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A GAME OF INCHES…

You remember that terrific 1999 film Any Given Sunday, directed by Oliver Stone and starring Al Pacino. It’s about a fictional football team, the once great Miami Sharks, who are struggling to make the playoffs. They’re coached by a thirty-year veteran, Tony D’Amato (played by Pacino), a once great coach…who is engaged in his own… read more

AUTHENTICITY, HUMANITY…AND A SMILE

Pope Francis, the self-described “child of immigrants,” knocked it out of the park” in Washington, New York and Philadelphia a little over a week ago. In fact, I can’t remember ever hearing such raves about the emotional impact of a visiting dignitary (or about anyone else for that matter…) “He touched my heart,” was heard over and over again from… read more

TOTALLY FLAWSOME…

I’ve been struck lately by how many of us have been “worked up” about how “imperfect” we are; about how “not as good as” somebody else we are, about how, in a word, “flawed” we are. Whoever said we had to be good at everything?! If we were, we wouldn’t need other people, would we? We could just live alone, celebrating… read more

“LAND THE PLANE, WILL YOU?”

That’s what our younger daughter (one of the funniest people I know) says to me when I go on and on and on (and on) about something – it could be anything - from a meeting I had,  to an outfit I’m thinking of wearing for a speech, to a movie I watched. Sometimes she follows it… read more

“ALWAYS PLAY TO THE BEST PEOPLE”

That’s what they say in the theatre. Always play to the people who are with you. The ones who buy your act, the ones who expect to be knocked out by you, the ones who are laughing even before you get to the punch line. You can feel who they are. (Some of them even walk in with… read more

WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE?!

WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE?! About a million years ago when I was in college, I played Vladimir (the “serious one” – unusual casting for me..) in an all girl version of Samuel Beckett’s landmark play, “Waiting for Godot.” Recently, I’ve found that huge chunks of my lines flood though my mind, night after night. Here’s a sample: “To all mankind… read more

IT’S TIME TO RATTLE THOSE CAGES….

IT’S TIME TO RATTLE THOSE CAGES…. The Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius (referred to as “The Wise”) wrote, “If it is good to say or do something, then it is even better to be criticized for having done it.” But that can be tough to remember when you actually find the courage to express a point of view, stand for something (or against it) actually take action to… read more

“YES!”

“YES!” Below are my favorite stanzas from a poem I’ve loved for years. It’s called “The Invitation” and was written by the author and poet, Oriah Mountain Dreamer. A bit about Oriah’s history: She was raised in a small community in Northern Ontario by Christian parents who encouraged her to explore whatever “other” religious ideas and philosophies appealed to her. So… read more

THINK YOU’VE LOST IT??

I just re-read this “motivator” (written almost exactly a year ago) because I realized that recently I’d pretty much forgotten everything I’d advised my readers to do and was driving myself absolutely crazy as a result. I was in grave danger of “losing it” (my mind) as a result of my fear of “losing it” (my stuff.)  And I know it’s not just me… “The iPhone… read more

SOUND AND FURY VERSUS THE MAN IN THE ARENA

My mind has been  overflowing with literary quotes these last few days. They float in at about 4:30 AM and don’t seem to float out. I can’t imagine why. Or can I? Here’s a small sampling… “But man, proud man, Dress’d in a little brief authority, Most ignorant of what he’s most assur’d- His glassy essence-like an angry… read more