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“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

“YES!”

“YES!” Below are my favorite stanzas from a poem I’ve loved for years. It’s called “The Invitation” and was written by the author and poet, Oriah Mountain Dreamer. A bit about Oriah’s history: She was raised in a small community in Northern Ontario by Christian parents who encouraged her to explore whatever “other” religious ideas and philosophies appealed to her. So… read more

THINK YOU’VE LOST IT??

I just re-read this “motivator” (written almost exactly a year ago) because I realized that recently I’d pretty much forgotten everything I’d advised my readers to do and was driving myself absolutely crazy as a result. I was in grave danger of “losing it” (my mind) as a result of my fear of “losing it” (my stuff.)  And I know it’s not just me… “The iPhone… read more

SOUND AND FURY VERSUS THE MAN IN THE ARENA

My mind has been  overflowing with literary quotes these last few days. They float in at about 4:30 AM and don’t seem to float out. I can’t imagine why. Or can I? Here’s a small sampling… “But man, proud man, Dress’d in a little brief authority, Most ignorant of what he’s most assur’d- His glassy essence-like an angry… read more

From Shrinking Violet to Alpha Female

  A decade or so ago we had a bit of a “mouse situation” in our house in Connecticut. Not exactly an infestation, but they were definitely there. And they were brazenly bold little rascals, totally unintimidated by people-and too agile for traps. “We need a cat!” I announced to no one in particular. “Now!”… read more

CONFIDENCE

CONFIDENCE It’s extraordinary how many people whom I work with begin our first conversation with, “The thing is, I just don’t have any confidence.  And given everything that’s going on in my life - especially my work – that’s not a good thing. How can I get it??” Here’s a fact: You don’t have to “get it.” It’s already… read more

SOMETHING WORTH FIGHTING FOR…

I wrote a “motivator” similar to this a couple of years ago, but thought, all things considered, this would be a good time to reprise it. See what you think….   SOMETHING WORTH FIGHTING FOR… You’ve probably heard the story of the guy who climbs up the steep steps to the Pearly Gates to present himself to… read more

HERE’S TO YOU…MAKING IT ALL ABOUT THEM

Look, this is the season for “speeches” – and you might be giving one. Or at least be expected to make a toast – or say something in front of a bunch of people. There are engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, summer office parties – celebrations of all sorts – where saying something is the order of… read more