Rhonda Cagle

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Change Often Follows Fear

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2014 at 6:00 pm

People often ask the question, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” I have a different question: What would you do if you were afraid?

Photo courtesy of Nicole Cottrell, modern reject.com

Photo courtesy of Nicole Cottrell, modern reject.com

I wish hard choices and change occurred from a place of comfort and complacency. For me, it often takes fear, uncertainty, and even anger to prompt change. It’s what I’m writing about in my latest column for the Arizona Republic. I hope you’ll read along. http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/southwest-valley/2014/08/14/fear-can-drive-people-change/14074569/

Pots, Plants, and Thoughts for My Daughter

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2014 at 4:37 am

It’s been a week full of milestones and memories. My daughter Megan graduated with her Masters degree and turned 21 – all in the same week. 

Sitting on my patio, reflecting on these moments, I found my fingers curling around a small pot that sits on my outdoor dining table. It’s a pot that has, frankly, seen better days. It’s garish – green paint peeling away from red terra cotta and Van Gogh-styled flowers circling its exterior. But my daughter made this pot for me many years ago and I would rather part with my right arm than with this pot.


In many ways, my daughter’s life is rooted in this pot. I’m writing about it in my latest column for the Arizona Republic. I hope you’ll read along. http://t.co/Uglcu43GnD

New Year, Like Newborn, Needs Love and Believing

In Uncategorized on January 1, 2014 at 11:23 am

A New Year has a lot in common with a new baby. At first it’s all shiny and new, filled with endless possibility. Six weeks later, it’s harder and more complicated and tiring than you imagined. And there’s no instruction manual to be found. (Below is my newborn daughter and me, circa 1993)


But the New Year, like a new baby, needs love and believing. It’s what I’m writing about in my latest Arizona Republic column. http://t.co/4RJJLnoJp9

Developing Leadership

In Uncategorized on December 5, 2013 at 7:39 am

My husband was recently a part of the 10th class to graduate from the Hispanic Leadership Institute-West’s program. In layman’s terms, the 10-week institute helps people like my husband connect passion with purpose so they can positively impact the lives of people our community.

He stood alongside a policeman, community college administrator, human resources manager, secretary and hotel marketing manager to receive his certificate of completion. Each individual wrote a pledge, articulating how he or she will use this education and newly expanded network to change the lives of neighbors.

As I took pictures of his graduating class and also snapped photos with our friends, City of Avondale Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers and Senator Anna Tovar, I noticed my stepson watching proudly from the sidelines. He was learning what it takes to serve our community, catching a glimpse of what his own future can hold.


You can read more about Valle del Sol’s Hispanic Leadership Institute and my experiences in watching my husband participate in this program in my latest column for the Arizona Republic. http://t.co/P7kwU9wfE2


Making Space to Say Grace

In Uncategorized on November 20, 2013 at 7:29 am

A motley crew will be gathering at my home.

In just a few days, my husband and I will kick off the holidays with what I affectionately call our “gratitude gathering.” An assorted mix of family, friends and business colleagues will gather in our backyard to share a drink, nibble on an appetizer, catch up with old friends and make new ones. Most importantly, we will begin the holidays by counting our blessings.


For many of us, life is hard and the thought of gathering to kick off the holidays with gratitude seems a lofty ambition. Which is precisely why we’re doing it. Each of us is profoundly broken in one way or another, yet every one of us is richly blessed. Sometimes it takes a gathering of the imperfect to see just how perfectly blessed we truly are.

You can read more about this idea of creating a time and space to say grace in my latest column for the Arizona Republic. http://t.co/MrvujJSHUM

Counting On Landmarks When Life Takes a Detour

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Learning to drive, my dad took great delight in asking me which way was north. He would laugh as I got a deer-in-the-headlights look and struggled to get oriented.

Fast-forward 30 years and not much has changed. I’m still terrible with directions. It’s especially challenging as I spend a good part of my job driving in new cities, navigating unfamiliar roads on an almost weekly basis. Although GPS is my new best friend, I still look for landmarks as I make my way from one airport, hotel or conference room to the next.


(photo courtesy of DailyWorth.com)

Perhaps this experience is why I’m thinking so much about the landmarks in life. Maybe it’s why I’m writing about the importance of finding true north and why this seems a perfect metaphor for life’s circumstances and unexpected detours.

You can read more in my latest column for the Arizona Republic.  http://t.co/f47cOQh4an

It’s the Little Things

In Uncategorized on October 23, 2013 at 7:22 pm

In my latest column for the Arizona Republic, I’m writing about the little things in life that make a big difference. Flowers, football games, and friends make the list.


Read more and join in the conversation. http://www.azcentral.com/community/swvalley/articles/20131021cagle-little-bits-and-pieces-form-big-picture-of-life.html?nclick_check=1

Who’s A Good Dog?

In Uncategorized on October 11, 2013 at 10:49 am

My latest column for the Arizona Republic pays tribute to the life of Emmy, my dog. She is the reason I said yes when my husband asked me out on a date.


Without question, her life changed mine, so it’s only fitting that I chronicle the pain of saying goodbye to this beloved friend with four floppy paws and a perpetually happy outlook on life. http://t.co/l21tzoygSz

Become A Hero To A Hungry Kid

In Uncategorized on September 13, 2013 at 5:06 pm

The world needs more heroes. Not the kind in leotards and capes, but the ones who show up with a bag of food and turn hunger into hope for a hungry child. Heroes like my friends Lisa and Vince, who do this every week for more than 1,000 hungry children through Kitchen on the Street, a non-profit agency they founded.


They have help, of course. Help from more than 1,800 friends like you and me. Folks who have discovered what a few hours of time, a few dollars, and a few cans of food can do. To a hungry child looking for his or her next meal, it’s nothing short of heroic – even miraculous. You can read about it in my latest column for the Arizona Republic. http://t.co/QO80J6lH8C

An Autumn Kind of Mood

In Uncategorized on August 28, 2013 at 7:43 pm

It’s late summer, but I’ve already turned the page in my emotional calendar. I’m yearning for fall; red leaves, sweaters, and anything pumpkin. 


I can’t stop leafing through autumn-themed cookbooks, drooling over anything that calls for cinnamon, cloves, or ginger. You can read about my longing for fall in my latest column for the Arizona Republic. http://t.co/RYww16XWW9

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