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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

“BE ALWAYS GOOD”

Not all that easy, right? Not in this “Barnum & Bailey World…” (Remember? “…just as phony as it can be…”) with its stunning hypocrisy, lying, cheating and stealing, its “how much can we get away with?” attitude, its relentless, tamped down, boiling up rage, resentment…and the resulting revenge on our brothers and sisters. It’s hard to seek out good when bad… read more

PLAY ON…

In a piece written on February 10, 2001, the Houston Chronicle tells the following story of how, on November 18, 1985, Itzhak Perlman, one of the greatest violinists of our time, came on stage to give a concert at Lincoln Center - a concert that turned out to be even more unforgettable than usual. It’s a story of sheer guts, determination… read more

YOUR TIME HAS COME…TO SHINE

When our older daughter, Kate, graduated from high school, I gave her a silver tray engraved with some lines from that great song written by Paul Simon and sung by Art Garfunkle, “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Even today, just looking at the lyrics or hearing the song hits me straight in the heart. It reminds me of how incredibly much I love both our daughters, Kate… read more

ONE CHIP AT A TIME…

You may have heard this story about Michelangelo: Soon after he’d finished sculpting the statue of David, word went out throughout Europe and beyond that this was his greatest, greatest work. As the story goes, a rich patron of the arts who lived perhaps a hundred miles away, heard these raves and thought to himself,… read more

WHAT WE NEED IS …LOVE

I can’t remember when I first heard the phrase, “We become what we hate…” I think it was in a college philosophy class. It hit me pretty hard at the time. Still does. And not surprisingly, now more than ever. “Hate” seems to have taken the upper hand. The “hateful” things going on “out there”… read more

ALMOST THERE…

It was a cold, windy morning in early January. I was riding my bike as I did every morning when I was a little girl, to a small school in Florida that I attended for a few months each winter. I’d had pneumonia as an infant and doctors had warned my parents that it would be… read more