Last week I returned to Pax River Naval Air Station to witness Captain Lisa Sullivan’s Navy retirement. I thought I would post something right after the ceremony, but honestly, I found I needed time to savor the event I experienced. As I walked into the aircraft hangar, I felt suddenly at home. Old memories washed […]


Later this week I am returning to Pax River to attend a Navy retirement ceremony for Captain Lisa Sullivan. This will be a very special event for me.  I first met Lisa after I graduated from Test Pilot School. She was a high school student considering going to the Naval Academy, and she wondered what […]

NO is a complete sentence

NO is a complete sentence. I remember when I got to flight school and my class date was delayed for a short three weeks. Disappointed? Yes. But it was only three weeks. I was assigned a temporary job during the interim and that is where I learned an important leadership lesson.  A single marine captain […]

You Gotta Start Somewhere

I’m starting today. After releasing my book, Flight Lessons: Navigating Through Life’s Turbulence and Learning to Fly High, I have been caught up in a whirlwind of activities – speaking engagements, webinars, and glorious book signings where I have been reconnecting with old friends and connecting with new ones. Coupled with some challenges on the home front […]


Today is an auspicious day for me – 2.22.22 because today my book officially releases!! One thing I always want to know is why an author writes a book so today I’ll share an excerpt with you: Why I tell my story I know what it’s like to walk into a room where I seemingly […]

Kick Off

Kick Off! You know the feeling of awaiting start of the football game. Fans are jostling with anticipation, the seats are humming … the coin has been tossed, the players line up and then … kick off!!! The game begins. Yesterday we kicked off our second semester at Vanderbilt. Amidst the anxiousness of Omicron and […]

Will you be my mentor?

“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” — Oprah Winfrey I love quotes and I love mentors. Putting the two together just makes me smile.  Mentors have helped me get to where I am today, and my hope is that my mentoring has helped others get to where they are […]

Polar Express

Seeing is believing.  One of my favorite holiday movies is The Polar Express. I watched it many, many times when my children were younger and honestly, I still watch it every year at Christmas. In this magical adventure of the night before Christmas, the central character Chris, better known as Hero Boy, is on a […]


Several years ago, my life was in the midst of a major transition. I was in a hard place. With my naval career behind me, I was searching to find my life’s next chapter. While I was doing some consulting in the aerospace sector, it didn’t seem to fill me up. As a means to […]