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No Time for Breast Cancer

Disease has no sense of timing. Such is the story of Mary Beth Pierce of Chicago. Diagnosed at the age of 65 in 2007, this busy mother of six and then grandmother of one, first noticed a painful left underarm, but was told by her doctor it was of no concern. Later in the spring […]

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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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