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Ann Keil Dux has found a creative avenue to share personal and professional benchmarks through the publication of a blog. It is intended to be nothing more than a window into her life, one that has been shaped by triumph and defeat. It provides perspective on who she is, and there is no holding back. She digs deep into her authentic self, candidly sharing personal experiences, perspectives and lessons learned in respect to family, friendship, marriage, illness, nutrition, news, business and community. Humor and humility are ever-present.

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Risk, Reward and Robert Frost

White-blonde bangs and a button nose were pressed against the bird’s cage. I can see myself standing there as a little girl, intently watching my green and yellow parakeet with black, scalloped markings on his back and wings repeatedly move from left to right on his wooden perch.

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Listen to Learn

There are times when we must speak, speak loudly and even shout from the rooftops to be heard, regardless, relentlessly and unapologetically because our words are the fire that burn in our bellies.

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Meet Ann Keil Dux of Dux Communications in Coral Gables
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Voyage MIA Magazine Interview

The authentic voice is a powerful tool in business–and in our lives as a whole. Be true to yourself, be good to others, follow your passion and give back.

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Baby Boy
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Baby Boy

From talking about survival rates after a cancer diagnosis to a new survivor status with a growing life in my belly… Life, at times, leaves me speechless.

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Entrepreneurship
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Entrepreneurship

Play with the doers I shall. The makers and creators who care and tell untold truths…. Who dream bigger because I am them and they are me.

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Grateful
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Grateful

Ever dare to thank your worst nightmare? …Thank the devil for saying hello just then. Cancer and the digestion of that truth brought me here…to this place… this deeper, more inspired headspace…

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Cancer
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Cancer

No one wants to say it or believe it. It is endless in reach. Life or death or just a short-term illness? We don’t know. It is an unknown that takes. takes. takes…

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Beautiful Magic
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Beautiful Magic

We did it. I take a deep breath… and look over the first few wedding photos on my computer screen. Tux. White dress with pearls. Me and Tim. April 6, 2018.

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M.J.
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M.J.

I ended up in a sad version of a partial backbend in the darkness of my hospital room. I couldn’t bare the lights post-op. My oh-so-brave husband was struggling with the pink plastic bed pan.

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Just Breathe
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Just Breathe

He smiled in the doorway. My surgeon looked proud. He was on his way out… stopping by as promised. I felt the warmth. I held back the emotion. The vulnerability. Piercing.

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Purpose
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Purpose

Purpose wakes us up in the morning… the search for it. the desire to see it through. It is also what some of us wrestle with at night… fighting sleep.

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Hurricane Irma

The sun will always shine again. It’s time to rebuild. Pick up the pieces. Take care of your neighbor. Food. Water. Power. Every family deserves that… and it is coming.

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To A Fighter, With Love

I was thinking about Bryan last night. He can’t speak, but he always reaches his hand out.  to his father. to people he seems to recognize. The first time we met, he held onto my hand…

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Weekend in Paris
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Weekend in Paris

A picture captures a moment that will never happen again… a moment that has come and gone forever… but with a steady hand, right pointer finger pressed ever so gently…

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MLK
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MLK

I was honored to receive an invitation to speak at a ‘Guitars over Guns’ event a few weeks back inside the Perez Art Museum. The non-profit offers arts-based mentoring programs to at-risk youth.

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Blue Paper Scrubs
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Blue Paper Scrubs

There are those near losses that threaten to tear our families apart and bring us to our knees. They turn non-believers into believers who pray for the first time since they were children…

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Pura Vida

Costa Rica is green and beautiful. Raw. The land seemingly only touched with a soft hand  … and graced by something or someone from up above. A spiritual place where you can truly connect…

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Goop
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Goop

You know you need to throw away the half-eaten protein bar in your work bag when a little piece of it easily acts as an earring back. Don’t judge… I was desperate.

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Intertwined
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Intertwined

Wife. Mother. Brother. Child. Neighbor. Boss. Partner. Employee. Who are you beyond the titles at home and at work? Who are you in this intertwined world? While we are in control…

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Beep Beep
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Beep Beep

We simply drive by other people’s lives only to get a glimpse of a face… a smell… a sound… but we don’t really know what life is like for them.

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Love, Faith and Family
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Love, Faith and Family

I have spent time in jail and prison. I sat across from a guy who had plastic zip ties, duct tape, sex toys, and a shock collar among other supplies inside his van.

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Gone Fishin’

It’s a big smile after a ridiculous 24 hours that felt much like Russian Roulette. Okay, okay.. maybe I am being a bit dramatic, but hear me out. Flying these days is not the same.

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Nine Zero
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Nine Zero

She is allergic to grass, flowers, and the outdoors? She loves the celebrity obsessed magazines and lengthy conversations about his uncle’s, father’s boss who married her on [insert specific date, time and location].

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Love Thy 'Selfie'
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Love Thy ‘Selfie’

Selfie (n): a picture you take of yourself; if you’re an amateur, like me, your arm is in it no matter what you try unless, of course, you’ve used a mirror or it’s this close up.

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An Easy Dream
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An Easy Dream

I miss outdoor exercise, and I’m not talking about using a busy, bike path. This winter, in Indy, has been BRUTAL. Yes, the word is deserving of all caps.

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Fishy Hands
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Fishy Hands

I spent hours with some of the most beautiful animals I had ever seen. Word of choice: majestic. But they “gotta eat.” (Checkers commercial nod. Yes, I’m a dork.)

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Fancy Schmancy
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Fancy Schmancy

My first trip to Detroit was inspired by lawn seat tickets to a Lauryn Hill concert many moons ago. My second trip… involved a chair up against the door of a hotel room…

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In a Nutshell

Monday through Friday can quickly become interesting, shocking, scary, plain boring, frustrating, inspiring, pleasantly heartwarming or all of the above. The news biz is something else.

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Butterflies and Rainbows

I was trying to think back to the time when I realized life was.. well life. It can get ugly fast. I remember joking with one of my friends the other day, saying…

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Let’s Fly Away
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Let’s Fly Away

I thought I might as well opt for co-pilot off the bat. At least I could watch and listen if we happened to plummet thousands of feet. Little planes have always…

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Ah, Sunshine

I think one of our producers just wrote it best: “A dreary, damp day across Indiana.” Looking any better by you?? Likely not… so here’s a little natural TLC courtesy my parent’s yard in Miami.

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Feliz Cumpleaños A Mí
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Feliz Cumpleaños A Mí

I just had a birthday, and no, I’m not telling you guys how young I am! Isn’t it funny how much we want to be 10-and-a-half. Eighteen. Twenty-one. We want to be older…

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Pink

Sometimes we all need to just stop talking, and instead, listen… learn… and love harder. I walked in honor of my grandmother and aunt, two beautiful survivors…

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A Little One-on-One
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A Little One-on-One

This past Sunday… instead of some football watching, I threw on a fleece, headed down a few trails and stopped in a public garden. I know, I know… possibly shameful…

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It was Friday
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It Was Friday

I remember the look on his face as he whispered the words. I remember staring intently at his lips as if I couldn’t hear a word he was saying. I gave him a quick smile.

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A Warm Heart
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A Warm Heart

What is it about old friends, the really good ones, that just warm your heart. I recently had one of those moments at the dinner table: We were talking, laughing…

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Forgive Me For I Have Sinned
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Forgive Me For I Have Sinned

It has been too long since my last blog entry. What can I say? Every bit of that time has been filled with a lot of ‘life.’ A redo would likely kill me. Today, I’m curious about forgiveness.

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Biker Games? Yes, Please.
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Biker Games? Yes, Please.

Army infantryman Tim Senkowski lost both of his legs, most of the muscle in his right arm and buttock among other serious injuries in an I.E.D. blast last October in Afghanistan.

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Turkey, Lettuce and Life
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Turkey, Lettuce and Life

Saw this quote on a magnet in Whole Foods. “Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart. To handle yourself…

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My Father’s Confession
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My Father’s Confession

One night, recently, my father tells my mother he has to make two confessions. It was late. They were in bed. Her mind goes wild. “After all these years, what could it be,” she asks herself.

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Juice, Juice Baby
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Juice, Juice Baby

The faces I get are expected. A cup full of bright green juice is probably not appealing to most people, but I like things that don’t taste great.

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Who We Be
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Who We Be

For a long time I have believed that hard work pays off and getting things the wrong way will catch up with you. I live by it. I fight for what I believe in…

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