Once upon a time I had two blogs…one for family stuff and one for my own thoughts related to anything else. In this connected world where personal and family life spills over into professional work, I wondered why I was trying to keep the two separate. In 2018 I combined the two blogs into this blog.

If you’re looking for the everyday life of a typical midwestern family – read these posts.

If you are looking for my ramblings about communications, marketing, moms, youth sports or anything else – read these posts.


This is my favorite picture of my little family. That’s our 1998 Camry – a car we’ve had in the family for 20 years. We were selling it and decided to give it a proper farewell.

I’m a creative communicator living right smack dab in the middle of America. Well, not in the exact middle, but the geographic center of United States (the lower 48) is in my state – about 3 hours north. So, close enough. I have been to Midway USA, which is the mid point on Highway 50 between San Francisco and New York City. I know… be jealous.

Personally

I married into the Air Force and six moves, seven jobs, two kids, and one dog later, I ended up two miles from my childhood home.

We bought a house two blocks from my parents, so my husband is living Debra’s life from “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

My boys are 13 months apart. Our dog Ali is our comic relief and provides a level of comfort in an otherwise crazy world.

One of my biggest pet peeves is animals wearing clothes. The other is the overuse of the word “utilize.” Many see it as a synonym for “use,” but it’s really not. I think people use it to sound smart 😒.

And now that I have brought this to your attention, you will notice anytime someone uses the word “utilize.” You’re welcome.

Professionally

I’m a strategic communicator and self-proclaimed chief consistency officer.

I was a public relations and print journalism (gasp!) major at Kansas State University. Over the years I’ve worked at three advertising/pr firms, two non-profits and one trade association.

I’ve worked full-time, part-time and have been a stay-at-home mom. I understand the unique challenges women face in the workplace.

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