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We explore a variety of topics and issues of the day. Tell us what you think.

The Pink Line

February 8, 2024

My lucky streak ended this week with a pink line on a COVID test. Now I belong to the club I painstakingly avoided since 2020. The good news is my husband has completely recovered from COVID symptoms and I’m starting to feel human again. Almost. I’m waiting to see what happens after taking my last dose of Paxlovid. Wish me luck. I have decided not to let one positive test result turn into a negative.

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The Weight of It All

January 16, 2024

A friend recently joked about my obsession with kettlebell workouts. She wanted to know if I was preparing for battle. In a way, I guess I was. My fascination with this exercise regimen took hold at the start of the pandemic in 2020 after canceling a gym membership. Almost four years later, I’m still sweating at home to online workout videos. There’s something cathartic about swinging a cast-iron cannonball. You build muscle to cope with the weight of it all.

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Under the Big Top

December 27, 2023

I never tire of the artistry, pageantry and originality of Cirque du Soleil. While this year’s Big Top was minutes from my home, it felt like worlds away. If only for a moment. Like the young girl sitting in front of me, I too opened my mouth in amazement as talented performers from around the world pushed the envelope again and again. Unfortunately, that otherworldly feeling was shattered during two outbursts by a woman in the row directly behind me.

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The Pinnacles

November 30, 2023

I almost didn’t look back when I started my climb into a cave at Pinnacles National Park. Thank goodness I did. Otherwise, I would have missed the pinnacle peeking out between the boulders on this California mountain slope. What a sight to behold! It took my breath away. Before venturing into the unknown, consider looking back. Think about how you reached the pinnacles or most successful points in your career or life. What valuable lessons did you learn? What would you do differently?

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Scary Sweet

October 31, 2023

What communications projects are haunting you? End-of-year reports? Media relations pitches? Difficult conversations with key audiences? Fundraising campaigns in a saturated market? Don’t keep pushing dreaded projects to the back burner. Remember, tackling the scariest things often can produce the sweetest results. As you prepare for trick-or-treaters tonight, imagine a few ways to take a vampire-like bite out of your toughest challenge tomorrow.

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Picking Apples

October 23, 2023

Picking apples is a lot like connecting with your audiences. Sometimes, the juiciest apples or prime targets may be on the lower limbs. At other times, they may be on the highest branches and require some major stretching. In any case, success in the apple orchard or competitive marketplace hinges on being picky and persistent and trying to avoid the rotten apples.

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Lucky Seven

September 30, 2023

There is something magical about the number seven. One of my favorites is the use of all seven tiles in a Scrabble game for a 50-point bonus. My word, “Minutest,” placed on a triple word square, generated fist bumps and hoorays during this week’s Scrabble match. As I bask in the memory of that lucky seven, I would like to share another example of how to collect extra bonus points.

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How?

September 1, 2023

I’m not shy about asking for help. A friend and I recently volunteered with a nonprofit that creates cozy living spaces for families who have recently transitioned from housing insecurity. Our volunteer assignment was to put together a metal bed frame. The instructions only included pictures, numbers and letters. Mind you, I’m a visual learner who likes to see words along with images.

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