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Shout-outs for exceptional people in my life

Shout Out for Jean Pastor Hoffmann


“Mom for Mayor!” was my campaign cry from afar as Jean Hoffmann ran for mayor of my hometown. There was one day during the campaign that Hubby & I were visiting, and I’m grateful there’s a photo of me supporting Mom. The people voted to #KeepMarionTheSame, and that’s their loss. But I focus on the success Mom had. She told me the story of a high school student and his mother who stopped in campaign headquarters one weekend. The young man was discouraged because he wanted to work and no one would give a teenager a chance. Mom was impressed by how he conducted himself and the effort his mother was making to provide opportunities for her son, so Mom made a phone call and the young man now has a job at a local fast-food restaurant. The day after the disappointing election results I encouraged Mom that if that is the only difference she made (and it isn’t) then the whole campaign was worth it. She showed interest and gave encouragement, and she helped to change that boy’s life for the better. So maybe the voters didn’t want to #ChangeMarion, but my Mom still will.

I love you, Mom, and I’m proud of you.


The Pink Brick Home Is For Sale

pink brick home

2503 Kings Forest, Kings Forest Village, Kingwood, Texas
Marketed by Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty
sales associate Gwyn Gifford. SOLD!

SOLD! The beloved pink brick home, inspiration for my blog, is active on the market. A trusted friend and colleague, Gwyn Gifford, is serving as Hubby & my listing agent.

Shout Out for Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty



It was a proud morning in the ballroom of River Oaks Country Club when 116 Martha Turner Sotheby’s sales associates were celebrated for achieving the “Circle of Excellence” accolade. Here I am receiving my award from founder Martha Turner and co-president Tom Anderson. Tom encouraged, “You did it again!” and Martha complimented that she liked my boots. Yep, I wore my property-showin’ Old Gringos to the awards ceremony.

I am privileged and honored to be affiliated with my broker, Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty.

Running Into The Light

I’m re-blogging a post by a beautiful young woman who is, among many things, an amazing writer, artist, and teacher. And she’s the oldest daughter of one of my best friends and colleagues. I love her for sharing her thoughts and heart.

From A to Z

“ The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” John 1:5

I have always felt cliche when I say, “I used to be afraid of the dark.” Or better yet, “I’m still a little afraid of the dark.” Every sleep over, awkward ice breaker or faltering new encounter always somehow gets to this question, and every time there is a cacophony of individuals finding solidarity in this same fear: the darkness. As a child, the dark corners of my room were OBVIOUSLY filled with demons and monsters, and every tree in the dwindling sunset held captive the evil ready to pounce behind it. The dark woods in Beauty and The Beast? Forget about it. Power outage at NIGHT in Jurassic Park? Horrifying. The Nickelodeon show, Are You Afraid Of The Dark? OF COURSE I AM. Even my sweet JZ confessed that he would run…

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The Sweetest Compliment Ever

gorgeous girl

Throughout my life I’ve been told I strike a resemblance to the likes of Cheryl Tiegs, Christie Brinkley, Olivia Newton-John, Deborah Harry (Blondie), and Michelle Pfeiffer. While I’m not sure I believe I look like these famous beauties, I see where people see the common broad face and blonde hair, and these are surely flattering and humbling compliments. But then my brother sent this picture of my niece and told me that he thinks his daughter looks a lot like me when I was her age. I am grateful for the family resemblance, and, wow, to say that gorgeous little girl looks like her Auntie is the highest compliment of my life. I am feeling especially blessed by my family: my Mom, who is my biggest fan of this blog and all my endeavors; my brother, who is such a good-hearted and creative person; and now my niece, who is this darling next generation of our family. Thanks for letting me share.


Shout Out for Steve Hoffmann

Check out my brother’s current show! Steven J. Hoffmann is Supervising Story Producer for SOS Island. It’s reality entertainment but not exactly reality television. This is a web-based production, and the contestants are social media “stars” who bring large followings to build the audience for this competition. The sponsor created and owns SOS Island so they have full control over the content, including heavy product placement. Check it out and vote for your favorite.

I am super proud of you, little Brother!

Shout Out for Stephanie Stein

Happy Birthday to Stephanie Stein! Stephanie is a successful entrepreneur who has built her model/talent management company into one of the most recognized agencies in the mid-west. If you’re interested in modeling or acting opportunities for yourself or your child, contact S2 Management. Stephanie develops and places talent for work in commercial markets and launches high-fashion models for careers in “A” markets. More importantly, Stephanie is a loyal friend, fierce mother and active community volunteer. She has a heart of gold and walks out sacrificial love. The world is a better place because God brought one of my best friends into it 50 years ago today.

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