Kate Russell

Learning to do it better

Make Your Joy Be Heard

Scrawled across the foggy hotel mirror, those words have altered the journey of my life. Forever. I wrote them as inspiration to myself and my two roommates on the morning of my first barbershop chorus competition. Singing has always been... Continue Reading →

My Fan Club

How big is my fan club? As little girls and boys, we had heroes, icons of theater, music, sports, or anything else that caught our eye. It became something we measured ourselves against and by. Holly Hobby Fan Club Kits... Continue Reading →

Mimosa Monday

Apparently, mid-February is a good time for a mimosa brunch. With most of our friends being older and less excitable over Valentine’s Day propaganda, the day off work provided by past presidents serves as well as any to bring friends... Continue Reading →

Processes of Culture Change: Acculturation

Culture is defined as the social customs, institutions, and achievements of a particular group of people. Cultures can be unique to specific regions, religious groups, ethnic groups, or families, to name a few. Acculturation occurs when one group adopts some... Continue Reading →

How much is too much? Or too fast?

In 2010, a car plowed through my neighbor’s house. In 2012, on Thanksgiving, our car was sideswiped by a hit and run driver. Last July, a car destroyed our hedges and fence, bouncing off our house just above the gas... Continue Reading →


Realizations are funny things. They strike us unexpectedly. “Out of the blue,” as it were. The white noise of random thoughts suddenly gives way to a clarity and an insight prior to unseen, unknown, unconsidered. Realizations are most profound when... Continue Reading →

Realistic New Year’s Resolutions

Some people swear by their New Year’s resolutions, saying that they provide a benchmark and a reasonable time frame. Others scoff at the idea of a New Year’s resolution without realizing that setting goals, at any time of year, is... Continue Reading →

Lies of Childhood

Every fairytale has an evil queen, a mean ogre, or something along those lines. But how did they get that way? Were they born bad tempered and power hungry? And what can we do about the bullies in our immediate... Continue Reading →

Holiday Plant Care

Poinsettias, Amaryllis, and miniature Christmas trees make delightful gifts during the holiday season, but they need special care to last. Two plants couldn’t be more different than poinsettias and miniature pine trees, and their care is equally different. In each... Continue Reading →

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