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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Oh my son…it’s your turn

October 22, 2014 0 Comments

My son’s teacher recently told me he was pretending to be a puppy when eating his lunch…he was licking it off the plate. When we got home, my 3-year-old took off his pants so he could show me how he “shakes his butt.”  He had his finger so far up his nose I am pretty sure there was interaction […]

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“Amanda, you look awful…”

October 20, 2014 2 Comments

Let me get right to it…on Saturday, I got an email during the Congressional debate where I was on the panel.  Allow me to share this email: “Amanda, can you ask Ron to ask Pat Murphy and Rod Blum how they plan on making sure we get to keep our social security. Will you also ask Ron […]

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My advice to my daughter…

October 15, 2014 2 Comments

This morning was disastrous.  I took my kids to get the flu shot…and let’s just say my daughter was not having it.  When we got into the car, I found myself doling out a lot of “life lessons.” I remember saying…”Giana, sometimes we have to do things in life…” I know for a fact she was […]

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“Amanda, I rolled my eyes {at you}…”

October 14, 2014 0 Comments

I read this email and exhaled.  It gave me even more strength to keep pressing forward. “Amanda, I have to admit, when I heard you were on an anti-bully campaign of sorts, I rolled my eyes… I did… because there are so many of those out there – but they just lecture the kids – […]

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