2004, 2014

Knowing When to Quit

April 20th, 2014|Categories: Personal|

I am not running the Boston marathon.
After last year’s bombing I was determined to run; the terrorists were NOT going to blow up our dreams too.
I started training; by December I was up to 14.5 miles.
I applied to run for the Girl Scouts, but there was only one spot for every ten applicants.
I’ll run the […]

902, 2014

Noah’s Ark: When Is It Too Late?

February 9th, 2014|Categories: Personal|

I’m teaching a lesson in Sunday School this morning about Noah’s Ark,  a story many of us have heard since we were children — people were wicked, the earth would flood, God told Noah to build an ark, only Noah’s family and the animals listened, everyone else drowned.

My unfiltered response even now is “This is […]

501, 2014

Resolve to Do What Is Hard

January 5th, 2014|Categories: Personal|

After discussing our triumphs of 2013 at dinner today, we then discussed what we hope to achieve in 2014.

My son wants to finish up his Eagle project — get those last two merit badges and become an Eagle Scout.  My daughter wants to write the first draft of a book, my husband too. I pulled […]

1712, 2013

Belmont’s 50th Annual Wreath Making Party

December 17th, 2013|Categories: Personal|

Belmont’s 50th Annual Wreath Making party, chaired by Jane Johnson was quite wonderful.  It was a dream of mine to have this be a lovely party for our entire community.  Thanks to a huge host of women in our community who volunteered for set up, decorations, invitations, welcoming, treasurer-ing, program, music, food, clean […]

1112, 2013

Ladies’ Home Journal: (One of) My Holiday Gifts to You

December 11th, 2013|Categories: Personal|

I am thrilled to present you with a 1-year print subscription to Ladies’ Home Journal!
We all need a cozy place to dream, to become who we are — and almost always that includes our home.
May you accept this thank you gift from me to you (or a loved one!) during this holiday season.

112, 2013

My first child and forgiveness

December 1st, 2013|Categories: Personal|

I made a BIG mistake last week.

Just days away from Belmont’s 50th Annual Wreath Making Party, I realized that the 16″ wire frames for the wreaths hadn’t been ordered.  As Vice Chair, it was my job to delegate this. I hadn’t.

When I called the supplier we typically use, she had 200+ frames on hand, but […]

611, 2013

Conversational Intelligence by Judith E. Glaser

November 6th, 2013|Categories: Personal|


I just finished reading Conversational Intelligence by Judith E. Glaser, a booster shot-of-a-book for your social IQ, and one that draws extensively on neuroscience, to help raise the collective intelligence of our teams.  It also provides a how-to on helping others embrace our innovative ideas and audacious dreams.

Here’s what Angela Ahrendts, former CEO of Burberry, […]

2910, 2013

Hot Mommas Project: It Appears I Have a Hot Brain

October 29th, 2013|Categories: Personal|

In March, Paul McConaughy, encouraged me to submit my story to The Hot Mommas Case Study competition.  Founded by Kathy Korman-Frey, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the George Washington School of Business, the Hot Mommas project is the world’s largest women’s case study library, providing free online access to stories of diverse female role models and mentors.

The judges […]

610, 2013

Being Good and Doing Good

October 6th, 2013|Categories: Personal|

Being good is on my bucket list: I want to be an individual of character and moral rectitude.

But I haven’t thought much about ‘social good’, whether clean air, clean water, etc.  In part, because it often seems the loudest agents of change smirk at being the subject of change.  I’ve also wondered if our emphasis […]

2808, 2013

What did you do (or not) this summer?

August 28th, 2013|Categories: Personal|

Earlier this summer I wrote about Vacating the Land of Should, which included our vacation plans.

We then vacated the land of should, and didn’t do any of what we had planned.

Some may call me a hypocrite (they would be right), but I can’t really call our summer planning a bust.  In fact, there were a […]