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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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A Tribute To Those Who Serve

A Tribute To Those Who Serve

It’s important to take a minute out of our busy lives and remember those who gave theirs, or put theirs on hold, to ensure that we can continue to enjoy the liberties and freedoms that we have come to take for granted.  I am always appreciative of those who have served. I am now reading the newest Chernow biography, Grant, about our 18th President of the United States.  One of our most underestimated and little known two term Presidents, Grant…

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Trick or Treat!

Trick or Treat!

There is something special about the buzz in the air on Halloween….or maybe it’s just from consuming so much chocolate?  Either way, I love that our team in Asheville today used the holiday as an excuse to wear costumes and have a chili cookoff and how our team in Arlington did a pumpkin carving contest to benefit a local charity that helps homeless teens.  Both really bringing out the creative juices for our creative staff. I greatly appreciated the ambition from…

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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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