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SIMPLY LOVING…

SIMPLY LOVING… Sometimes loving someone is messy.  Sometimes it’s complicated. Sometimes it’s frustrating or even “angrifying” (a word my daughter, Abigail, made up which comes in handily…) And sometimes we make “loving” a whole lot of work.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say, “Well, we’re working on our marriage. I don’t know…maybe it’ll work, maybe… read more

Sweet Surrender

SWEET SURRENDER   The first book I wrote was called, Taking Control of Your Life, the Secrets of  Successful, Enterprising Women. Its mission was to encourage women to create the lives of their dreams by creating businesses they loved. And it was pretty good, too – sold well over a half million copies. And I stand by the premise. I’d better.… read more

LOVE IS A DOG NAMED WILLA….

LOVE IS A DOG NAMED WILLA…. “My Willita!! I love you!!” That’s what a wonderful Hispanic doormen on our street calls our Golden Retriever, Willa. He’s so happy to see her every morning that he bursts through the door of his building and kneels down to wrap his arms around his “Willita.”  All the doormen up and… read more

WHERE’S DIOGENES WHEN WE NEED HIM? 

WHERE’S DIOGENES WHEN WE NEED HIM?  Remember him? He’s the guy who founded “Cynical Philosophy.” He was actually called “Diogenes the Cynic” and lived in Greece from 412 to 323 BC. Ancient Greek writings credit Diogenes with the famous “search for an honest man” which he conducted in broad daylight, carrying a lighted lantern that he… read more

LOOK UP!

LOOK UP! As I’ve written before, I talk to the trees. (There’s  song about that from the musical, “Paint Your Wagon…”) Seriously, I always have. I grew up in Bay Village, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland and lived right smack on Lake Erie where trees grow like crazy. When I was about six years old… read more

GRACE UNDER PRESSURE…WINS

Hitting below the belt or thereabouts, seems to be de riguer lately. “Confrontational” doesn’t even begin to describe how many of us behave in what are supposed to be reasonable, “fact-finding” conversations. (Although discovering “facts” doesn’t seem as important as collecting scalps.) “Conflagrational” seems a more accurate description. Okay, what I’m describing – political posturing,… read more

THE WAY YOU WEAR YOUR HAT…

Riding down Fifth Avenue last week (well, one doesn’t really “ride” down Fifth Avenue these days, it’s more like crawling with fits and starts – mainly “fits,” whatever they are – thanks to the endless construction/destruction of NYC streets, but never mind), I saw a great looking guy crossing the street wearing a sort of… read more

PLAIN SPEAKING…

I always loved this quote of “Give ‘em hell, Harry” Truman’s: “I fired General MacArthur because he wouldn’t respect the authority of the President. I didn’t fire him because he was a dumb son of a bitch, although he was, but that’s not against the law for generals…” As the Saturday Review put it in… read more

WHAT TO RUN ON WHEN YOU’RE RUNNING ON EMPTY

Sometimes the times that try men’s and women’s souls aren’t the major hits or the seemingly end of the world occurrences – the job lost, the big chance blown, the wedding canceled. But rather it’s the wear and tear of the little stuff – the constant criticisms, the endless requests, the changes of direction, the… read more

YOU COME, TOO…

Ever since I can remember, I’ve Ioved this simple, soothing poem by Robert Frost. I first wrote about it a few years ago. But its message fits so beautifully with summer, I thought I’d repeat it… The Pasture “I’m going out to clean the pasture spring; I’ll only stop to rake the leaves away (And… read more