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Sometimes unexpected events cause our world to stop and speak of nothing else. I will never forget when the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit the West Indian Island country of Haiti...

Over the past few weeks I have been telling anyone who will listen that it’s great to be 40…again! Those that know me roll their eyes while those who don’t are...

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“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ― William Arthur Ward Well, if you are a calendar watcher, today is the first day of...

I have always been fascinated by storm chasers. They seem to be a special breed that load up into cargo vans outfitted with all kinds of scientific equipment and chase down nature in its most disruptive state. They head toward things that most of us would avoid at all cost. I am sure they have a thrill seeker gene, but they have directed that impulse to science and finding answers to mysteries of the havoc that can be created in the natural world. They choose to chase storms, but they are unique only in what they are seeking. I think we all chase something. Lately at the office I have been considering what our team at the Southwest Florida Community Foundation chases. Some might think we are always seeking new streams of funding to be able to do more work in the community, but that is not the case.
I have learned in life that there are just some questions and answers that are best to avoid.  Of course we all know from basic party etiquette to avoid politics, religion and controversial topics in certain situations like a family reunion, but the questions I am talking about are not nearly as weighty and can come out of nowhere. They are seemingly innocent in nature, but can still pack a wallop if not handled with care.  I am talking about the “do these pants make me look fat?” or “what do you think of my new headshot?” variety of inquiries.  Depending on who is asking and who is answering these types of Q and A’s can cause a wide range of reactions.  In the role of answerer one is never quite sure if the questioner wants an honest response.