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The Value of Listening

When we give our attention to someone and attend to them for the purpose of hearing we demonstrate the value of listening.  Listening is one of the most important things we can do to ensure we are connecting with others.  And yet listening is often very difficult.  We live in a society where we spend…

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Life Lessons From Trees

What life lessons can you learn from trees? In our community several trees have become infected and have to be cut down in order to stop the disease process. We have several maple trees in our front yard that are now diseased. The other morning I was asleep when I heard this horrible grinding noise.…

An Influential Woman

Five Traits of An Influential Woman

My daughter and I attended a fantastic event at Akron University. It was the 2014 Women Trailblazers. The list of honorees included women from various professions. The sponsor is The Women’s & Gender Resource Center. They operate from “a woman led agenda that is focused on issues pertaining to leadership, social justice and professional and…

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Running With Eagles

Have you ever wondered about the number of  lessons you can learn from simply observing your surroundings? One of the activities that my family enjoys is observing nature and gleaning those life lessons you can see through these observations. My husband and my daughter were driving to our house and suddenly a flock of wild…

Think Different

Spiritual Mastery in Change

The book of Ruth, found in the Old Testament, is about transition, crisis and pain.  This is a story about change!  Change is not an easy process for most people to endure.  During times of transition, change, immense pain, sorrow, loss and tragedy, the question that stands in stark contrast to the reality is “where…

Effective Communication

Leading With Effective Communication

  Today’s leader understands the importance of leading with effective communication skills in carrying out the vision of their organization.  As a leader, you cannot maintain your relationships and organizations without timely and relevant communication.  Effective leaders communicate so they must spend considerable time and effort to make sure their ideas are communicated in a…

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Relational Mentoring

What is relational mentoring? I grew up in a home where Saturdays represented an opportunity to have dinner with friends and family. The words, relational mentoring, came to me as I thought about the many family gatherings I enjoyed as a child. Growing up in a small town in Mississippi did not afford us the…

Why You Should Eat Pancakes

Five Reasons You Should Eat Pancakes

My husband and I were sitting down for breakfast reminiscing about eating pancakes.  We started a tradition early in our marriage of eating breakfast together.  As I reflected on our tradition I thought about 5 reasons you should eat pancakes.  What does pancakes and marriage have in common?  I believe that every couple should make…

Success Has A Path

Success Has A Right Path

Success has a right path. Determining whether you are on the right path to success can be one of the most difficult tasks to realize during your lifetime.  How many people do you know who seem to constantly be wandering without focus or direction?  I remember taking Sunday afternoon drives with my family as a…

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A Picture of The Confident Woman

To clearly see a picture of the confident woman we must evaluate the role of women in our society.  The role of women in today’s society and throughout history has been and continues to be critical to the well-being of all humanity.  Whether she is a wife, mother, friend, colleague, or a stranger on the…