“…with a little help from my friends.”

“Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other women who have her back.” Unknown

Sean, Myra, Vikki, Kimberley

Sean O’Keefe, me, Vikki Locke and Kimberley Kennedy

This has been one of the best weeks of my professional career. My tribe really outdid themselves.

On Tuesday, January 12th my memoir, Building A Life You Love After Losing the Love of Your Life officially launched with an event at Georgia Public Broadcasting. Continue reading

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Driving with Mama

With Mama at Tallulah Gorge

With Mama at Tallulah Gorge

“Where do you want to go now?” I asked Mama. We were in Clarkesville, the next town north of where she lives. We’d driven there after lunch to go to the funeral of her next-door neighbor’s daughter. We’d already had lunch and it was a beautiful day so I didn’t want to go straight back home. Continue reading

How old is senior?

Young lady or old woman?

Young lady or old woman?

It happened today. For the first time. I always knew it was coming but I guess you’re never prepared.

“Are you using your senior discount today,” the clerk at Kroger asked.

“No,” I said automatically. Then, “What’s the age for senior discount?” I wanted to know how old she thought I looked. Continue reading

Serious About Comedy: What We Can Learn About Success from Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers photoI admired Joan Rivers. Yes, she was crude. Yes, she was rude. Yes, she had way too much plastic surgery. She was also a trailblazer and a hard working woman with much to teach us about life and business. I’ve watched her for years and saw the documentary of her life which gave an inside view of the woman behind the character. As the world pays tribute now in the days after her death, here are some things I learned from observing Joan Rivers that many of us can apply to our own businesses. Continue reading

Relax! It’s a thing.

“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”

–Sydney J. Harris,  Author “Winners and Losers”

Wispy Clouds

Wispy Clouds

“Just relaxing.”

This is the answer I sometimes get when I ask one of my male friends what he’s doing or what he’s been up to. On the other hand most of my women friends are likely to say something like Continue reading

Ode to Mama

Can you believe I finally found a card to “Mama?” Not “Mother” or “Mom”?

Mama & Myra

Myra and Mama

Several years ago I was frustrated trying to find a birthday card for Mama on her birthday. I wrote a poem for her instead. Later when I published the small gift book, “Mama Always Says…”  I included the poem and story of why I wrote it. She loves it! In fact, if you go by the store where she works, she may pull out a copy and do a book signing for you right there!

In honor of Mother’s Day I’m reprinting the “Ode to Mama” and poem from the book. Although I finally found a card to “Mama” this poem explains why I love my Mama. I think you’ll agree, they just don’t make cards for Mamas who are strong, sassy and bold! Continue reading