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As we enter into the season of giving, this blog seems most fitting.   My mother passed away unexpectedly 31 years ago. I was in college at the time and remember returning home for the funeral only to discover a partially packed box mom had been preparing to mail me for Halloween. The box contained […]

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Why You Need a Caddy

My husband surprised me with an unusual gift for our 30th anniversary, a caddy. It was not just a caddy, but a round of golf with a caddy as part of a very romantic getaway. But it was the caddy that threw me for a loop. As we were walking up to the bag drop […]

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Buen Camino

Peeling back the onion on a once-in-a-lifetime experience is complicated. My husband and I returned from Spain two weeks ago and a common question is, “So, how was it?” My answer was never what I wanted, but what can you expect from a hallway conversation or brief encounter when you don’t know if they really […]

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As winter lingers and snow showcases a white crystalline landscape all around me, I become mindful of waiting. Some of my midwest friends are sick of winter and others are taking a midnight walk to enjoy the snowy magnificence that has enveloped us. Some are counting the days until spring and others refuse to wait […]

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Jeffery’s Signature

I hadn’t really thought about it until I happened upon a homeless San Francisco man last week. A signature is an artistic statement of personal identification. It was a Wednesday afternoon and I had stepped outside to enjoy the January “winter” air in San Francisco, reveling in the 60 degree break from Chicago’s polar vortex. […]

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4 Stages of Pink

While developing a new program, “Beyond Pink,” I came to a personal realization.   Like Elisabeth Kübler-Ross‘ five stages of grief, I’ve moved through four distinct emotional stages of pink.   Kuber-Ross outlined a series of emotional stages for death and dying: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.  While researching the history of pink for a presentation at […]

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