September 8, 2019

“While you might be curious how FBI negotiators get some of the world’s toughest bad guys to give up their hostages, you could be excused for wondering what hostage negotiation has to do with your life,” writes Chris Voss in his book, Never Split the Difference – negot...

July 18, 2019

The teacher’s comments section on my report card recorded the same words year after year, “Kristen is a nice girl, but she talks too much.”  Those who know me probably won’t find that hard to believe because I’ve never been the quiet girl in the corner.  However, your...

June 21, 2019

One of the reasons I enjoy being a writer is it affords the opportunity to step into a variety of roles and speak from different perspectives.  For instance, one day I sit behind my computer, instructing as a coach, “C’mon team, if you want to win at marriage, the best...

June 5, 2019

There are days when I can’t remember what I walked into my garage to get, I forget to take my daily medication and cannot recall the pin number to my debit card.  Before you wonder if I am suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s disease, let me just say I AM able to rec...

May 18, 2019

It’s been so long here in Southwest Michigan since we’ve seen the bright yellow ball that suspends in the sky, I almost forgot what the sun looks and feels like!  Similar to an uninvited house guest who has overextended their welcome, April showers have hung around wel...

May 1, 2019

I started attending yoga classes recently for the simple fact that I sit at a computer a lot, and at the end of the day, my body feels like rigor mortis is setting in. I’ve never been very flexible and always thought if God intended for us to touch our toes, He would h...

March 21, 2019

The college admissions scandal dominated the news and media outlets this past week.  Wealthy families paid a college placement specialist large sums of money to ensure their teens’ admission to elite colleges. Those indicted included Hollywood actresses and venture cap...

March 6, 2019

You would never know by looking out my window that we are supposed to “spring forward” this weekend.  The recent sound of the snowplow scraping the side of the road along with the chunky clumps of snow being blown off the trees makes it hard to believe winter is going...

February 11, 2019

My love for music causes me to act in ways some consider inappropriate....and by “some” I mean my teenage daughter.

I can’t help that I love a chorus with a solid crescendo that stirs my emotions…it practically begs me to sing along!  A beautiful melody can move me to t...

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