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Central North Carolina communications consultant and freelance writer. Former business reporter and social media strategist at the Sacramento Business Journal.

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Carpe diem

Seize the day, not the socks

Two years into my new life in North Carolina, the spare bedroom bed is more often covered with clutter than not, including a pile of mismatched socks that forever anticipates sorting. But those socks can wait because I've finally learned to seize the day.
Greifswald, Germany church steeple

Loving this return trip to Greifswald, Germany

While it is a worthwhile destination in its own right, Greifswald also is near a variety of other beautiful places, including the gorgeous port city of Straslund with one cathedral dating back to 1276, the quaint fishing village of Wieck, the spiritually moving abbey ruins in Eldena, and Sassnitz, known for its stunning white cliffs.

Observing decorum and playfulness in Germany

While Germans are known for liking precision, order and decorum, they do know how to let their hair down in ways that might surprise Americans.
Stralsund, Germany market

During Germany vacation, I consider: Convenience, at what price?

Visiting here in Germany, I’m reminded of how much Americans are slave to convenience. We expect to be able to buy practically anything at any time of day and night. In Germany stores close on Sundays and most close at 5 p.m. through the week. I wonder if Germany might be onto something.
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Hullabaloo over comic’s tweets reveals bigger worry for society

The questionable tweets by the comic who will replace host Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" cause me trepidation for the future. As Millennials and Gen Z'ers document every immature, insensitive and crude thing they say and do, in the future how will we comfortably appoint anyone to any job?
Age makes no difference between great friends.

Ageism: Before pointing fingers, examine your own heart

As I begrudgingly eliminated from my resume any obvious indications of my abundance of years, I grew more incensed over the prevalence of ageism. Months later, though, I caught myself wrongly prejudging my soon-to-start new boss by her youth. We all have much to learn about and from other people young and old.

When should you maintain control and when do you let go?

I admit I was agitated and anxious as I approached my final day of on-campus parking for my job. This public transportation novice was to be pushed into park-and-ride. The situation got me thinking--when is it desirable to maintain control and when--if we have a choice--should be relinquish control?

Learn from squirrels: Embrace change in your career and personal life

If squirrels can do it, so can you. While we may be scared of the newness ahead, we all can hope to find the courage to leap into a new life of experiences and opportunities. When will you embrace change?

7 tips for growing your professional network and skills

How do you avoid becoming complacent in your professional life? In this blog, I offer seven tips for keeping your skills fresh and demonstrating your value in this still uncertain and very competitive job market.

To what degree does our environment define our identity?

Four months into my new life in North Carolina, I have been pondering a question — does where we live define us? To what degree are we a product of where we are from?
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