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Smeared Ink Clouds

Smeared Ink Clouds

It’s been a while since I sat at my desk to write. In fact, apart from my private journaling or composing email messages, I’ve not strung coherent thoughts together in writing since my father passed earlier this year. Each time I’ve entertained the idea of writing again, an impasse has loomed before me like a smeared ink cloud that hides my words.

Why I Became a Lifestyle Entrepreneur

Why I Became a Lifestyle Entrepreneur

I type these words from my makeshift office in the living room of my childhood home. My father is in his 11th year of battling Parkinson’s Disease, and my mother had hip replacement surgery last week. I have temporarily moved back into their home to support them as my mom heals from her surgery and

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How Deep Are Your Roots? – A Leader’s Core Convictions

How Deep Are Your Roots? - A Leader's Core Convictions

“Angela, if you are ever going to succeed in this organization, you need to learn to raise your voice and throw a chair around every now and then.  People need to know you mean business!”   As appalling as it to think that someone would ever offer advice that chair throwing is required for effective

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Apples – Are Yours Golden or Poisoned?: The Power of Words

Golden Apples - The Power of Words

Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances.  – Proverbs 25:11   Words are powerful…so powerful, in fact, that when spoken they actually carry either life or death.  The words of a leader can lift a person up or take a person down; propel a project forward or drive

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Failing Forward: Blown Lightbulbs and the Lessons Therein

Failing Forward: Blown Lightbulbs and the Lessons Therein

The nemesis of my sophomore year of college was a class called Circuits 101. Known as a “weeder class”, one designed to instill frustration and confusion in aspiring engineering students, the possibilities of passing or failing were extreme.  Each test consisted of only two questions, yielding only 3 possible test scores:  0, 50, or 100. I studied.

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Three Times when Fresh Perspective is In Order

Time for Fresh Perspective

My office got a new beautiful piece of furniture this week – a handcrafted, corner desk designed and made by my creative husband.  The desk boasts a magnificent blend of old oak accented with knotholes and elegant curves, locust posts preserved in their natural shape, and poplar branches masterfully set to mirror tree branches of

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Hamburgers and Wedding Bells – A Tribute to 45 Years Together

45 years together

On October 10, 1969, a plain brown dress, a McDonald’s hamburger, and a courthouse judge marked the unconventional beginning of a legacy of love.  My parents, Jerry and Bernice Powell, chose the less traditional route to marriage when they eloped and kept their new vows secret from family and friends for nearly three months.  In

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Dependent Independence

Still Daddy's Girl

On the Fourth of July, my family, like many others, gathered around food, fun and fireworks to celebrate America’s Independence.  Independence…what meaning does that word really carry, not just for a nation but also for individuals around the world? My father raised me to be an independent woman who learns from her mistakes, faces challenge

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Simple Thoughts of Spring

As I sit at the edge of my son’s ball field on a glorious spring day, I am enthralled by the simple beauty of young life. Small yellow flowers pepper the edge of the outfield. Tiny green leaves peak out from trees branches swaying in the wind. Young men dream of the majors as they

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Catch the Waves – 5 Steps Toward Intelligent Risk Taking

I held tightly to his forearm as we bobbed and jumped in the wet playground of waves.  I gazed in wonder at the sea foam as it danced back and forth from crest to shore before disappearing on the golden sand.  I was but a tiny spec on the edge of the Atlantic and from

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