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What Am I Doing in Grad School?

What Am I Doing in Grad School?

I suspect this is a question I will ask myself from time to time over the next several years. What am I doing, with my undergraduate degree over thirty years behind me, trying to learn how to be a student again? Why am I adding the stress of reading assignments, tests, and lengthy papers to […]

The Sociopath at the Top

The Sociopath at the Top

Some salacious news hit my hometown a few days ago. Our relatively new and presumably high-performing public school superintendent abruptly resigned. For a skinny minute, he cited the ubiquitous “more time with the family” explanation, which put everyone on high alert. No way that was the whole story. And, it wasn’t. As it turns out, […]

Pushing My Buttons

Pushing My Buttons

I’ve been traveling with Cross Cultural Journeys for over 15 years now. It started with a life-changing walk across the Sahara Desert, and continued on with Tibet, Mongolia, Botswana and Cuba. CCJ is owned by my friend Carole Angermeir, who has been dreaming up inspirational trips for 23 years. These trips aren’t typical tours to […]

Mother’s Day Redux

Mother’s Day Redux

I posted this piece last year as we neared Mother’s Day. I was still living in the jungles of Costa Rica, where the rainy season had arrived. One year later, I’m back in Charlotte with my cats and the sun is shining. Lots has changed, but this sentiment is still the same. To read the […]

Employee Appreciation Day

Employee Appreciation Day

I used to have employees of the two-legged variety–and many of them remain good friends to this day. Nowadays, however, I tend to hire the four-legged type. Buddy (shown left), my chief of staff, has been with me the longest. Lumpkin, the Court Jester, barged in with little warning (at least that’s Buddy’s recollection) a […]

The Easiest Valentine You’ll Ever Send

The Easiest Valentine You’ll Ever Send

It’s upon us—that annual event that sends us in panic to the store, wondering how we’ll survive it all. No, not snowmageddon—I’m talking about Valentine’s Day. For single people, it looms like an impending winter storm. We fret that we don’t have “that special someone” who will send flowers or join us in a chocolate bender. […]

White Rose Love

White Rose Love

My time at Wake Forest was transformational. In four short years, I learned how to balance a checkbook, footnote a term paper and get out of bed for a 10:00 A.M. class. My friends taught me how to dance to beach music, tap a keg and execute a dorm prank without detection. I figured out […]