Should we be celebrating the 2nd of July instead?

Happy Independence Day! Did you know that July 2nd is really the day our nation declared independence from Britain? Back in 1776, the Second Continental Congress voted to approve the resolution of independence on the second day of the month. Then they worked on and revised the official Declaration of Independence, which they signed on the 4th of July…. which is why it is celebrated then instead. Interesting, huh? The […]

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7 Healthy Do’s and Don’ts for Summer Road Trips

Are you gettin’ ready to hit the road and take a family trip?  One of our favorite summer traditions is the over-the-river and through-the-woods To Grandmother’s House We Go Road Trip.    We just got back from a girls week: my two daughters and I met up with my mom and went south to Six Flags Magic Mountain and then made a big circle through the Sierra Nevada Mountains and […]

Can your Business handle the Truth?

I was very excited to read this book.  I’d heard this spunky, pretty businesswoman speak in a series of online videos, and she was down to earth, to-the-point, and she made a lot of sense, so I knew her book would be the same. It was going along fine until I hit page 15. Then I got mad.  Her book is called, “Playing BIG:  The Unsexy Truth About How to […]

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Yard Sale Survival Skills

Yard Sale Season is upon us!  Every summer weekend, you can drive around any neighborhood and find driveways covered from door to curb, organized in piles of knick-knacks, books, toys, clothes, appliances, furniture – you name it.  These items are typically still usable, but are no longer needed in that household, and whatever doesn’t earn a couple quarters get hauled off to charity.  If you’ve ever held a garage sale, […]

Make Time to Make Time (& find more hours in a day!)

  “Do you know what time it is?” It used to take 1.5 seconds to answer that with a quick flick of our wrist to see our watch, maybe half a second longer if you have to move your sleeve out of the way.  Now it seems that time pieces are relics of the past, pushed out of the way by our hand-held computers with futuristic names like Droid and […]



Four Ways to Handle a Detour – What’s yours?

WOOHOO!  I’m beyond happy to share with you that I have officially launched my website! YAY! HAPPY DANCE!  JIGGITY-JIG!  It has been a long time coming!  There have been many “detours” en route to its completion (and there will be many more NEW roads to build in it as we grow), but V.1 of “Make a Choice to Have a Voice” is LIVE! While I’m totally tickled with how cool […]

Why I recommend taking a DETOUR….

I don’t know about your streets, but the most direct route to my neighborhood has been sabotaged lately.  The intersection is all torn up, the lanes are not in the same place, and there are potholes, dirt, and orange cones everywhere.  If you were coming to visit me, I’d recommend taking a DETOUR! This road construction situation is quite common in the spring in most communities. It seems there are […]


SQUIRREL!  I caught this shot while on vacation in Morro Bay, California - you should have seen how many NUTS he squirreled away in those cheeks! Hilarious!

How to Forgive a Squirrel

Once upon a time, we met – and then life took a detour, for one or both of us.  But I would love a “happily ever after” with you! If you’re reading this entry and we have never met – well, then, WELCOME!  I’m happy to “meet” you now. As I prepared to officially launch my website and blog, I realized that I had been “out of touch” with hundreds of […]