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Are you up for an honest self-assessment? If so, answer this question: On a scale of 10 (high) to 1 (low), where would you rank yourself as an encourager of others? Do you give freely? Or do you withhold from others even when it is within your power to give?

Can you recall a childhood event that made an indelible impact, changing the way you operate as an adult?  Obviously, the experiences we’ve had and choices that we’ve made shape the adults we become. But sometimes something so significant happens that a lasting imprint is left, consciously directing our actions.  For me, it happened when […]

Sunday was the memorial service for my father-in-law, Ed Wieringa, who died last Wednesday. He wanted no funeral, no flowers, and “no preacher prayin’ over me.” His family honored his wishes. However, the Spirit that binds us all together in love was clearly present in the room of nearly 300 people who came to celebrate […]

While considering the topic for this posting, my mail arrived.  One envelope contained a letter from a gentleman who had read my book, You CAN Teach a Pig to Sing.  Here is what he had to say: Dear Ms. Mapes, I recently read your new book, You CAN Teach a Pig to Sing.  Not only […]

Recently a company hired me to speak at one of their sales team meetings, and afterwards the senior sales manager asked if I’d taken forensics in high school. Her question sparked a memory I’d like to share with you. Although it’s been decades, I clearly remember being turned down two years in a row for […]