Making a Choice to Make a Difference

Blessings – having parents who love and care for you. Blessings – having a roof over your head. Blessings – knowing when you’ll eat again. I am blessed. I will never forget the day I realized others were not.

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When the News Media Diminish, We All Do

This statement from an influential conservative commentator terrifies me, and that’s not a comment on Glenn Beck’s political positions. It is to say that when journalism is under fire, we all are. A weakening of the Fourth Estate is dangerous to both sides of any political aisle, including mainstream parties, the center and the fringes.

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Bring in the Game Changers!

When we are in real trouble, who do we turn to? As kids, perhaps we turn to parents and teachers. As adults, we turn to mentors, elders, veterans and experts in the field, people who have been through worse or more challenging circumstances and survived. These are game changers who need to be at the… Read more »

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An Open Letter to Generation X

In the 19th Century, if you could not read or write, it was common to sign legal documents with an “X.” Countless Americans moved through history in this way. One notable example is Harriet Tubman, the famous abolitionist and political activist who was born into slavery. During the Civil War she served as cook, nurse,… Read more »

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Thoughts from the Chrysalis: Butterflies Needed

This is a strange time of quarantine and working from home. This is a difficult time of racial protests and political divides. This is an opportune time for change and innovation.

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The Impact of Response-Ability

As the years pass, it feels as though the frequency of crucial decisions increases, as does the intensity and costs of related consequences. There still exists a part of me that strives to minimize the frequency of wrong choices, but over time I appreciate more and more that it is less about the number of… Read more »

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Lights, Camera, ACTION!!!

It was the beginning of March. I was one week away from traveling to Europe to start prepping a romantic comedy, Movie of the Week, for the Hallmark Channel.

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Leading with Lived Experience

When I was 12 or 13 years old, I saw a grunge band video on MTV showing teenagers running from abusive homes and ending up on the street. In one scene, a brown-haired girl was dragged into a van by grown men. As I watched, my heart raced.

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