Monthly Archives: August 2016

Being There…

I guess it would be understandable if – given all the frightening, even terrifying and “how bad is it gonna get?!?” stuff that’s going on out there – worrying about somebody outside ourselves or our family, ie., the “other” guy, would occupy a pretty solid last place on our “care meter” about now. Understandable? Yes.… read more

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO UNFORGETTABLE AMERICAN POLITICAL SPEECHES – AND SPEAKERS?

 Our past was glorious. We’ve had some spectacular, unforgettable speeches over the years, the centuries: Patrick Henry’s 1775 “Give Me Liberty of Give Me Death” speech, Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” Speech in 1963, FDR’s first inaugural address in 1933, “The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself…” And of course,… read more

HILLARY’S VOICE..

I’ll admit it: I’ve written about the problems with Hillary’s voice for years  - but I simply can’t refrain from doing it again. She has an abundance of admirable traits and talents. Her speaking voice – or rather her “shouting voice” (she sounds great when she’s not shouting…) just isn’t one of them. In fact,… read more

A TALE OF TWO COUNTRIES..

The Washington Post’s political columnist, Joel Achenbach, asked this incredibly obvious question in his July 27th column titled, Tonal Whiplash: Are the RNC and DNC Talking About The Same Country?” Achenbach begins his piece, “Anyone who went to both conventions, racing from the shores of Lake Erie to the banks of the Delaware with only a… read more

BILL CLINTON…AND THE INCREDIBLE POWER OF STORYTELLING

I’ve been a fan of Bill Clinton’s incredible ability to connect with an audience for as long as I can remember – and have used him as an example for how to speak so people actually listen...and maybe even act on his “recommendations.” Clinton’s speech Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention, which I heard he wrote himself over two… read more