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Orange is the New Dress!

From a successful real estate broker to a convicted felon, I now speak about the lessons learned in prison. Orange was the new dress; I wore to speak at Real Estate Success Rocks, convention in Charleston, SC. An engaging audience of 400 real estate brokers/owners from all over the country, made me feel welcomed beyond my …

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Waiting is difficult, we don’t wait well

We hate to wait, we have little patience, and a sense of expectation, we are entitled …and life is but a dream… The emergency room is not one of my favorite destinations, but inevitably I decided to pay them a visit yesterday. While sitting in my private room, with the curtain drawn, (I feel like I …

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The Prison for the Innocent

One of America’s greatest pleasures, aside from watching the Carolina Panthers kick some  butt, is eating and drinking!  C’mon, you know it.  Sharing food, sipping wine or chugging beer.  Yum-yum and belch. We did the same thing while at Alderson Federal Prison Camp, but our version of the bar were beaten and scratched aluminum picnic …

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Freedom Speaker asks…”Should I limit my news intake”?

Have you ever gone on a news fast?  I picked a card from “Table Topics”, yesterday and it has me thinking.  “Limit your news intake”. I tune into the news frequently, however, I seldom feel more educated or insightful…more like “played”.  Actually I feel worse.  Worse about the presidential candidates we have to choose from to be our next Commander …

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Mailed with a kiss

Mail is not what it used to be.  Walking to the mailbox is becoming extinct.  The option to go paperless has become quite popular, (when I think of paperless, why do I think of topless)? Opening the power bill, late fee notices, or my favorite, “air-duct cleaning” coupons, hardly warrant a desire to rush to the mailbox. Receiving …

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Sometimes the answer is “I don’t know”

Occasionally I’m asked, “Holly why do you do write this stuff”?  My answer is usually the same…”I really don’t know”.  So lately, I have been giving thought to the question. After giving thought, (and it wasn’t a passing thought, I really thought about it), my answer is still the same….”I really don’t know”. It’s my …

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The Gift of Laughter

  As I write this post this morning, I can’t help but laugh to myself.  (or at myself)  My oldest son is probably one of the funniest people I know.  It’s hard not to smile or laugh when he is around. Occasionally he is quiet, and when he is, I tend to have a concern. On June …

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The Last Supper at the Ritz!

Last night I was escorted to an intimate private dining room at the Ritz-Carlton.  It was nothing compared to where I choked on meals only a year ago, Alderson Federal Prison Camp.  This skilled group of 10 adults were invited to discuss the idea of “making meaning”. The setting was “executive-elegant”.  The acoustics were accordingly designed to minimize echoes which eliminated …

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