A Peaceful Transition of Power

Many years ago, in what seems like another lifetime, I had the privilege of working for a U.S. Presidential Inauguration. George Herbert Walker Bush had just been elected President of the United States the week before I got married. When Doug and I returned from our honeymoon and I returned to my job as the communications director for U.S. Senator Jake Garn, I got a telephone call from a friend and former colleague wondering if I would be willing to advise the inaugural committee on media … [Read more...]

Dog Whisperer Mojo

Now that we have work to do in North Carolina to get a beach house ready to rent, we have a little Nikki conundrum.   He's not a good passenger in the car.   I prefer passengers who can sit still, not drool on my seats, and not hang their heads out of my windows with their tongues and ears flapping in the breeze.   When I take Nikki to the dog groomers or the vet, I always put him in the back seat. He immediately steps on the window button, sticks his head … [Read more...]

Enough is Enough

At every transition in my life, I get restless, thinking I should be doing more. When the kids used to start school in the fall, I felt an urgent need to pack my life with something more meaningful than what I was doing. It didn't matter that I might have organized a new early morning club at the school to teach elementary students how to produce a newspaper or volunteered to be the room mom in two classrooms, taken on the social director job for our neighborhood and organized a party with … [Read more...]

Flu Season? I’ve got what you need

Flu season reminds me of my mom's medical advice and remedies. Ever heard of paregoric? Paregoric was the go-to medicine of my childhood. When I called my Mom when Sara was a baby to tell her that Sara had colic and cried nonstop for several hours at a time, she said, "Oh that baby needs paregoric!" Paregoric is a combination of some form of opium mixed with a compound from a camphor tree that is used in insect repellant.  Great stuff for a baby. It was a popular cure-all in the … [Read more...]