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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“I hate drama.” Sure you do.

October 13, 2014 0 Comments

“I hate drama.” If that ever comes out of someone’s mouth – I can guarantee you 100% that they not only LOVE drama, but they are right in the middle of the storm. Because after all…has anyone ever said “Ooohh I LOVE drama!” Only those who love to stir the pot. Recently, I was having […]

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“Amanda, STOP BRINGING UP BULLYING.”

October 9, 2014 2 Comments

“Amanda, stop bringing up bullying.  Every time you post about it on Facebook all your doing is throwing a match on gasoline. Your part of the problem. Enough already!!!!!!!!!!!” I got up from my desk.  Paced for a minute. Took a few deep breaths. Then I sat back down to respond… “Thank you for your […]

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“JUST IGNORE THEM” doesn’t work…

October 8, 2014 1 Comment

“They call me the worst names I have ever heard. My mom told me to ignore them but I don’t think it’s working.” That was in an email I got from a young girl tonight.  She is 12 and doesn’t want to go to school anymore because she is being bullied…bullied badly.  I wrote back […]

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“It’s Blarney, not baloney.”

September 30, 2014 0 Comments
“It’s Blarney, not baloney.”

“There is a world of difference between ‘Blarney’ and ‘baloney.’  Blarney is the varnished truth. Baloney is the unvarnished lie.  Blarney is flattery laid on just thin enough to like it.  Baloney is flattery laid on so thick we hate it.  I firmly believe that if the world had a little more Blarney and a […]

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Simpler. Happier.

September 28, 2014 2 Comments

The Sunday before we left for Ireland, I went to Mass at my church in Cedar Falls.  The homily instantly grabbed my attention.  The priest was talking about envy and jealousy…about keeping up with the “Joneses.”  He talked about how if our neighbor gets a new 65-inch TV, we feel the need to buy a […]

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