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Warrior Women

Warrior Women

I tend to be proud of myself when I make my way to the gym three times a week and spend 30 minutes on the cross trainer, lift a few weights and stretch.  Mission accomplished.  When my girls decided, 11 months ago, to run the Chicago Marathon together, I had a great deal of mixed emotions about the entire adventure.  While I love anything that has my two girls doing anything together, it was hard not to recall history and…

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Find The Time To Catch Your Breath

Find The Time To Catch Your Breath

With all of the challenges of working on behalf of the rural telecom industry these days, running a trade association with all that is associated there,  as well as being in Washington DC in general, it’s nice to be able to unwind with those you work with…and the NTCA team certainly took advantage of that at our Rural is Cool reception at the Fall Conference in Philly.  I was kind of sorry to discover the photo booth, complete with props,…

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The Land of Milk and Honey

The Land of Milk and Honey

  Don and I, along with Kelsey our youngest daughter just returned from a spectacular week in Israel.  A powerful experience regardless of one’s religion, beliefs or heritage.  I feel like I have been waiting most of my life to make this trip but once Kelsey went last December as part of a Birthright trip, I realized that I had been waiting for the perfect time  – when things in the Middle East were perfectly calm and peaceful – but…

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Where Has All The Ice Cream Gone?

Where Has All The Ice Cream Gone?

As Labor Day is upon us, it’s important to find a few more ways to kick back, take deep breaths and enjoy the last few days of summer.  One more dip in the local community pool, a few more evenings of trying to catch fireflies and the ability to grill out without putting on a sweater.   Find your favorite ice cream flavor at Baskin Robbins with a big sugar cone or in the case of Cassie, maybe one more Frosty…

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Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July

Here we are on the 4th with sparklers lite and flash powder booming in our alley and we are well on our way to celebrating our nation’s independence. While the actual declaration documents were signed on July 2nd, 1776, the form of communications in that century were more focused on public forums and the first public rally’s were the best means of sharing news of the day and that meant that the 4th was the day of celebration and announcements…

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Taking the Time to Celebrate Dads

Taking the Time to Celebrate Dads

Everyone, including Cassie the wonder pup but excluding Leah living in Chicago, gathered to celebrate Don on Father’s Day today.  While I could be blogging on the statistics surround robocalling and call completion in rural markets, that will just have to wait for another day as we celebrate Dads everywhere for the work they do raising their families.  Sometimes, it’s easy to let the news of the day carry us away but it really is important to remember what grounds…

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Midwestern Nice

Midwestern Nice

My daughter Kelsey finished her first year of graduate school finals – nuclear weapon strategy and a lot of Milk Duds and Tootsie pops (and coffee) fueling her end to this busy spring semester. Given her break of a few days before she heads off to intern at an entity that coordinates complex military operations (casual, right?), she decided to come with me on a trip I had to the Wisconsin Telecom Association that ended up becoming more of a…

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Finally….

Finally….

It may have taken nearly two years, but I finally made my way to New York City to see the Broadway sensation, Hamilton. I finally hit the point where I realized that the ticket prices weren’t really going to drop that much further and it was simply time. That coupled with a Mother’s Day adventure to join Leah and Don in NYC where they are spending the weekend waiting to watch the Yankees play with a Derek Jeter (my daughter’s…

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Wouldn’t It Be Nice To Age Like A Fine Wine?

Wouldn’t It Be Nice To Age Like A Fine Wine?

Another spring, another birthday. Each one makes me realize how much I have to celebrate so I don’t even whine about the passing year or the higher level number I need to hit on the gym cross trainer when I enter in my vital stats before a workout. Speaking of whining/wining….Leah, my oldest, had given me for the holidays a my birthday a trip to Napa Valley, California for some wonderful mother-daughter time and maybe a tour of a few…

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Can It Be True, NU?

Can It Be True, NU?

Northwestern University is known for many things…being the only private school in the Big 10, having a beautiful campus on Lake Michigan, a student body that is diverse and yet best known for those who made their way into the entertainment, science innovation or journalism arena. Sports? Not so much. Which is why it was such a treat to have the Big 10 basketball championship played out here in Washington DC and for me to be able to see my…

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