The Agony of Making Decisions

“Don’t be afraid of change. You may lose something good, but you may gain something better.” Unknown Making a life-changing decision is seldom simple. It’s not as stark as choosing between black and white. Our palette is usually somewhere on a spectrum in a myriad of gray. There are rarely win-win solutions. That’s a myth.Continue reading “The Agony of Making Decisions”

Media Makeover: When News was News and Facts were Facts

Did you read, watch, or listen to news coverage of the release of the redacted Mueller report on April 18? If you did, the precise details of what you heard, saw, and/or read depended in large part on the TV network, newspaper, digital publication, or radio station you chose. If you watched Fox News, you wereContinue reading “Media Makeover: When News was News and Facts were Facts”

The Toxicity of Shame

I’m not sure who first identified the acronym for shame, but it’s spot-on: Should Have Already Mastered Everything. In other words, I should be perfect. I should understand this. I should know how to do this. I should… fill in the blank. Author Brené Brown, who spent many years researching shame says, “Where perfectionism exists,Continue reading “The Toxicity of Shame”

Real Men Eat Quiche: And They Cry Too

Not long ago, my 4 ½ year old granddaughter, Charli, and I were playing while her little sister napped. She was smitten with some superhero character she had seen on TV and began to act out a battle scene. But, when Charli got a little too rambunctious I said to her, “Be careful honey. YouContinue reading “Real Men Eat Quiche: And They Cry Too”

Seashells and Balloons:

Remembering College Basketball’s Most Unconventional Coach Al McGuire and Dick Enberg with the author circa 1980-something. Forty-two years ago, on March 28, 1977, Marquette University Basketball Coach Al McGuire had a date with destiny. Three months earlier he had thrown the college basketball world a curveball, announcing his retirement, effective at the end of theContinue reading “Seashells and Balloons:”

United by Neverland

Wade Robson, Director Dan Reed, and James Safechuck from the documentary film “Leaving Neverland.” I was ten years old when my family moved into a new neighborhood in our little Midwestern town. That summer, an older boy who lived a couple blocks away befriended me. He wasn’t an international superstar but he had something commonContinue reading “United by Neverland”