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...

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...

April 18, 2019

I reached for the lever to drain the water out of the bathtub and heard my husband chuckling through the bathroom door.  I was curious what he was laughing at but not surprised as this is part of our daily routine.  Every night while I go through my hour bedtime ritual...

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...

January 9, 2019

It had been a long week and I was tired from all the work involved with holiday preparations.  In my youthful naivete I used to think Christmas was a magical time filled with warm wishes and wonder, but as I’ve become an adult, I now associate the holiday more with wor...

July 20, 2018

Did you know that 90 percent of marriage is spent calling out, “Whaaaat” from the other room? (Did you also know you can’t believe everything you read online?) All kidding aside, I can relate to this comical statement.  A few years ago, we downsized to a small house wi...

May 23, 2018

I couldn’t help but feel a little nostalgic as I tuned into the coverage of the latest Royal Wedding.  My thoughts reminisced back to watching Charles & Diana’s nuptials over thirty years ago.  The carriage, the castle, and thousands of well-wishers who lined the stree...

September 27, 2017

Kristen was very excited when she got home and couldn’t wait to tell me about her shopping trip.  She began pulling out what seemed like an endless line of bags from numerous stores.   With each bag came a new story of how much money she saved and what great deals she...

July 29, 2017

My wife fretted and worried about making the call for days, maybe even weeks.  Breaking family tradition was not going to be easy and she did not want to hurt or upset her mother.  We would usually spend Christmas Eve at my mom’s house with family and then travel to Kr...

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