Lee Woodruff

SPEAKER – AUTHOR – MEDIA TRAINER

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Summer Bribes

When I joined my DNA with my husband’s, there were many unanswered questions. Would my recessive blonde genes triumph over his green eyes and dark hair?  Would our kids inherit his more mathematical and logical mind?  Would his laid back attitude trump my more tightly wired list-making one?  No matter. Those were all things we had  ...

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WHAT MY MOTHER IN LAW TAUGHT ME

These are some of the things I know to be true about my mother-in law: She believed without a doubt that her four sons were perfect.  And even if they weren’t, she never said otherwise in public.     She taught me to set up the coffee maker in the evening so all you had to do was push a button in the morning. The definition of a  ...

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Slowing Down Summer

It’s summer time.  And that means I’m going to be just a little bit quiet for the next eight weeks. It’s time to finish this next novel that’s dragged on like a bad cold for the past two years.  The book tour in the fall and then on the road again in the first of the year- the joy of this paperback release were amazing  ...

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The War Bike

There’s a butterfly scar on my left knee that I refer to as my war injury.  It’s the legacy of a spectacular crash into a metal telephone pole support, while riding what my sisters and I fondly called “The War Bike.”    The War Bike had been my mother’s childhood transportation in the years following World  ...

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IN PRAISE OF THE UNCOOL MOM

I always wanted one of those chatty, gabby mothers, the ones who set out the warm cookies and milk after school, eagerly hovering on both elbows to hear all about the day’s crushes, heartbreak and gossip.  I coveted the moms who begged to do their daughters make-up, twisted tresses into French braids and got excited about the latest elephant  ...

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Family Life

Digging in the Dirt

Most young children compete with their siblings for their parent’s affection. My sisters’ and my rivals, however, were my father’s plants.  He adored lush ferns and bright colors, lipstick red summer geraniums and the bold purple of miniature lobelia.  Our lawn was golf-course green and weed-free (and he was not above  ...

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Sisters Offer Support On All Occasions

Guest Blog by my sister, Nancy McLoughlin   The Hawaiian island of Kauai has a wild native weed that grows on its shores.  Its roots dig 30 feet into the lava soil, intertwining with those of their neighbors to form an unbreakable net, anchoring this groundcover to the earth.  It is hard to tell where one plant begins and the other  ...

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Marital Checklist

The run up to Valentines Day offers eternal love for couples.  Flowers, chocolates, hearts– even birds chirping for those lucky few.  But the reality of any relationship is hard work.  And not everyone is going to hit every box on the marital check list.  Sometimes the reality isn’t quite as sexy, but being there for the  ...

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Call Me…Maybe?

I hate the phone.  Let me just put that right out there.  Oh sure, I call my sisters and girlfriends to chat, usually when I’m driving or cruising the grocery store aisles.   I like a good old catch-up convo as much as the next gal.  But when expediency is called for, the phone can suck time like a black hole.  Set aside  ...

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Christmas Past and Future

I’m one of those people who never reads a book twice or doesn’t like to see a movie again.   But twenty years into my marriage, I broke my rule to re-read “Crossing to Safety” by Wallace Stegner.   The book had originally been a bridal shower gift from a friend of my in-laws, and I’m embarrassed to say I can no  ...

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