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

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.



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.


The Steeper the Climb

August 14, 2023

There’s something satisfying about reaching the top. Whether it’s scrambling to a scenic overlook or a new pinnacle in your life, the steeper the climb, the sweeter the victory. A feeling of exuberance that the struggle was worth the effort. I for one must admit that when you’re in the thick of things, it can be unbelievably hard to picture yourself on top. That’s why having a plan and sweating the details makes all the difference in maintaining momentum and one’s sanity.


Pining for the Past?

August 4, 2023

Every generation goes through ups and downs. But does that mean we should pine for the past? I can’t tell you how many “remember when” memes I run across. Some encourage us to reminisce about the good old days, mainly to phish for our passwords. Others make us feel rather nostalgic. Reliving the past can be like the pine cone. Sometimes it’s beautiful and aromatic. Other times it’s sharp and prickly. The same can apply to the practice of public relations.


Bend It

July 11, 2023

Nature has a way of showing us the way. Just look down at the spot where the Colorado River curves into a U-shape below towering red cliffs. Aptly named Horseshoe Bend, this picturesque location near Page, AZ demonstrates the sheer force of Mother Nature. My husband and I recently experienced this natural wonder with a tour guide on Navajo land. As we oohed and aahed at the spectacular sunset, I got to thinking about the forces that cause us to change our own trajectories.


Building Your Brand

June 22, 2023

Public relations is a lot like creating sand castles. How many times have you carefully crafted a sand castle only to see your masterpiece stomped on or washed away by the tide? All of us have seen firsthand how external elements can derail even the most diligent efforts. Do we throw in the towel or set aside our shovels? Some of us do, but most choose to try again to build something better.


Looking Out

June 9, 2023

Why would someone with a fear of heights choose to stand on a cliff? For one thing, looking outward can be just as important as looking inward. In my opinion, both perspectives are necessary for the care and feeding of one’s creative juices and physical and mental health. Besides, experiencing a breathtaking view is a reward in itself.


How Do You Carry On?

May 17, 2023

I have always believed in karma; what goes around comes around. In my humble opinion, life shouldn’t be one competition after another. There are ample opportunities for each of us to shine and share the spotlight. Somewhat like the vulture, a bird of prey that scavenges for the remains of dead animals. Have you noticed how these garbage disposals of the animal kingdom flock together to split the spoils? Why can’t we do the same?