Interesting Visit To Share

October 31, 2009

Last Friday and part of Saturday Grandpa Ron and I were on the campus of Central College in Pella, Iowa. I am on the National Advisory Committee, which meets once a year on campus to advise the college president. We also had a tour of the new Education and Psychology Building which is one of the highlights of sustainability initiatives on the campus. It is a very beautiful building – and very GREEN! Go environment! Central is hoping to attain a LEED Platinum rating for the newest green building on campus.

Have A Great Day, Everyone!

October 29, 2009

Stay warm! We arrived in Pella, IA, today for a multi-day meeting. It is cold and rainy! Brrrrr!

Back to Work!

October 28, 2009

It was hard getting back to work today after such a great conference!

Kudos to

October 27, 2009

The 2009 Women’s Conference is (for yet another year) a totally awesome experience – even as a webcast!

Yesterday was fantastic -we were there in person. Today is/was as well! We are watching the webcast from a conference room at work. The conference attendees are moving to their breakout sessions right now, so the webcast is on hold. This is after the very moving story by Maria Shriver about her mother’s last days and the panel of Maria, Elizabeth Edwards, Susan Saint James and Lisa Niemi (Patrick Swayze’s wife) about grief, healing and resilience. Wow!

Check out the website because there are lots of clips, photos and streaming available!

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Looking Forward to…..

October 26, 2009

On my way to the Long Beach Conference Center! I’m looking forward to the Day of Transformation of the Women’s Conference! Yes!

The 2009 Women’s Conference

October 25, 2009

I am looking forward to tomorrow for the Day of Transformation as the start of The 2009 Women’s Conference. This year is the first time the Monday sessions have been offered. I feel lucky to have gotten these tickets. I was logged in less than 5 minutes after ticket sales started (last July!) yet I was over 1000 in the waiting line and all the Tuesday main event tickets were gone by the time my turn came. So I helped organize a conference room at work so we could drop in during the day and watch the live webcast. You can click on the link here and watch it yourself as well. Learn how to be an architect of change and then pass it on!

This is a totally fantastic opportunity to take part in. I hope you do check it out!

What do women want? What they are saying is here.

Who is speaking at the 2009 Women’s Conference? Besides Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger? The List is here. Pretty awesome!

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Long Beach Day Nursery Book Reading

October 24, 2009

Lana from Caught in the Moment sent me some pictures from the reading I did of Grandpa, Do It! I Do It, Too! at the Long Beach Day Nursery back in June. This is my favorite one of all – It is Grandpa Ron and Austin – with Grandpa taking a picture, too! The children at Long Beach Day Nursery enjoyed the story and were very eager to share their own experiences with their grandparents or at least with static electricity – and the plastic slide! In fact, they voted to read it a second time!



Thanks for the photos, Lana!

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First Photos of Abigail

October 23, 2009

Cyndi, Aron, Austin and Grandma Teresa had a chance to see baby Abigail today in 3D/4D Ultrasound. Cyndi posted the pictures on her Facebook. Abigail slept through the whole thing! She’s so cute! Here are sample photos of babies at 29 weeks, the same age as Abigail. Here are some fun before & after photos!

Sierra Club Winter Tracks

October 21, 2009

Just read through my Sierra Club magazine tonight. I really enjoyed the article written by Peter Frick-Wright called Winter Tracks: Seeking a guilt-free winter break, with snowboard and train ticket. I linked it to share with you, too. He went from Portland, Oregon to Glacier National Park and Whitefish, Montana. It’s quite an exhilarating story!

Grandpa, Do It! I Do It, Too! Finalist in USA Book News National Best Books 2009 Awards

October 20, 2009

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Grandpa, Do It! I Do It, Too! Finalist in USA Book News National Best Books 2009 Awards

Grandpa, Do It! I Do It, Too! is an Award-Winning Finalist in the Children’s Mind/Body/Spirit category of the National Best Books 2009 Awards sponsored by USA Book News.

LOS ANGELES –, the premiere online magazine and review website for mainstream and independent publishing houses, announced the winners and finalists of THE NATIONAL “BEST BOOKS” 2009 AWARDS (NBBA) on October 20, 2009. Over 500 winners and finalists were announced in over 140 categories covering print and audio books. Awards were presented for titles published in 2009 and late 2008.

Jeff Keen, President and CEO of, said this year’s contest yielded an unprecedented number of entries, which were then narrowed down to over 500 winners and finalists.

Keen says of the awards, now in their seventh year, “The 2009 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the United States. With a full publicity and marketing campaign promoting the results of NBBA, this year’s winners and finalists will gain additional media coverage for the upcoming holiday retail season.”

Winners and finalists traversed the publishing landscape: Simon & Schuster, Penguin, W.W. Norton, Revell, McGraw-Hill, John Wiley & Sons, Thomas Nelson, American Cancer Society, Greenleaf Book Group, Sourcebooks & hundreds of independent houses contributed to this year’s outstanding NBBA competition. Keen adds, “NBBA’s success begins with the enthusiastic participation of authors and publishers and continues with our distinguished panel of industry judges who bring to the table their extensive editorial, PR, marketing, and design expertise.” is an online publication providing coverage for books from mainstream and independent publishers to the world online community. USABN Magazine Online is the monthly electronic magazine e-mailed free to a large cross-section of the book buying public. JPX Media, in Los Angeles, California, is the parent company of

A complete list of the winners and finalists of the National “Best Books” 2009 Awards are available online at

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