Woman to Woman

Reach New Heights

There are times when I see myself behaving a certain way—childish, bossy, entitled—and I don’t like what I see. Or I hear my tone—in an email, or making a remark to my husband—and I don’t like what I hear. A little voice pipes up inside my head, saying, “This isn’t…
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Stepping Stones

Sometimes things happen in life that make you feel like you’ve been knocked over the head by a two-by-four. First, there are the Big Things, like losing a job or losing someone dear to you. Then there are the times when your life is moving merrily along, and all of…
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A Little Boost

Dear Readers, I got my 15 minutes of fame last month when I was chosen by Inside Business to receive the Women in Business Achievement Award. It’s all thanks to my friend, Marcy Germanotta of the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast, who nominated me. If it weren’t for people…
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Do Good, Be Good

Recently someone reminded me of the starfish story. Here’s one version:  A young man is walking along the ocean and sees a beach on which thousands and thousands of starfish have washed ashore. Further along he sees an old man, walking slowly and stooping often, picking up one starfish after…
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Invest in Yourself

This month’s cover story about frugal living really resonates with me. I grew up in a family where thriftiness was a virtue. My dad was in the Navy, my mom was a teacher, and there were six of us kids. Dad taught us the value of saving our money and…
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What Do You Need?

Recently I came across Walden and Other Writings by Henry David Thoreau, a book my brother gave me, and I’ve been reading snatches of it as time permits. You may not have read Thoreau since high school or college, but I find the themes he writes about—spending time wisely, communing…
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Lifting Others Up

Some of you may have seen the Virginian-Pilot article about my friend, Sandy Dumont, who died August 14. She wrote a column called “Your Image” for Tidewater Women on and off over the past 15 years. Recently, Sandy had been suffering from a mysterious auto-immune illness that eventually led to…
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