Do you remember learning about “stranger danger” when you were little? I remember big school assemblies where they would tell us not to talk to strangers. This resulted in my constant fear about some scary guy in a van at the playground who would surely jump out and kidnap me. Our parents and teachers were doing their best trying to [...]
Once again we’ve experience a tragic shooting in a public place. This time it was at an airport. Before that, it was a nightclub, a college, a church, a school, and all the “smaller scale” shootings that don’t make the news. The fear can be paralyzing. Is the response to hide in our homes? Or should we all arm ourselves [...]
Lately, I’ve been shocked to see a common thread coming across my Facebook feed. Is it a crazy new recipe for pumpkin pie? Nope, “Creepy Clown” concerns. My friends all over the country are complaining on Facebook because schools are allowing excused absences due to creepy clown fear. Then it hit home. I got a text from my kid’s school reporting [...]
The recent news that Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint while in her hotel room is frightening. Even a person with all the money in the world to hire a security team was still vulnerable to thieves. There are a few super easy steps you can take to stay safe in a hotel room.
They say our home is our castle. Although we don’t live in the middle ages anymore (and even if we did I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have been living in a castle) our home is still a sacred space. Most of us are fairly picky about who we allow in our home, especially when we’re not there. The thought of [...]
It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since the world changed. Just like you, I’ll never forget where I was that morning. Every year I shed tears for those we lost and their families. I mourn for the innocence that was shattered on September 11th, 2001. With emotions still raw, talking to our kids about that day can be [...]
Are you a lion or a wildebeest? I had a supervisor who used to ask me that question. Some days after working 24 hours straight and feeling like I just couldn’t possibly deal with one more bad guy or one more politician in DC, I would reply "wildebeest sir". His response, “not acceptable Agent Ryan.” "Yes, sir" was all I [...]
This past weekend I had the opportunity to meet with a group of moms & daughters in the St. Louis area. Most of the daughters are preparing to leave for college in a few short weeks. As you can imagine, the moms are a little nervous about their eighteen-year-old daughters leaving the nest or the first time. The constant bombardment [...]