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I tried to imagine where it had hung, once upon a time. I read the inscription over and over, and imagined it as part of a large, heavy door, facing the public square in some mid-sized city. I could see people look at it, turn their eyes away, hurry along, hoping no one they knew would ever have to go through that door. Read more →


When I found Nettie, again, after many years of silence, we took up right where we left off. Our conversations (behind the scenes) were full of the stories of life we needed to share. And therein lies the best part of today's Smart Woman Conversation with Nettie Reynolds - storytelling.  Read more →


Anastasia calls herself a "generational expert" and she doesn't do this lightly. She recognizes the need for all of us to work together. I give her oodles of credit for figuring out the #newjobnewlife hashtag (how that happened is in the video and it's interesting... so pay attention as you watch), given that so many of us are on that path.  Read more →


We are curious creatures, we human beings. Women, especially, are seekers of truth and justice - for our children, if not for ourselves. For our community, for those we love unconditionally. We long for a sense of significance. We ache for righteousness. We strive for acceptance. We desire to be noticed. But, we are too often not present for the result. Read more →


Yes, being polite is a good thing. Knowing when  to express apologies and when not to, is a learning experience. The message here is that you cannot fix the whole world, and being sorry for that is not endearing you to customers or clients or prospects. In fact, it may be harming your growing relationship. Read more →


We drove to the Outer Banks in one day. Long trip, yes. But, worth it. The three story house rented by three families, was more than adequate. Complete with an elevator (holy cow!), the house came with air conditioning, great windows with views to the street outside and small glimpses of the ocean. Of course, the trip was mainly for the children. We put in our sweat equity to give them memories that will last a lifetime. Read more →


Let's talk survivors. People who never give up. People who believe in a better tomorrow. People who don't let yesterday dictate how happy the can be today. Read more →


The moral of most novels is …more complicated because the human condition invites a long, serious discuss on morals as presented in novels. Not to mention, some understanding of the hero's journey. Novels exist to entertain. They take us out of our ordinary lives and give us glimpses into worlds we would not know, otherwise. The moral in most of them is that being human is okay. Or, being an alien based on the author's human experiences, is okay. Read more →


As a busy entrepreneur, you no doubt have had that day when you got up, showered (no, I don't shower every day, it wastes water), made your face up (no, I don't do my face every day, why would I?), and got dressed for success, in preparation for a meeting with a new client, a prospect, an old friend who has a referral for you; whatever it is or was, you did the work, put in the effort, arrived at the coffee shop and... got a text."Can't make it. Am otherwise engaged at the moment. Reschedule?" Read more →


This was home in the sense of my whole being, my soul, and my purpose in life, were there, in that lounge, in that building, with those people. We were more than friends, and beyond family. We were parts of a bigger whole. It's hard to explain.  Read more →