It may be BOLD…but it’s the TRUTH

November 18, 2015 0 Comments

I often wonder how many talks I will have with my daughters about mean girls. I’m actually stunned by the amount I have already had with Giana and she’s only 7. We had another today. I won’t go into the details…but I will say it’s the same girl. Again. I shared with a friend of […]

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You have to do MORE than a PINK-out

November 9, 2015 0 Comments

In the month of October, NFL teams were covered in pink. Pink cleats…pink sweatbands…pink ribbons sewn on their uniforms. Players took part in special PSAs. Women who beat breast cancer and those who are fighting the disease were honored during halftime of games.  The NFL wanted to make sure every woman took the time to get […]

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Yes, I was the mom who cried…

November 3, 2015 0 Comments

I cried at a cheer competition. I didn’t get teary-eyed. I cried full-on tears. It was Giana’s first competition of the season. Before we left the house that morning, she said, “Mom, I am really nervous to do my back handsprings. I don’t think I can do them by myself. Sydney [her coach] told me that […]

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October 28, 2015 0 Comments

“A bench is not going to stop bullying.” “A Buddy bench is a stupid idea and a waste of time.” I read a few dozen posts with those sentiments after I posted a video about Buddy Benches. Look I get it. A bench won’t stop bullying…because let’s be honest…bullying never really ends.  The girl at […]

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What is wrong??

October 22, 2015 0 Comments

I will never forget the day in May…2011. We were in Pennsylvania. Nico was about a month old…we had just had him baptized in my childhood church by my absolute favorite Deacon. That same weekend we threw my parents a surprise 40th anniversary party. I was surrounded by family and close friends. Sunday morning, we […]

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This is Iowa

October 15, 2015 0 Comments

“I didn’t have anyone to play with.” “Nobody wanted to play with me.” “They say I couldn’t play kickball with them.” “Nobody talks to me.” “I don’t have any friends.” “I hate recess.” I am in schools all of the time talking about bullying…and I have heard all of these things.  I remember thinking, “How […]

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Encourage, don’t push

October 14, 2015 0 Comments

You know when you’re standing in line somewhere and you overhear a conversation? You’re not eavesdropping…not trying to listen…but you just can’t help but hear what they are saying? Yep. That was me today. I heard a woman talking to her son about his performance on the soccer field. She was telling him he needs […]

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Write your own story…

October 5, 2015 0 Comments

I’ve been told: I talk too much. My nose is too big. I’m not very pretty. I’m fat. My voice is annoying. I look like a rat with long hair. I look like a floozie when I wear red lipstick. Too dumb to be a journalist. Not a good anchor. You’re not good enough People […]

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Is this the new normal?

October 1, 2015 0 Comments

Another school shooting. As I write this, 13 people are dead. 13 people. I look up to the monitors in our newsroom and the networks have not cut into regular programming. We flip over to the cable news networks…they are talking about it…but it’s not wall-to-wall coverage. We all looked at each other in the […]

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No cool car…next, mom jeans??

September 29, 2015 0 Comments

There I was…doing the stand/rock/bounce move with the baby.  All parents know this move.  You cradle your child and sway from side to side all while bouncing and rocking and probably singing some old school song. That was me this morning. My song of choice? “Doing’ the butt.” “When you get that notion, put your […]

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