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Updated Jun 28, 2012 - 7:44 am

Why there's no such thing as 'having it all' -- and there never will be

This article -- Why is 'having it all' just a women's issue? -- is getting a ton of buzz.

For good reason.

My first thought was, "Who asked you?"

I realize that Ann Marie Slaughter has acheived a large measure of professional and personal success, by most people's stadards.

But in the article, she writes that a friend of hers implored her "not to write" a column about how women can't have it all. She thought maybe too many women would believe her and stop trying.

"Having it all" is perhaps the most personal sentiment we can feel as humans -- it is a feeeling that resides in our hearts and souls next to gratitude and inner happiness, and dare I say, peace.

For some women, having it all means having a solid marriage, healthy children and a garden in the back yard.

For others it means a high-powered career and influential circle of friends.

Still others want a combination of the two.

And the feeling that cannot possibly "have it all" because of the natural limits put on us by our everyday circumstances is most certainly not limited to those of the female persuasion.

In the end, perhaps it is as Ellen Goodman said, we can all have everything, just not at the same time.

About the Author

Years with the company: Just started with Bonneville, but have worked for and with KTAR AM and FM since 1991.

Career: I always knew my career would be touched by news. I started as a news intern in 1991 and eventually reported news and sports, and anchored newscasts at KTAR when it was an AM, news/talk/sports station. I went to work at the Attorney General's Office in 1995, as a spokesperson for the 300 attorneys there, and for Attorney General Grant Woods. I returned as a part-time host and host of Arizona's Morning News Saturday in 2001.

Education: I escaped Catholic school early when the nuns wanted me to skip the second grade. I found my independent voice at a private grade school in Painesville, Ohio, then called Phillips Elementary. The teachers there encouraged us to ask questions and challenge the status quo. They took us on mind-opening trips and never once treated us like children. I am grateful for those years! I left Ohio in 1988 to attend Arizona State University because I knew I wanted to live in the West. I majored in Journalism and interned at KTAR in the newsroom my senior year.

Family: I am the last of nine children and my parents were undoubtedly looking at retiring when I was born. I was raised early on mostly by my five wonderful sisters. I have so many first cousins that I haven't yet met most of them.

Favorite movie: Caddyshack and anything by John Hughes.

#1 sports team: NL Diamondbacks. AL Cleveland Indians. Gotta love a team whose mascot is named Chief Wahoo.

Outside interests: Working out, cooking, traveling and reading a great book.


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