The Quest for Benton Harbor

In October of 1993, I needed a job. I was married to a sports columnist whose travel schedule was crazy, and I needed a job with flexible hours or we never saw each other. Whirlpool Corporation opened a customer service call center on Peters Road in West Knoxville. The center was 24 hours, and I […]

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“You Already Have the Key,” She Said.

I started applying for some jobs online the last few days. The only thing I hate more than this is online dating. In fact, in many ways they are the same. Job descriptions and online profiles rarely paint an accurate picture of what you’re getting. Both are usually a vague and boldly optimistic fantasy of what the […]

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Sunday Night Check-In: A Different Rhythm

“It’s Friday!!” a friend of mine posted on Twitter on Friday. Hmmmm … everyday is Saturday at the moment. When I started doing Sunday Night Check-Ins, it was a blog to mark the end of the weekend and the final countdown to the work week. But since tomorrow will have the same rhythm as today, […]

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Shattered

  Last Thursday I went into Asheville to visit my friend Lynn. She cut my hair, and we had planned to go out to dinner. We had a blast. It was a great day, and we both taught each other things about styling curly hair. She wanted to take some after pics for her Instagram […]

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My Wish for You, My Single Friend…

I have a friend who is newly single. I watched as she navigated her break-up with her significant other. I supported her as she went through the initial stages of grief .. anger .. bargaining .. denial … depression … acceptance. I let her talk … and cry .. and vent … and held her […]

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The Midlife ‘Awakening’ – Does It Have to Be a Crisis?

I doubt everyone has a midlife ‘crisis’, but I know a lot of people who are having one or have torn their lives apart as a result of one. I actually think of it more as a ‘waking up’ than a crisis. I was talking with a girlfriend this morning who said she thought she […]

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Looking for the Grand Adventure: The Elusive Attitude

I was talking with a girlfriend yesterday who also suffers from generalized anxiety. People who don’t have it just don’t understand how awful it is. No matter how much I try to ‘let go’, ‘cheer up’, ‘count my blessings’ or ‘turn it over’, my body and my mind latches onto an issue or a concern […]

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Walking the Invisible Bridge of Transition

As I’m processing the information I learned yesterday in The Time Between Dreams: How to Navigate Uncertainty in Life and Work, I have started to think about the different transitions I’ve made in life. Sometimes it feels like my 20s and 30s are a dream where I was sleepwalking through life. Career, work and complicated […]

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