Raising Men- Integrity not optional

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The Drunk Driver Who Hit Me Got a Slap on the Wrist

On Monday the drunk driver who hit me a few months ago -- earlier in my pregnancy -- pleaded guilty to two of the five charges filed against her. She pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors: driving drunk (OVI, or operating a vehicle impaired) and for failure to maintain distance between my vehicle....more
Sympathy for the person who injured you... that's a tough one, isn't it? My family and I are ...more

15 Lessons I Learned from Oprah

I haven’t missed an episode of the Oprah Show in 8 years, but it’s probably closer to 10.  I feel as though I am one of the few people that actually watched Oprah After the Show on the Oxygen channel several years ago.  I loved it! Thanks to my Mom and Oprah I have kept a journal throughout the years.  I don’t journal daily, but when I feel the need I grab my little black book. So, from my notes, here are a few of the things I have jotted down throughout the years. Everyone acts at the level they know. When people show you wh...more

Florida State Rep. Stargel's Bill Requires Parents to Make the Grade

“Accountability” has been a hot buzz word in education policy for years now. In several states across the country, teachers have had to contend with legislation that ties their salaries and advancement to student performance. And administrators too have had to answer for student test scores and graduation rates.  Now, in Florida at least, parents may have to face the a-word, too! ...more
I feel that lack of parental involvement constitutes negligence and parents should be jailed. My ...more

Creating Balance--to Achieve Joie de Vivre--Daily!

Creating balance in your life when it has become unbalanced is a lot like hopping back on a bicycle. Do you actually remember what balance feels like? Like hopping back on a bike, or trying something new for the first time...you don't know until you've tried it. If you don't know if you've had balance, then why not try changing things up in your life if what you have been doing hasn't been working? Do you remember if you ever experienced balance before?...more

Leaving On A Jet Plane

Many years ago when my son was a baby and we were flying to Florida, the unenthusiastic flight attendant gave the uninspired oxygen mask speech.  I remember thinking at the time that contrary to the recommendations, of...more

The Skinny on Weight

The Skinny on WeightI am the person who used to be skinny. Most of my friends actually wore a bigger size than I did (I won't say they weighed less, because that can be deceptive). I was the skinny person....more

Be accountable for your health

Accountability (n): an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for ones actions (Merriam-Webster.com) ...more

President Obama...Tread Lightly In The Friendship Department

I usually try & steer clear of talking politics if I can help it because I'm always prone to sticking my foot in where other folks might feel it doesn't belong. I mean, when the first African American became president of these United States, of course it was a thrill for me to see History in the making...A looong time in the making. ...more

So much for government transparency

Watchdog groups and government transparency fans got pretty excited a few weeks ago when they heard that House members promised to put contracts for the $800 billion economic stimulus package online. ...more