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

What Do You Expect?

March 2, 2021

What do you picture when someone tells you to visit Dry Falls? For me, the name implies a waterfall that won’t get you wet. Last weekend, that was partially true. With all the recent rain, this 75-foot-tall waterfall near Highlands, N.C. gushed and sprayed us more than usual as we walked behind it. While it was a truly spectacular, awe-inspiring sight, Dry Falls didn’t quite live up to its name that day.


Cherish the Moments

February 15, 2021

It seems like only yesterday when I cradled our newborn grandson in my arms. Flash-forward and our pure bundle of joy is four going on 31. He lights up the room and our life. I revel in his innocence, sense of discovery and unbridled glee. This proud grandmother won’t share his photo today because our family wants to shield him from the glare of social media. We prefer to wait until he’s mature enough to decide how to navigate an unfiltered world.


Talk About Perspective

January 31, 2021

Listening to someone else’s story can give you a fresh perspective. Case in point. When I recently spoke with an AT&T representative about my account, I first asked her how she was doing during this pandemic. She paused to thank me for my question and told me she was one of the lucky ones; only one member of her family died from COVID-19. Many of her colleagues were not so fortunate.


A Horrified American

January 9, 2021

The January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob shook my world. I was born in the nation’s capital, and proudly stood on the Capitol steps as an awkward pre-adolescent.


What’s Your Iceberg?

December 20, 2020

Lately, I’ve been seeing more iceberg infographics. You know what I’m talking about. Visuals that depict the visible and invisible. The known and unknown. The concept that we only scratch the “tip of the iceberg” when we focus on what we see and not the 90 percent below the surface or water line.


Trust Your Gut

December 6, 2020

What happens when your inner voice disagrees with the data? Do you follow the GPS app that shows the trail continues precipitously, along jagged rocks by the rushing water? My husband, the fearless explorer, wanted to do just that. I reviewed the situation and yelled an expletive that I didn’t care what the GPS showed, I wasn’t going that way.


Close the Loop

November 19, 2020

How many times have you been “ghosted” in the past month? Once, twice or more? I’m not talking about the world of dating, telemarketing or apparitions. Rather, I’m referring to those business situations when someone you know doesn’t answer your emails or calls. At times, it feels like “ghosting” has become the norm and not the exception.


What’s Your Story?

November 4, 2020

The other day I found a brown suede shoe on a log.

I wondered about the owner of this well-worn, women’s shoe that was carefully balanced on the remains of a majestic tree. Why did she wear heels on a hike? Did she limp back to her car with only one shoe? Or, did she lose the shoe after changing into hiking boots halfway along the trail? Who placed that shoe on the log, hoping the owner would return to claim it?