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Blessing Others with Consideration and Respect

My husband and I are blessed with a wonderful family and more friends than we can count. When it comes to economic status, those family members and friends span the full spectrum, from barely getting by to serious wealth and everything in between. Recently I read a couple of blogs on Money Saving Mom that were rich [...]

By | 2017-03-25T14:11:03+00:00 December 22nd, 2014|0 Comments

Low Voter Turnout Doesn’t Bother Me

From the time I was old enough, I've never missed an opportunity to vote. There was one time I forgot to turn the ballot over and missed voting for a candidate I was supporting, but I never made that mistake again and I've always made it to the polls. Voting is important—especially in our republican [...]

By | 2017-03-25T14:56:55+00:00 September 6th, 2014|0 Comments

Why I Won’t Accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

We can’t contribute to every good cause. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has become a social media sensation. Everyone who has responded deserves kudos for helping to raise awareness and funds for this disease. But! Always a “but,” right? We can’t contribute to every good cause that comes along, and we shouldn’t feel shamed when [...]

By | 2017-03-25T15:02:06+00:00 August 21st, 2014|0 Comments

We Must Be Able to Decline Business for Personal Reasons

I have a policy that I don’t work with people I don’t like or am not comfortable with for any reason. Those people are absolutely welcome to purchase any of my books, and I appreciate that business. But I will not work with them as a writer or consultant helping them create their own books [...]

By | 2017-03-25T14:47:39+00:00 May 14th, 2014|0 Comments

Gene Rooks: Reflections on a Well-Lived Life

Children take the adults in their world for granted. Often, it’s not until we are well into our own adulthood that we recognize the impact that the grown-ups who seemed to be “just there” had on who we became. My Aunt Gene (yes, her name was spelled the “boy’s” way) was one of those people [...]

By | 2017-03-25T15:14:17+00:00 April 1st, 2014|0 Comments

Operation Liberation: Volunteering to be a Victim

When I volunteered to be a victim at a mass casualty emergency exercise, I didn’t know I would end up with my neck cut and would “die” at the hospital. But I had a lot of fun, and maybe the emergency responders learned something that will help them save someone else’s life. Before things [...]

By | 2017-03-25T15:42:34+00:00 March 13th, 2014|0 Comments

On the Issue of Integrity: Obeying the Law Isn’t Always Enough

The recent political scandal of Hillary Clinton’s emails while she was secretary of state raises the question: Is it enough to obey the law? I don’t think so. Laws and other government regulations are in place to protect us from the actions of others. They are not there to assure that we live ethical, moral lives. [...]

By | 2017-03-25T15:27:28+00:00 March 13th, 2014|0 Comments