In Summer, The Song Sings Itself

In a little over a week, I’ll be back on campus teaching my fall college courses. Some people may dread the thought of work, but not me. I always look forward to the fall and going back to school, to using my brain, to being in the classroom, and to seeing young, eager minds ready…

On Creative Leadership, Creativity, and Nonsense

* * * For the last couple of years, I’ve become very interested in researching what it takes to be a creative leader. Malcolm Knowles wrote a book entitled, “The Adult Learner, A Neglected Species.” From that book I’ve conducted research on creative leadership and what it takes to be a creative leader, both in…

A Little Game of “No Repeat” Fashion

I’m starting to like clothes and fashion again. I was down on it for a while because I allowed myself to gain too much weight this winter, and I wasn’t taking good care of myself. It’s something lots of working moms tend to do: they put others before themselves, and they are too tired to…

The Nose Knows: The Sense of Smell “Takes You Back”

Your five senses know a lot about your life. They know what you like to taste. They know what you like to see. They know what you like to hear. They know what you like to touch. And, they know what you like to smell. Studies have shown that perhaps more than any other sense,…

Editing My Novel: “Baseball Girl” Is In Motion

On Friday, I completed the first draft of my second novel, currently titled “Baseball Girl.” This sucker is seriously in motion. So, what does one do now that it’s complete? Well, my friends, now begins the difficult part, the part where you have to be critical of yourself, change things that are not working, and…

What I Remember About My College Graduation

First, let me begin my saying, my graduation took place a long time ago. Second, I had a 103 degree fever, the chills, the sweats, and one of the sorest throats I can ever remember having. It was also the last time I had strep throat, which is a good thing for me, because I’ve…

Women Supporting Women

“True, happy, successful women usually don’t want to hurt but HELP other women.”- Kristin Chenoweth     Last night, my colleagues and I attended The Daily Record’s recognition event at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore to honor Maryland’s Top 100 Women in Business. It was an inspiring night, and it was wonderful to hear…

Why You Will Fail to Have A Great Career

I only have time for a quick post today as there are only hours left in our spring semester, but this was on my mind. If you’re like me and you love learning, you may be addicted to the Ted Talks at Ted.com. I’ve found these 15-30 minute speeches on a variety of topics educational,…

The Best Advice You Ever Got

The best advice you ever got— And over the years you’ve heard a lot— Didn’t come in the way of a bang and pop! Didn’t come among a fertile crop. It didn’t call out in the dead of night When creepy crawlers come out to bite. It wasn’t seen among the stars— The moon, Jupiter…

10 Books That Have Stayed With You

Some of you may have noticed a “tag, you’re it” game that’s happening on Facebook where a friend tags you and asks you to name 10 books that made some kind of lasting impression on you, for whatever reason. My friend, Barbara, tagged me, and I participated. It’s not easy to identify ONLY 10 books…

Learn from Conflict & Experience and Be In Process

“I am a woman in process. I’m just trying like everybody else. I try to take every conflict, every experience, and learn from it. Life is never dull.”~ Oprah Winfrey Oprah said these words, and only recently did I read them. I especially love the first part of her quote: “I am a woman in…

Top 10 Things I Recommend You Purge Before You Move

If you’re about to move like I just did, or if you may move in the near future, you may want to consider doing a big, huge, ginormous clear out. Therefore, you have permission to purge the following: 10. … that crystal bowl, vase, or platter you got from Aunt Ethel for your something-eth wedding…