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

A Reflection on Words

June 23, 2020

As a writer and public relations professional, I understand the power of words. Carefully chosen words can make all the difference. They can build greater understanding and cause us to reflect on our own thoughts and behaviors. They can make us uncomfortable. They can inspire us to act.


Ready for S’more

June 14, 2020

Being married and managing a business is a bit like the quest for the perfect s’more. How do you make this mouthwatering campfire treat with the right balance of toasted marshmallow and melted chocolate between two graham crackers? Likewise, what’s the best recipe for maintaining a marriage and a business?


Reinvent and Reimagine

May 21, 2020

Our three-year-old grandson shared an important lesson with us during a recent hike. When he stopped to play in the red sand along the Georgia stream, he asked, “Where are my construction toys?” We explained we didn’t bring any. Without missing a beat, he transformed his left arm into a fully-functioning digger. This is the kind of inventiveness and imagination we grownups need.


A Different Adventure

May 8, 2020

Each year, we try to check off an adventure from our bucket list. I was scheduled to explore Portugal with my husband later this month. It was our anniversary present and an investment in another mind-opening experience. As you guessed it, the airline cancelled our trip a few weeks into the shelter-in-place order.


Off the Beaten Path

May 5, 2020

Place one foot in front of the other. If you trip, pick yourself up, brush off the dirt and repeat. That’s what hiking and life seem to have in common. A trusted trail map or a five-year plan doesn’t always show us the fallen trees or obstacles in our way. Do we slog through the mud, cross the stream or turn around and head back to the car when the trail gets rough?


What Are We Doing to Keep the Wolf from the Door?

April 29, 2020

Until lately, I didn’t worry about the majestic mammals found in wolf sanctuaries, national parks and the wild. What did it matter if these carnivorous mammals huffed and puffed to blow the house down or pretended to be Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother? These were just fairy tales. Not anymore. Nowadays, wolves are among the many wild animals wandering our deserted streets as we shelter at home.


Driven to Drink

April 23, 2020

It feels a bit like the ‘80s, but with a twist. Back then, we left our desks to meet for lunch over martinis and cocktails. Today, millions of Americans are drinking at their desks during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to multiple worker surveys. About 42% of nearly 13,000 workers were drinking while working from home, according to survey results released April 20 by Fishbowl, a career social network.


Have You Had Enough?

April 16, 2020

Chances are if you feel like screaming in this COVID-19 world so does your colleague, client, neighbor and loved one. Who can blame us? It’s hard to swallow the staggering news about novel coronavirus, unemployment, stock market drops and more. We’re worried about our health, our families, our livelihoods and our future. The last thing we need right now is another slogan that sugarcoats our situation.