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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

“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