What Is This About? #endalz

April 25th, 2013

What a great week in Washington advocating for the Alzheimer’s Association.  I leave the entire conference inspired to keep working, fighting, and volunteering for this cause. I met so many heroes…from all over the country…heroes from right here in our communities in Iowa. If you have a family member or a friend that has been affected […]

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A Real Hero For A Cause: Myriam Marquez

April 23rd, 2013

Today kicked off the first day of the National Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C. This is the first time I have ever attended the advocacy forum – and came into it not knowing fully what to expect. Thus far, I have been amazed. This is the largest single gathering in history of people […]

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Touched

April 22nd, 2013

Last night I tweeted my blog post about being in Washington this week attending the National Alzheimer’s meeting in Washington that I am at this week. I am amazed by the number of people that have reached out to me about their own personal experiences in dealing with this illness in their own family.  I had […]

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A Big Week in Washington

April 22nd, 2013

It seems like I am in Washington all the time…each time filled with a variety of meetings that all seem important at the time. This week I am in Washington, D.C. at the National Alzheimer’s Association meetings. This is a disease that has increasingly touched many families, including mine. So, this week, the meetings seem […]

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No Excuse for A Failing Grade in Education

January 9th, 2013

When you become a parent, your priorities change.  You begin to view life through the prism of ensuring your child has every opportunity you had, and more. High among these priorities is ensuring your child has the best education possible, which is why a recent report issued by the education reform group Students First was […]

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Alzheimer’s

January 2nd, 2013

Alzheimer’s is a horrible disease that affects millions of Americans. This disease has affected my family…with my mom afflicted with this disease. If you can help support the victims of this disease…or their families..or help support research for its cure….I pray that you do so. Many thanks. For more information on how you can help, […]

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More Bogus Deals

January 2nd, 2013

The United States Congress has just passed a bill which has averted the country going over the “fiscal cliff.” If you score the package, there is $41 dollars in tax increases for every $1 dollar in spending decreases. Yes, I will write that again. If you score the package, there is $41 dollars in tax increases […]

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Happy Birthday, Mom

March 27th, 2012

Happy Birthday, Mom Today is my Mom’s birthday…she is 72 years old today! I am so thankful for so many things that my Mom has done for me…she was a real rock for me growing up…and it wasn’t easy for her, I know. I lost my Dad just before I was two years old and […]

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Lost Dreams

March 5th, 2012

I just lost a family member at a very young age…leaves behind a wife and two children after his sudden death. It is a clarion call to me and I hope to everyone that reads this post. Life is short….you never know how short. We often get distracted by the most mindless, meaningless things in […]

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Education Reform

February 24th, 2012

There is some discussion at the Iowa Statehouse about education reform, and some of it has recently garnered headlines. The Iowa Department of Education has a gameplan on education that is generally centered-on government first reform. Some Senate Republicans have focused on a more full-scale reform that reduces bureaucracy and returns power to parents and […]

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