Thursday, 12 January 2017 00:00

Grandiose Words Versus Real Results

Words have power; they create images and possibilities, and provide a window into the future of what could be. The best leaders use positive words to communicate a potential future. They inspire action, progress and positive results. For words to matter, they must be upheld by a solid foundation. They cannot be all fluff and flutter.

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Thursday, 05 January 2017 00:00

The Year to Get Stuff Done

This same theme seems to be present in President-elect Donald Trump's approach as well. Enough of words -- let's accomplish something!

With an incoming Republican administration, a Senate now split 52 Republicans, 48 Democrats; and a House split 241 Republicans, 194 Democrats; the onus is on the Republicans to Get Stuff Done.

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Thursday, 29 December 2016 00:00

Happy Almost New Year

Christmas is a special time in our family. Our daughter Maggie loves decorating the tree, and her brother Robert is now tall enough to decorate the top third -- that she and I cannot reach.

The Christmas celebrations in my husband's family are legendary and fun. They remind me of how blessed I am to be part of a large, loving, generous family. The family party, Christmas Eve at Nanny's and Christmas Day at his Aunt Gayle and Jimmy's as well as Christmas day dinner is at our home with my fairy godmother and her family, are the highlights of the season.

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Thursday, 22 December 2016 00:00

Christmas Miracles

"Miracle on 34th Street," "White Christmas" and "It's a Wonderful Life," are three of my favorite Christmas movies. All three stories revolve around people, connections and miracles. Natalie Wood plays second-grade student Susan in "Miracle on 34th Street." Raised by her mother, Doris, to be practical and not believe in miracles, Susan began to believe in supernatural events after watching a department store Santa (Kris) talk to a girl in her native Dutch. Kris is accused of being crazy and taken to court for representing himself to be Santa Claus, but the case is dismissed after the Post Office delivers mail addressed to Santa to Kris.

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Thursday, 15 December 2016 00:00

Why Great Expecations Matter

My hometown of Carrollton, Georgia, a town of 14,000, was an hour west of Atlanta. We left our door unlocked while away, life revolved around church and high school football, and I wore my sister's hand me downs until I grew taller than her. We very rarely ate out, and my bedroom furniture included a cast off 3-foot-diameter, circular wooden spool that had been used by Southwire Company, along with cinder blocks and plywood for shelves.

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