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Love Your Boobies!

aging health Oct 23, 2014

Do you love your boobies? Today I loved mine by getting my annual mammogram. I’m not sure how long I’ve been getting mammograms, but since I’m now 55, I think it’s about 15 years… And I’m proud to say I’ve never missed a year! I have a vivid memory of my first mammogram: I fainted! Yes!!! I have a huge fear of medical procedures and have a history of fainting in doctor’s offices! The good news is that I now know enough to warn the offending parties (i.e., medical staff holding needles) before such procedures AND I can usually give a heads up if I feel a spell coming on. In the case of the mammogram faint, I was able to warn the technician so she caught me before I did a face plant. Fortunately, I wasn’t in mid scan and left dangling at the machine. OUCH! That’s not a pretty image!!!

In celebration of my annual booby check, I wanted to take this opportunity to share my experience and to encourage all women over 40 to...

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An Unremarkable Boy

Uncategorized Oct 04, 2014

One thing I love about having a blog is that I get to share cool things that I think will inspire and make a difference. I had an experience last week that fits the bill so I just have to share it. It’s about the journey of an unremarkable boy. My husband and I attended the dedication of the new Strome Business School and Entrepreneurial Center at our alma mater, Old Dominion University. We were invited by Mark Strome, who was my husband’s college roommate in the 70s, and his wife, Tammy. Mark had recently given the university a large financial gift.

It was super cool to be back at the place where we all met and began our friendships. Many of our college buddies were there as was Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and Virginia Senator Mark Warner, a good friend of Mark’s. We literally got the presidential treatment, watching an ODU football game from the President’s Suite in the company of the ODU President and his wife.

We were even treated to a halftime...

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Living With Your Whole Heart

motivational Sep 05, 2014

This week, as I often do, I was driving in my car listening to the Oprah station on my radio. And once again, as often happens, the person she was interviewing struck a chord with me. How serendipitous it was that I had been talking just the day before about the EXACT same subject they were discussing!!! Isn’t it funny how these things just drop out of the sky when you need them?!!! The subject was vulnerability. And just the night before I heard the interview, I was explaining to some friends that being vulnerable is a good thing and they should try it. I said people are more likely to connect with you if you allow yourself to be vulnerable…. I sure as heck didn’t know there was proven research on this. Isn’t it nice when real data backs up your opinions!!!

Anyway, on to the meat of my post… Oprah’s interview was with a researcher by the name of Brené Brown. I’d never heard of her but apparently she did a pretty famous TED talk on...

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He Brings Out the Poet in Me...

family Jul 07, 2014

I first met him when I was 18. We were in college. He played rugby, and I was dating another rugby player. I noticed him on the field one day, thought he was cute and asked who he was.

A few days later, I saw him at our local college bar and introduced myself. Little did I know at the time that he was THE ONE. From the minute we met, sparks flew. We threw verbal barbs. And I remember laughing A LOT.

I won’t go into all the gory details here, but after two years, we went our separate ways. I couldn’t accept the fact that rugby was more important than me. So I moved on. Or so I thought…

A few years ago, we reconnected. He had never married and some said he never would. It was a risk, but I remembered what we had had and needed either to open that door and step in or close it for good.

Then he pulled out the poem. I didn’t remember writing it – it had been 27 years! But when I read it, I remembered the feelings he brought out of me and how much I liked...

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What will your grandkids call you?

aging family health Jun 03, 2014

Until my oldest daughter announced she was pregnant, the thought never occurred to me that I'd have a name other than mom or Laurie to be identified by. I didn't want to be Nana or Grandmom or Mimi or Grandma - these were names that were in my family & it felt funny using them. So I cogitated on it for awhile and came up with Nannie. It was perfect because it's a play on my name using the same last 2 letters. Plus, both my daughters and all of our pets have had names that end with the "ie" sound. So it just felt right. In remembering my plight of grandparent name selection, I thought it'd be fun to do a post on Facebook asking what names other people use. I got a great response which led me to think it would be helpful to put together a list & post it on my website. You never know - perhaps my list will help someone figure out how she will be referred to by generations to come. :) (I'll continue to add names as I hear more...)

Cha Cha

Ga-Ga...

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Do You Have a Bucket List?

aging health Apr 29, 2014

Now that I’m on the backside of life, I think it’s time I develop a bucket list. I believe a lot of people have these, and I bet they are having more fun than me striking things off their lists. So, I’m taking action! I’m going to find at least 25 things to start with & will post my list here on my website. It will be a living & breathing document that will continue to develop over time as I think of new things. And maybe it will spur you to develop one of your own! There’s one thing that’s been on my mind for a long time and will therefore reside in spot #1: Go to Australia. On the other hand, there are a few things that will NEVER make the list:

-       Have my 3rd child (Only because I can’t)

-       Run a marathon (Way too far for my bad knee)

-       Become a vegetarian (I could never give up chicken or eggs…)

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Every Family Needs an "Annie"

family Apr 02, 2014

I’m sure you’ve heard the story about the boy who was raised with wolves. Well, I was raised with pugs. Yes. My father was a pug lover and never lived a day of his adult life without one. Pugsy was the first, although I was too young to remember him. Sam was next – as in Samatha – and what I remember about her was that she was old and cranky, my least favorite of all of our family dogs. But the best thing about Sam is that she was impregnated by a collie mix who jumped over a fence into our backyard with the result being, Skeezie (named for the comic strip character Skeezix), the first dog officially acknowledged as mine. But the purpose of this article isn’t to give you a detailed history of my family pets (although I’ve listed them all at the end of this post as a sort of memoriam). This article is about why having a dog has filled up my life and made me a better person.

I’ve always had a dog and always will. They bring me happiness that...

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My One Piece of Parenting Advice

No matter how old my children get, they continue to be the sun, the moon, and the stars to me. Though they no longer live with me, they are still top of my mind: their successes, my thrills; their bad days, my lows. Their successes are what prompted me to write today because frankly, I am beaming with pride in the people they’ve become. (Sorry if this is embarrassing you two!) How would you define success for your adult child? To me it is seeing my child happy, being passionate about what she is doing, and contributing to society in a positive way.

I remember vividly the thought I had the day the nurses handed over my first, all ready to leave the hospital at 2 days old, with her new mommy & daddy: “How will she survive? I do not have the slightest clue of what I’m doing.” The poor thing! Little did she know how green we were. How nice it would have been to have a crystal ball to look into the future & see that it would all turn out just fine.

But if...

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10 Days Ago My First Pull Up, Now My First Blog Entry!

fitness laughter Mar 10, 2014

I’ve wanted to start a blog for a long time but never really had a good enough reason… Something’s changed, though… Over the last 4 months, I’ve had a huge transformation and it’s not only changed my life, but it’s made me want to change other people’s lives. And in this day & age, the best way to do that is through a blog. My biggest fear is that people will find me boring and my subject matter blah. But as they say, you need to face your fears, and I am willing to take that risk if it means I can make a difference. I do have some comedy writing experience - I used to do an annual Christmas letter and it was quite the talk amongst my friends & family around the holiday season. (Maybe I’ll share an old letter in one of my blog postings….) And I do have a technical writing background so if I have to write a blog post that includes step-by-step procedures, I’m golden. My plan is to write about various topics...

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