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“Oh, what a tangled web we weave… when first we practice to deceive!”

Look it’s not like “lying” is new to us. It’s always been around in one form or another. Sir Walter Scott wrote those words in 1808… But I don’t remember ever hearing the words, “lie,” “lying,” and “liar” so much -  within every twenty-four period - as in the last few months. Talking about lying, accusing people of lying, and actually wanton lying - seem to… read more

“THE ONLY TRUE PATH TO FREEDOM IS…. LAUGHTER”!

Hah! I’ve always known that laughter was vital to our physical and emotional well being…but it’s easy to forget, like a lot of life’s “truths” – even for a dyed in the wool optimist like me. Oh, not that I’ve become dour or pessimistic (heaven forfend…) but that recently, I’ve sort of forgotten to look for the “funny side” of life…… read more

WHEN THE DANCER BECOMES THE DANCE…

Have you ever noticed how many talented, smart people just can’t get out of their own way? In fact, they – we –  seem to actually construct our own roadblocks to trip over, dig our own pits to fall into – and second and third guess ourselves down the river! Any chance you do that? Well, don’t… read more

THE THRILL OF IT ALL..

The other day while running around the bridle path in Central Park after a big rain, I stopped to watch a sparrow frolicking with abandon in a big, lovely puddle. She (I know my birds) splashed and splattered with such delight that it made me laugh out loud. But she wasn’t the only girl around… read more

“I JUST CAN’T IMAGINE IT!”

“I JUST CAN’T IMAGINE IT!”   That’s what I emphatically told my mom as she drove me past the new school in a new town that I was to begin attending a few weeks later. A school, I flatly stated, I would NOT be going to.  We were moving from Bay Village, a town on the outskirts of Cleveland to Ottawa Hills, a town on the… read more

GLORIA!

GLORIA!   Gloria Vanderbilt is a heroine of mine. She is one-of-a-kind, indomitable, unstoppable, unfailingly optimistic – and should have her picture in Webster’s next to the word, “resilience”… I was knocked out by the interview CNN anchor and “60 Minutes” correspondent, Anderson Cooper did with his mom recently as they launch their new mother/son book, The… read more

THE REPURPOSED LIFE

THE REPURPOSED LIFE   A very dear friend of our family (and the love of our daughter Kate’s life) named David Page is possibly the most creative, imaginative person I know. Not surprisingly, he’s a renowned creative director and a founder and partner of the New York advertising agency, BouchezPage. Here’s the thing about David: Everything he sees, he sees with new eyes. If he… read more

THE NEWS BUSINESS…OR THE BUSINESS OF NEWS WHICH IS IT?

THE  NEWS BUSINESS…OR THE BUSINESS OF NEWS WHICH IS IT?   The first time I laid eyes on Jim Cusick, (my late, beloved husband…) was in the newsroom at WCBS Radio in New York. I had just been hired to “manage public relations” at the station. I knew next to nothing about public relations, managing  - or… read more

“I’M GLAD I’M HERE…”

“I’M GLAD I’M HERE…” Those are the first four words of the mantra my mentor, the late Dorothy Sarnoff – arguably the best speech coach in the country – taught me. Dorothy knew how to capture and move an audience. She was the second female lead in the original Broadway production of “The King and… read more

TAPPING INTO THE INCREDIBLE POWER OF STORYTELLING…

TAPPING INTO THE INCREDIBLE POWER OF STORYTELLING… “The destiny of the world is determined less by the battles that are lost and won than by the stories it loves…and believes in.” -Harold Goddard  Notice that Goddard didn’t say the destiny of the world was determined by powerpoint presentations, graphs and pie charts, metrics, optics and statistics…or… read more