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Life As A Coloring Book

To this day, I can still see my grandma bringing out the metal tin and remember the smell of crayons take over the room.  Most of the crayons were missing their paper and half the size they once were.  I have always admired my grandmothers coloring skills, but this was especially so in my elementary […]

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Adults and Social Media

The open discussion on technology and bullying has been quite prevalent in the past few years with regards to how our kiddos are using and being affected by social media.  While I find research and continued conversation about this to be extremely useful and helpful, I would like to have an open discussion on how […]

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Millennials In The Workplace

Because I couldn’t write it better, plus he has neat glasses. A challenge to all Omaha business’s, big or small, to create a work environment to help build confidence with our Millennials.   Build Confidence.  Build Patience.  No cell phones in meetings.  

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Family Through Friends, Friends Through Neighborhood

I have recently begun the discussion of community, neighborhood and sense of belonging.  For me, these concepts are continuously illustrated by memories of my grandparents and, more recently, a very real situation involving my grandmother.  She turned 90.  Yep the big 9-0, and when asked what she wanted to do for the day (besides have […]

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Because You Really Did The Best You Could

Brené Brown discusses a theory in her book “Rising Strong” that all people, every day, are truly doing the best they can.  It took me more than a minute to wrap my head around her narrative.  In fact, I put the book down with a “Brené, you have really lost your mind on this one!” […]

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Smothered In Queso

As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, I grew up in a house of food.  A very stereotypical Midwestern home where you eat when you are happy, you eat when you are sad, casseroles are taken with the birth of a new baby or death of a family member.  You eat your feelings whether they are […]

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Creating Community Connection

I still remember walking into Big Red, a hole in the wall in small town Nebraska, with my grandfather on a Saturday morning.  The smell was that of strong black coffee and my grandfather’s Old Spice cologne.  Gary, the owner, would greet everyone that walked through the front door by their first names.  He was […]

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Calling All Mentors

Calling on all potential mentors, young and old alike.  As we all get into the swing of a summer routine, it becomes evident once again that the kiddos in our community need to be engaged over the summer.  While there are summer programs, sports camps and STEM outings, we still see kiddos in our office […]

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Am I Enough?

It is loud living downtown.  Sometimes I forget just how noisy it is until I slip back home to a smaller Midwestern town.  Stepping onto my parents’ porch at 10 o’clock at night is eerily quiet.  Society is moving away from having quiet unplugged lives.  We are constantly “told” to check our email at home, […]

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Crazy Cat Lady

It is kitten season. Those of you that know me, probably know this is one of my favorite times a year. Never heard of kitten season? Let’s say love is in the air and little tootsie-roll-sized bundles of cuteness are soon to appear. In droves. Seriously, though; get your cat spayed or neutered. Ok enough […]

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