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The Big Business Side of Homeschooling

Not all homeschoolers are wealthy. After all, these parent(s) are, for the most part, staying home with their children. Some may be crazy like us, travel the world, take the kids along with them and help them learn along the way. But that’s not the norm. So this blog is not about companies making millions…

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Educated or Skilled

To my way of thinking, everyone should be both educated and skilled. In other words, should you choose to study Early Beekeeping in college and there suddenly becomes no need for ancient apiarist historians, you have something to fall back on. Just sayin’. Fact of the matter is, most people can’t span both worlds and…

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Human Trafficking with a Twist

My husband and I sat in the human trafficking meeting, a mini-conference of sorts for community leaders banding together to prevent and/or prosecute incidents in our area as the summer months and J1 visa student workers descend. Russians, Filipinos, Ukrainians had often made contact with us in summers past — their passports unlawfully held, accommodated…

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Designing a Life with Focus

Transitions, we all need to make them at one time or another, but how to accomplish this is a different matter. I recently met with a friend nearing retirement who was ready for more. She wanted some honest life coaching to move from where she had been to where she wanted to go. Here’s how…

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Life is a Race

As has been said, “The race is not to the swift…” (Ecclesiastes 9:11) and “Let us run with perseverance the race that is marked out for us…” (Hebrews 12:1). Recently, our family has been viewing a number of race scenes from old TV programs, particularly “The Amazing Race” series as teams rush here and there…

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Monday Mottoes – #183

In my way of thinking, employees and people in general fall into two camps: conscientious and unconscious. I say employees because if you’re an employer, you usually fall or climb into the first group, or else you don’t stay an employer for long. It always amazes me how deadlines, in my opinion, are hard and…

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Bringing Kids on Business Appointments

No, no, no. Do not do this. Do I sound like Grumpy Cat, or what? I’m serious. This is the fastest way to deep-six your career, and believe me, I’m family-friendly. I know what it’s like to juggle a million things… and oops! What to do with the kids? Childcare or after school care or…

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Monday Mottoes – #181

Self-doubt and second-guessing run rampant. At a reception recently, yours truly functioned as a life coach, making the rounds of guests and offering my two cents which could probably easily equal two million dollars for the friends involved. People seem to gravitate to me for advice. This was strictly off-the-record and gratis, simply people going…

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Millenial Minds—Midterms or Mortgages?

Yet another mom has checked in with me, informing me that her 20-something child has just dropped out of the college. I don’t know if I’m hanging with the wrong crowd, but this is becoming an epidemic. I’m personally acquainted with four young people who kicked college to the curb. Then I realized: college-aged kids…

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Monday Mottoes – #180

Online learning and working and shopping makes life so smooth and streamlined. There’s really no need then to deal with traffic jams or nasty folks in the cubicle next to you. Yet, for all those gains comes isolation and learning to mix with others has its benefits. As the European Union considers requiring travel visas…