Why? THIS is why…

December 17, 2014 0 Comments

By now it’s no secret that I will post or blog when I get a “nastygram.” I get some heat for doing that.  There are people who think that I am whining…trying to get attention…or fishing for compliments.  And I understand why it could be perceived that way…but that is not the case at all. […]

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She kissed a boy?!

December 10, 2014 0 Comments

We all know that I receive a “variety” of emails. But the one I got today. Well…I knew it was going to happen. And it knocked the wind right out of me.  It was from my daughter’s 1st grade teacher and it read: “There’s a chance Giana may have kissed a boy today…on the lips.” […]

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Where is the accountability?!??

December 9, 2014 0 Comments

I was recently asked, “When is it going to end? When is bullying going to end?” I got an instant knot in my stomach when I responded, “It won’t end.” You know why? Because there are too many people who refuse to admit that this is a problem.  There are too many people going through […]

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“You’re ( —— ).”

December 4, 2014 0 Comments

I called my house on my way home for dinner last night and my son immediately wanted to talk to me.  He was bawling…so much so he could barely talk.  You know how parents can decipher the cry? This one was a very sad…very hurt cry. I asked him, “Nico, what’s wrong?” He said, “Giana […]

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An apology…

November 25, 2014 0 Comments

“Dear Amanda, I owe you an apology regarding my comments on your blog regarding your hair and necklaces.  I apologize for my unkind remarks – ugly is such an ugly, terrible word! Sorry to have caused you any distress. I am sorry I don’t know what I was thinking. Please forgive me.  I just got […]

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America.

November 21, 2014 0 Comments
America.

I was in Cedar Rapids today to attend a naturalization ceremony.  Ironically, it’s the day after President Obama’s announcement that he is giving amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.  I sat in the halls, waiting for the courtroom doors to open.  I saw people from all over the world…waiting…waiting to become citizens.  They were beaming […]

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7:10am

November 18, 2014 0 Comments

7:10am. At that very moment when my alarm goes off, it’s like someone shoots off a gun to start a race. A sprint.  A 100-meter dash. The problem is, I can’t see very well and I’m not that “alert.” So my descent from my bed is a tragic one…I trip over my high heels that […]

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You want to what? Cheer???

November 12, 2014 0 Comments
You want to what? Cheer???

“Mommy, I want to be a cheerleader.” Blank stare. “Mommy, did you hear me? I said I want to be a cheerleader, ok?” Blank stare. I immediately caught myself saying, “Do you still want to play soccer?” “Nope, I’m done with soccer.” She said it so emphatically like she has been on the U.S. Women’s […]

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Another anonymous letter…

November 10, 2014 2 Comments
Another anonymous letter…

This little gem was waiting for me in my mailbox at work.  Shocker — there was no return address on the envelope.  Shocker — the author didn’t sign his or her name.  It’s funny how the timing all works out.  I spent my morning at two separate schools talking about bullying and “mean girl” behavior.  […]

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Letting everyone in: DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD

October 28, 2014 0 Comments

I never wanted to be the robotic, anchorwoman.  The one who has the perma-smile on her face…the one who sticks to the scripts and never engages with her colleagues on the set…the one who only posts news stories on social media…the one who is not willing to interact with viewers. Ick.  I have watched those […]

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