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Calling Out Racial Bias (Kindly)

Choose wisely. Sometimes we have days, even weeks, to anticipate the choices we will make in a difficult conversation.  Other times the opportunity is suddenly before us and we tiptoe trepidatiously into unknown waters.  The latter was the setting for Kellie and I as we spoke innocuously about immigration, heart-centered communication, and other matters.

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A Risky Interview with a Seattle Radio Station

When I was a teenager, I took risks. Like perching precariously underneath a train bridge to see what it felt like when a train went over. Not one of my wisest moments. But now that I’m older and so much more mature, I take “calculated” risks. Like agreeing to be interviewed by a Seattle radio station.

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The Petak Who Didn’t Want to Move to Colorado

There was one Petak who didn’t want to move to Colorado. He loved his home, his friends, his familiar hangouts, watching bluebirds every spring check out the houses for rent in the backyard. So, when the night came to load up the last of the riff-raff and pile in the car, he whined, even caterwauled. Heels dug in.

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11 Upside-Down New Year’s Resolutions

I love New Year’s Resolutions. Writing down my wide-eyed dreams for the next 365 days gives me great hope. But then, I hate New Year’s Resolutions. Because around the middle of April I realize just how pie-in-the-sky they really were. Take my recurring annual goal, “Get Organized.” I’ve learned it’s about as easy to accomplish as shoveling snow in the middle of a blizzard. At some

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Dinner in the Liberal Lion’s Den

“HATE HAS NO PLACE HERE,” their buttons blared from their jacket lapels as they stood at Kellie’s back door. I recoiled. Clearly, the liberal couple wore the buttons to make a statement against me, the conservative guest who voted for Trump, right? I resisted my gut instincts that told me to bolt and opened the

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Communication Advice for Your Thanksgiving Holiday

With our Thanksgiving holiday this week, you might be anxious about sharing the same space with family and friends who hold different political views. Certainly, emotions are running high on all sides after the recent election. For my communication advice, I considered telling you to, “Just stick with the weather and the turkey,” but that really depends

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