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The Need For Speed

The Need For Speed

DC had another one of our classic snowstorms yesterday.  The predictions were higher than the reality, pretty typical for this region, but the mess of snow, sleet and freezing rain was certainly enough to keep people off the roads and schools and offices closed for the day. Remember when a snow day meant that you dug the sled or saucer out of the garage and took the kids to find a hill with enough vertical for sledding?  Or when you…

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This One is Personal…

This One is Personal…

Sometimes a platform can be a catharsis, so I am hoping you will indulge me in taking the liberty to share something very personal which is the obituary I wrote for my mother who passed away last week at the age of 80. While her health was never her strength, her decline unfortunately came quickly. I have a whole new respect for hospice staff who communicated frequently enough with me to ensure I made it off a plane from a statewide and onto…

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Starting the New Year with a Full Tank

Starting the New Year with a Full Tank

2018 felt crazy-busy. Maybe everything in our lives is accelerated thanks to the zero downtime lifestyle many of us have adopted with 24/7 access to information as well as one another. In the spirit of starting the new year on the right note, Don and I went to a farmhouse inn in Virginia near lovely Afton Mountain for a few days. It was actually a retreat that I signed us up for months ago as one of Don’s birthday presents…

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Our Electronic Reality Requires Broadband

Our Electronic Reality Requires Broadband

I recently had the opportunity to reconnect with an NPR reporter who has really developed a strong interest in rural broadband deployment and the challenges and opportunities associated with ensuring that more Americans achieve connectivity. When she and I were catching up we talked about network and home capacity also being an issue that needs to be taken into consideration when we talk about what is “good enough” for rural Americans. As I noted in the discussion, the need for…

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Holidays are about Families…

Holidays are about Families…

It feels a bit like we have hurtled into this holiday season.  Getting caught up in the search for the perfect presents, for stocking stuffers and for ways to celebrate the holiday season has occupied the past few weeks.  And then there is the arrival of the family – via plane and  other mechanisms of bringing families under one roof. And then it happens – everyone is together, my idea of nirvana. Our family is a mix of cultures and…

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So Much to be Grateful For

So Much to be Grateful For

Thanksgiving platters are cleaned and put away and leftovers have all been placed into plastic storage containers that Kelsey carted off this morning when she left for work at the crack of dawn. Leah caught a noon flight back to Chicago so she could save on another night of doggy boarding fees and Don and I simply had time to reflect on how lucky we truly are. On Thanksgiving I typically make every family member go around the dinner table…

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First They Came…

First They Came…

Other than my dog Cassie the wonder pup or my children, I am usually pretty tempered about what I choose to share personally. Although, take me out for a glass of wine and I might just overshare…. But this past week has been a powerful reminder for me that regardless of how far I think we have come as a nation, we still have work to do in embracing all the cultures and diversity that make our rich tapestry and…

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America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful

Katharine Lee Bates, born in 1859, was an American writer, poet and professor at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Her claim to fame was not so much what she taught in the classroom, but what she was able to achieve far from a blackboard. In her many travels, Bates spent a summer in 1893 teaching a course at Colorado College in Colorado Springs when she and a group of other teachers decided to go on a trip to the top of…

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I Call Uncle…

I Call Uncle…

NTCA’s headquarter offices are in Arlington, Va., a thriving DC suburb. We’ve been in this location for a number of years and it has been a good fit for us – relatively reasonable rent, access to a mall across the street, close to a metro stop and with enough parking for us to fulfill our commitment to our team to do our best to keep commutes as reasonable (tough though when it comes to commuting in DC – between metro…

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I Can Think of Worse Things….

I Can Think of Worse Things….

With each generation, it’s impossible not to ponder the traits and values passed down from our parents (love my dad around the world but I’m delighted I got his loud laugh instead of his big ears!) and then to explore which traits we have passed along to our children (with hopes that they are the ones we like ourselves instead of sharing those traits that are more annoying…and I have a few!). Well, in our family, we certainly share a…

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