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One of the Real Good Guys

One of the Real Good Guys

It’s easy to be cynical about Washington and that cynicism goes back to the start of our union. However, the addition of a 24-hour news cycle along with the rapid rise of social media has made it harder and harder to avoid the partisan squabbles and chants of “drain the swamp.” (I’ve always wondered if trade associations are considered part of the swamp but since I represent the “good guys,” I’ve tried not to think about this too hard!) But…

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A Holiday Weekend for Many

A Holiday Weekend for Many

Every once in a while, calendars align and Passover and Easter fall over similar timeframes.  This certainly makes sense given the historical tie between the two holidays.  That certainly makes our family life sweet as well as complicated with both our Jewish and Christian heritage melding as Don and I have managed for well for 30 years now. We also continue to be lucky having Kelsey residing in the DC area and so she has no excuse but to come…

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A Tribute to Ray Baum – One of a Kind

A Tribute to Ray Baum – One of a Kind

Last week, Chairman Greg Walden, head of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee announced the passing of long time friend and aide, Ray Baum.  Ray had long been a fixture in the communications policy arena from his days as Chairman of the Oregon PUC to his latest role as Chief of Staff for the committee and was well known in Washington policy circles but more importantly, known by those he crossed paths with for being a thoughtful…

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Too Late For My Olympic Career?

Too Late For My Olympic Career?

Many of us have our childhood dreams.  My husband Don was going to play second base for the New York Yankees, my brother had dreams of making it big in a rock and roll band (and now a successful psychologist, still plays Chicago clubs frequently with whatever group of guys he can pull together) and I had two dreams – either being the first Jewish/female President (hmmmm, I guess I could still be a first in either of those two…

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The Important Things In Life

The Important Things In Life

It’s so easy with work, life obligations, stuff to do, home errands and tax preparation etc to find yourself too busy to do the important things in life…like visiting family.  So Kelsey and I carved out a few days last weekend to make our way to Destin, Florida – where my folks spend a few months every winter to get out of the Michigan cold.  With never-ending physical challenges that come with aging, as well as the COPD my mother…

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TGIF!

TGIF!

Have you ever just had one of those days?  Or maybe one of those weeks? As I scurried around this morning, more focused on the day ahead than anything else, I noticed that I was “clomping” through the NTCA garage.  Clomping? One shoe making a thunking noise and the other oddly silent.  When I lifted my shoe to see if I had stepped in something to make one silent or maybe knocked off part of a heel to make one…

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Words of Wisdom to Remember

Words of Wisdom to Remember

On the day where we honor the legacy of Reverend  Martin Luther King, it is hard to avoid all of the partisan fighting, world strife and general unsettledness among people. It is also most disturbing to see the personal threats that Chairman Pai has been subjected to in recent months.  We have seem to have lost the path to civil discourse.  Regardless of political affiliation, I watch with great sadness the political institutions that have been built in our nation’s capital since…

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A Great Way To Ring In The New Year!

A Great Way To Ring In The New Year!

It feels like all of us are on a faster and faster hamster wheel these days and it’s hard to feel like you can take a few days off without falling behind.  However, I am a big fan of everyone taking the time and making the effort to recharge their batteries and have never approved of the management motto that rewards folks for not taking their annual leave.  Who wants to work day in and day out with a tired,…

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A 21st Century Holiday

A 21st Century Holiday

Mistletoe and holly, eggnog and frosted cookies, Chanukah candles and the glowing Christmas tree are all symbols of the holiday season in our home. But the use of technology during the holidays has really been a new twist. Not necessarily the shopping part, I was an early adopter of online shopping (what is not to love?!) and found that I could have built a fort with my amazon prime boxes this year. (Thankfully, Arlington has a robust recycling program so…

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The Joys Of Living In An On Demand World

The Joys Of Living In An On Demand World

Do I like having the ability to refill my vitamins and groceries at the touch of my computer?  You bet I do!  I am the prime example of someone who relishes the sheer luxury of being able to finish my Peapod or Instacart order of groceries on my IPad while heading to a meeting in a cab and wait for the delivery of items I have been too lazy to pick up at the store during the work week  (milk,…

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