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...

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 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 3, 2019

I was feeling optimistic, confident, and excited to spend the day in Chicago with my family.  Traffic slowed as we neared the city which gave us ample time to stare up at the massive buildings.  We continued along the lakeshore until we found a parking spot.  It was co...

October 7, 2018

We boarded the ferry with excitement and anticipation as we headed back to our Honeymoon location – Mackinac Island, Michigan.  Twenty years of marriage and four children had passed since we last visited the island together as a young couple.  Mackinac Island, located...

August 27, 2018

One of my earliest childhood recollections is the comforting feeling of climbing into my canopy bed. I’d slide under the white eyelet bedspread and nestle under the weight of it as my mom sat on the edge.  She would pull the covers up around my neck as I recited my bed...

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...

June 28, 2018

Driving across the Great Plains towards Scottsbluff in western Nebraska, my wife and I couldn’t help but stare at the awe-inspiring sight of two massive rock pillars reaching to the sky.   We eventually saw a sign pointing toward that direction and learned they were fa...

June 9, 2018

Ask anyone in my family a fun fact about me and they would say, “Kristen thinks sporting events are really social events that just involve a ball.” It’s true.  I’d rather converse than compete and since athletics involves people, I like to socialize. I drive my competi...

May 2, 2018

There were eight of us seated around the table at the fancy banquet.  As we passed the water pitcher and placed the linen napkins politely on our laps, my husband leaned over and whispered in my ear, “What smells?”  Without saying a word, I casually turned my head and...

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