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KEEP ON LAUGHING..

Thanksgiving at our house has always been about the same things: food of (course,) just being together (and knowing how lucky we are) and…cracking each other up… As I’ve written before, humor is definitely a “tie that binds” in our family. And Jim has always set the pace… and stirred it up. I find myself making Jim’s… read more

KEEP ON SINGING…

Most of you know – from my speeches or the “motivators” or just our conversations – how passionately I feel about the importance of having a song - a song that does it for you, a  song that reminds you of how good you are and how good life is…no matter what. The late Joe Raposo was a very dear friend of Jim’s and mine and the… read more

ALL IS WELL…

There are no words to describe our (Kate’s, Abigail’s and my) gratitude for the outpouring of love and support from you all these past two weeks… Your notes, emails, texts, flowers, food and phone calls were moving beyond my ability to describe it. And the hundreds of you who were able to come to Jim’s… read more

NOTHING IS EVER LOST…

I’ve been writing the “motivators” for over six and a half years (and have no intention of stopping) and many of you have been reading them for nearly that long. But long or short-term readers, thanks to my including stories written about my wonderful family – Jim, my husband, our two daughters, Kate and Abigail,… read more

A WINK, A NOD, A SMILE OR…..

Okay, there’s a lot of “bad stuff” going on out there, isn’t there? Really bad stuff. It’s almost overwhelming – even debilitating – to talk about, to think about. And once you do start talking and thinking about it, it’s pretty hard to stop. So here’s an idea. I’ve written in the past about the incredible power of the “littles,” of “the good stuff” -… read more

HITTING HER STRIDE…

That’s what Hillary Clinton began doing in last Tuesday night’s first democratic presidential debate. She was like a well-toned, well-trained, athlete at the start of a marathon – muscles solid but fluid, eager for the sound of the starter’s gun, ready to run…not only to win – but for the sheer joy of it. I’ve commented in the past on… read more

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