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When I took on the role of board of education president, I was hopeful for the opportunity to encourage diverse voices in order to address issues within the Douglas County School District. Admittedly, the road is much more difficult than I thought. … more
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When I was 18, the summer between my freshman and sophomore years in college, I worked at the front desk of a manufacturing plant, and was the only woman on the site. One of my duties was to go into the production area and collect the time cards for … more
Nov. 9, 2016, can't get here soon enough. The past two years have been an inglorious vaudeville featuring Meanness, Deception and Coarse Language. I don't talk to people like they do, and I … more
I apologized to a magazine. Kelly Ripa was staring at me at the checkout. If Kelly is downcast, then I am downcast. She always starts my day with a smile. She's effervescent and … more
Judy Racine kneels on the rug, the gaggle of second- and third-graders scattered around her. The learning target is printed neatly on the easel board: “I can give kind, helpful and specific feedback.” “What does that mean?” Judy … more
Zzzzzz. Is there anything better than sleep? Just before sleep and just after sleep are my two favorite times of the day. The name for the lovely period right before we nod off is not very … more
Wow, is it just me or are there more people asking to be forgiven and offering up apologies than ever before? We are seeing it in the news, from the politicians, to athletes, we see it and hear it … more
You have seen the advertisements on television, or heard them on the radio, and have probably seen them propagated on social media. "Vote Yes on Amendment (X)," or "Vote No on Amendment (Y)." Frankly … more
I don't feel good about this, but I don't think I have a choice - in more ways than one. I have decided not to vote. Oh, I am going to vote. Just not for a president. I am fatigued, … more
Over breakfast coffee, a friend asked me, "Bessie Smith, Kate Smith or Patti Smith?" I said, "Is it a slow news day?" It's never a slow news day anymore, now that current events travel in a … more
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