Opinion

When you kook like your passport photo, it’s time to go home

Lucky for me it was the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop and not a Dress for Success workshop I was attending. If you’re familiar with Erma Bombeck you know that as one of America’s most beloved humor columnists, she would have seen humor where someone else might have seen… well…room for improvement in me. For starters, I arrived late. Moments before it was set to close, I slid in at the conference registration table like a batter into first base. While I signed in, my assistant, who is also my husband, went to the hotel desk to register. I call him my assistant because he was there to be at my beck and call. He just didn’t know it yet.
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When you look like your passport photo, it’s time to go home

Lucky for me it was the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop and not a Dress for Success workshop I was attending. If you’re familiar with Erma Bombeck you know that as one of America’s most beloved humor columnists, she would have seen humor where someone else might have seen… well…room for improvement in me.
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Happy Travels: Travelling is still an adventure

As you know, I did some traveling recently. I do love to travel. I usually however wish to be back home right after I have arrived. I am ready to go. I think the travel part is the most fun. The destination is usually secondary.
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The importance of coachability

There’s an underestimated life skill that either makes or breaks a person’s trajectory in life. It can actually advance or end careers. It’s not something people generally think about as a helpful trait unless you are an educator, coach, parent, or boss. It is the trait of being coachable or teachable. We tend to think of sports when we contemplate it, and it is important on the court or on the field, but it also imperative for personal and professional growth. I believe it is fair to say that without this skill or characteristic, our growth can be stunted.
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If I knew then what I know now…

The other day in a conversation with friends at work, we were discussing life and how we wished we knew when we were young, what we know now. It got me to thinking how we fail to realize the importance of so many universal truths until later in life.
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On the road: Down, dirty in New Orleans

I refuse to call something I want to do” bucket list”. To me that seems to imply you have put an ending point to everything and from that point on, well it’s a done deal. I prefer a need to see or do list. One of the items on my list was a trip to New Orleans. New Orleans is a city that is constantly moving. Being on the Mississippi River at the crescent turn of the water. Trade and history are a big part of the story. The people of New Orleans want you there. They are friendly and helpful. They are fun and pleasant and grateful for tourists. The weather in late October was perfect. 70 degree with little humidity. There were a couple of mornings with showers, but the sun showed up for the afternoon. The trees were green and pretty. The flowers were beautiful. The architecture was amazing. French, Spanish and modern. There was a story and a history behind everything. I traveled with my neighbor Dana who has relocated with her husband to Texas with his employer. It was a girls’ trip. We purchased transportation passes for a trolly, bus and even ferry. They were cheap and made our excursions super easy. We stayed in the Garden District. The trolly ran right outside the front door of the place we stayed. Trolly cars are clean. safe and full of tourists and locals traveling without using their own vehicles. They run every 15 minutes. You get on, flash your pass and take a seat. Dana oversaw destinations and trolly changes. She gets an A+ for tour guide. Our first day we visited St Louis Cemetery #1. Final resting place of many prominent New Orleans families. Plus, the believed resting place of Marie Laveau. She was the proclaimed Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. Being built in hurricane territory and on the Mississippi, the cemeteries are above ground mausoleums holding many generations of the same family. Reused and reburied constantly. The history is amazing. We saw amazing history of the city. We did it at our own pace. We ate great food. My only negative take awa
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Taking care of people on the ground…

Guest Columnist I’ve recently introduced the television series, “West Wing” to my mom. I’ve watched it before, and I am inspired by the zeal, drive and ideals of some of the characters concerning our country, democracy and politics. We’ve been watching it while I work on the newspaper late at night. I knew she would like it as she has always been interested in the world and politics. She’s always subscribed to various newspapers throughout her life and keeps up with news. There are seven seasons in the series, and we were watching an episode titled, “West Wing Special Episode” in Season 3 the other night. This particular episode highlights some former people that have worked within the White House as they discussed their former positions. They all had very demanding jobs that took over their personal lives, and yet they all said they loved it.
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The Great Candy Exchange

It was a long time ago, but I still remember the first time I took my son trick-or-treating. I stood beside him as he carefully chose treats from the heaping bowls held by our neighbors. I had to bite my tongue to keep from whispering, “No! Not that one! I don’t like SweeTARTS! I mean, you don’t like Swee-TARTS.” Then in between stops, I coached him, “Remember; when given a choice, always choose chocolate. Now go get ‘em Batman!”
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