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Cait’s Thoughts on Friendship

I heard a song on the radio today by the country music star, Jason Aldean, called “Dirt Road Anthem.” This song is nostalgic because it reminds me of my best friends from school. I remember the day my friend Jenna said that this song would forever remind her of our group of friends and our ...

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Thoughts on Becoming a Mentor

Meet Ana. She is a passionate, effervescent young woman in her junior year at Hood College. She is a Davis Peace Prize recipient. Tonight she delivered a presentation about the fascinating work she did in Bosnia-Herzegovina over the summer. She has a passion for teaching and training. An eagerness for learning. And a mad desire ...

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Introducing Cait: Shooting Stars

I am always tickled by life’s way of silently providing exactly what I need and often, it is unexpected. The last couple of months for me have been a huge transition coming from six years of school and life with constant expectations, to a place where I have an abundance of free time. I graduated ...

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The Year’s Last Loveliest Smile

“Autumn…. the year’s last loveliest smile.” William Cullen Bryant This was the weekend I love. The ceremonial putting my gardens to bed. Urns and flower pots emptied, scrubbed, and stored for the winter. The buildings, once laden with vintage treasures, now a clean slate. We are both weary….ready for rest, my gardens and I. Longing ...

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Time Management for Leaders

I’m working on a Time Management for Leaders workshop that is a part of an on-going Leadership Training series for a client. The truth is…. I hate talking about Time Management. Hate it. Not sure if it’s because I don’t believe in it or just can’t do it myself. Then I found this quote. “When ...

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Staying Connected

When my sons were little, we loved our time at the beach. They would spend hours riding waves on their boogie boards. Dan and I would spend those same hours on the blanket, reading and people watching. Every few minutes I would look up to make sure my “babies” were still in our field of ...

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An After-Party Thanks to Sponsors Stauffer Funeral Home and The King of Christmas

Almost two weeks have passed since my garden party charity event and it’s still not business as usual. Shoes continue to arrive by mail, on my front doorstep, and from friends who were unable to attend but wanted to donate. Also, just days before the event, long after the pre-party thank you’s were dispersed to ...

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Passing the Torch: A Tribute to Dixie Miller

I was about 24 years old. Out of college just a short while and desperately trying to find my place in this post-academic world called real life. Hood College was sponsoring a women’s conference. It looked interesting so I registered to attend. The room was filled with women of all ages and places in their ...

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Must Love Shoes: Meet the “Flip Flop” Sponsors

On a suggestion of a friend, we created a new level of involvement for our garden party this year: The Flip Flop! Five fun & fabulous women signed up to show their support. I’d love for you to meet: Suzanne Levitt, co-owner of Christmas on the Hill, a local Holiday Artisan Market. Held every year ...

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Must Love Shoes: Meet our Five “Kitten” Level Sponsors

We’ve reached the next level of Sponsorship which is the “Kitten” level. Five women (and their organizations) are supporting our efforts to provide new shoes to local children in need. First, meet Dr. Mimi McLaughlin, owner of McLaughlin Family Chiropractic. I first met Mimi through our affiliation with Toastmasters International. She’s one of the most ...