenacious and hit me right from […]

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Oh automatic doors…please OPEN!!

July 22, 2014 0 Comments

I hate automatic doors at stores. In fact, I loathe them. Poor doors…it’s not their fault. I have misdirected anger and hostility towards them. I love their convenience, but they turn a quick, 5-minute trip into an hour-long chaotic catastrophe. My son is obsessed with the automatic doors. It appears that he has magical hands. When […]

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I don’t even know how to title this…

July 15, 2014 2 Comments

The signs. “Go home. Nobody wants you in this country.” “This land is not for you.” “You don’t even speak our language!” I had to pick my jaw up off the floor. People…Americans…are actually standing by the border with these signs. Then I saw all of the Facebook posts filling up my newsfeed on my […]

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Why do I respond? To keep my sanity…

July 2, 2014 5 Comments

The hateful posts, emails, tweets…ahh yes. It’s life in the glass fish bowl. I don’t hesitate to vent about it publicly. Sometimes I post about it on Facebook…other times I blog about it. I hear, “Just ignore them,” “You’re giving them more attention by responding,” and “take the high road and turn the other cheek.” […]

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Say goodbye to…THE BOB.

June 19, 2014 5 Comments
Say goodbye to…THE BOB.

I have had the same hairstyle for 10 years. 10 years. I. AM. TIRED. OF. IT. Here’s the bob in Texas… And then we made the move to North Carolina…   Then of course…the bob decided to finally plant down roots here in Iowa… Ahh…the bob. The only constant in my life. Over the past […]

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“Get in the water!”

June 9, 2014 1 Comment

I learned how to swim in the most simple way: my parents threw me in the water.  Then, at the age of 5, our parents would drop us off at the community pool for swimming lessons. At 7am. You want to guess the temperature of the water at that time? I’m pretty sure an Igloo […]

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“YOU HAVE SKIN CANCER.” My Moment of Truth…

May 29, 2014 1 Comment

Back in my late teens and 20s…I was addicted to tanning. Addicted. I would hit the tanning beds a few times a week. I would RUN outside to my parents’ pool when I saw the sun. Forget sunscreen, I used pure baby oil when I would lay out at the pool or beach. There were […]

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“I will never drive a mini-van!” And all of the other things I would “never” do…

May 13, 2014 2 Comments

I remember when my older sister got a mini-van. I made fun of her day and night. Literally laughed in her face. It was kind of depressing too. Where was my “cool” sister? How can the same girl who would do the running man to Run DMC back in 1988 now drive a mini-van? Then […]

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Umm…Mom? I think I owe you an apology…

May 12, 2014 0 Comments

There are a few (dozens I’m sure) things I did growing up that would make my mother’s eyes bulge out of her head…steam pour from her ears…all while reaching for her trusted wooden spoon. 1) Say “whatever.” 2) “Cock” my hip at her. 3) Roll my eyes. I never understood why these seemingly meaningless actions caused […]

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“Who’s your role model? Wait…who?”

May 7, 2014 0 Comments

“Who’s your role model?” That’s the question I asked a group of junior-high students. The response? Let’s just say I heard a bunch of “reality TV stars.” I have often been told that my facial expressions say it all. So I can only imagine what my face looked like at that very moment. I remember […]

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