Category Archives: family

Measure of a Man

To fathers who love, who pray, who shed a tear As they lay down their lives, in the big ways And sometimes the harder small ways, for our families At home, in our communities and across borders— I salute you. … Continue reading

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Your Roots, Your Backbone

Last week I had the honor of addressing the 2018 Winter Graduates of University of La Verne College of Arts and Sciences. Here is the speech. Traditionally commencement speeches contain life advice, words of wisdom, ideas on how to be … Continue reading

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Christmas Hope

Christmas is the one time of the year I truly embrace with unashamed childlike excitement. The years may have flown by and brought me children, grandchildren, joy, sadness, successes and failures, big moments, laughter and tears, losses and gains. Yet, … Continue reading

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Thank You

One of the things our parents drummed into our ears as children from the time we learned to talk was to say thank you (and please). We grew up saying Thank You for as many things as I can remember. … Continue reading

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MEN, Step Forward

October and the color purple, with hashtags #CATURNSPURPLE, #DVAM2017 spread across the Golden State and social media, remind the nation that this is Domestic Violence (DV) Awareness Month, designed to increase awareness and understanding of a topic not often brought … Continue reading

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Wish and Pray

As summer draws to a close and I know that those “lazy, hazy,” out of the ordinary days must end, I look across the glossy tanned bodies of eclectic people in their “itsy bitsy teeny weeny” sometimes non-existent bikinis, to the … Continue reading

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Dutiful Freedom

“Why can’t I have freedom to do what I want?” complained my eight-year-old grandson when he was asked to perform a task given him. “There are too many rules and duties,” he whined further. One of my goddaughters at age … Continue reading

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