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independence day

Patriotism abounds this week, and with it, a renewal of the American spirit. Amidst waves of red, white, and blue, my immense gratitude swells for this country we call home. I’m overwhelmed by the fortune of our land and the men and women who have made our freedom possible. While [...]
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dear mothers and daughters

Let me introduce you to my childhood sassy-side. I first (notice, I said “first”) told my mom to “shut up!” when I was just beginning my teen years. I had invited dozens of classmates to our home to practice a school performance. As rehearsal was underway, goofing off got in [...]
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21 by 21

Recently HuffPost featured a piece that Glamour Magazine published years ago declaring thirty things every thirty-year-old needs to know. They also published a compelling list for an older audience of women who are fifty and fabulous. Reading the wisdom of these pieces inspired me to compile my own list of [...]
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dating my smartphone

Following Nelson Mandela’s passing, I’ve been remembering my own time in South Africa years ago. It was the summer of 2008, and I spent two weeks falling in love with that part of the world. To this day, I’m convinced I left half my heart there. Partnering with a local [...]
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