Dig the Well Before You Are Thirsty

One of the joys of 2020 has been driving my mom around. She is 85 and since the weather turned warm enough, I have been taking her on long drives on Old Mission Peninsula and throughout Leelanau Country in vintage cars with broad bench seats...

The Power of Connection

Northern Michigan business owners won’t let COVID-19 take them down. While it's true the crisis is impacting the small business economy in ways we never could have anticipated, many of our local businesses have learned to stay agile and stay connected to their customers during the...

Triple Whammy: Three post-COVID-19 issues to consider

The global COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted business as usual for nearly all, especially in the areas of service workers, work from home options and racial inequalities. Service worker shortage. Many services organizations cannot find labor to fill jobs. This was a problem last year, but it...

Letting Go of Normal

I have the honor of owning a 1915 Ford Model T that was delivered new that year to its first owner in Traverse City. It is painted black (the only color Ford offered back then) and it has the last of the brass radiators that...

Heroes Don’t Wear Capes

Heroes don’t wear capes, they wear scrubs, business suits, dresses, overalls, khakis and blue jeans. As the COVID-19 virus moves across the world and spreads in the Grand Traverse region, I am witnessing our community rising with heart, determination and collaboration to meet this immense challenge. As...

Girls + Math + Science = Success

I have spent most of my career in male-dominated fields, having graduated from engineering school at a time when only one out of every four women enrolled would earn a degree. When I entered the male-dominated field of patent law – which requires both law...

Traveling Through Heartbreak

One of the focuses in this month's TCBN is on travel, meetings and events. After a tragic and life-changing experience three years ago, I have personally discovered the powerful and healing benefits that traveling can offer. Today I live with a renewed focus on creating...