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The Next Generation – Saving the World (Literally!)

The Next Generation – Saving the World (Literally!)

Today was such a fabulous day for the Bloomfield – Patterson crew as we attended the graduation ceremony for Kelsey, our youngest, from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies where she received her Master’s degree in International Relations, International Economics and a speciality in National Security and a concentration in the Middle East…whew!  Just thinking about all of that and what it entails makes me a little bit stressed. This degree was the culmination of two long years…

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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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More Than One Day A Year

More Than One Day A Year

One minute she was a young, ex-Olympian escapee from East Germany, and the next she is dancing with a young American ROTC officer from MIT and the conclusion is that she left her own mother and family and came to this country, without much English in her repertoire and was soon a mother…mine. I can’t imagine what a huge leap each of those moves were for my mother but she was a brave young woman to make them.  My folks…

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A World Without Home Internet Access

A World Without Home Internet Access

As much as we ponder, collaborate and work with policymakers on what daily life is like for those without internet access, I am admittedly spoiled by my own in Arlington, Va.  Until…. last week.  A power outage in my neighborhood wreaked havoc on my home fiber connection and I have been without a dial tone, television and far most importantly, home Wi-Fi access since Thursday.  The first day, I felt like the classic urbanite “roughing it”…like being on a camping…

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A Big Celebration!

A Big Celebration!

This weekend saw my mother celebrate her 80th birthday in Norton Shores, Mich.  For those who know me, this celebration is pretty momentous given all of the serious health issues my mother has endured the past several years and the number of calls from the hospital that have sounded dire and necessitated a quick flight to check in . But like a cat with nine lives, my mother has been able to spring back each time. Don and I flew…

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Burning Up the Miles!

Burning Up the Miles!

As spring kicks in (hopefully!!), so will my travel schedule.  It’s the nature of the rhythm of our industry and the number of key industry events and meetings that will be taking place across the country in a blur over the next seven months or so.  In the spirit of getting off to the right foot, I figured that it was also an excellent time to “cash in” some of my miles and bop somewhere with Don for a few…

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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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