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“LIKE A DIET OF THE MIND…”

“This man is a genius.” That was the one-sentence letter written in support of the application to Princeton’s doctoral program in mathematics for John Nash who, of course, went on to become one of the greatest mathematicians of the twentieth century. Dr. Nash was killed in a car crash along with his wife, Alicia, Saturday,… read more

MY FRIEND, JAKE

I wrote the “Motivator” below a couple of years ago, but a week ago I read it al oud, along with a few others, at a “Monday Morning Motivator…How Good Could You Make It?” book party. It struck such a chord with the audience that I thought I’d “reprise” it for those of you who read… read more

“I DON’T WANT TO BE A BALLERINA!”

When our daughter, Kate, was about ten years old, she took classes at the renowned School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center. And because SAB, as it was called, was  a “feeder” of young talent to the annual “Nutcracker” performance at the New York State Theatre, Kate got to play an angel and a soldier (the one who… read more

GO WITH IT…

Recently I had a blood test as part of a routine physical. It’s not my favorite thing. I have, according to my doctor, “The tiniest veins in the northern hemisphere…” So, in spite of the vats of water I drink to plump them up, in spite of the doctor using the thinnest possible needle, it has always… read more

FORGET “PLAN B…”

“So what’s your fall back position? What’s Plan B??” That’s somebody asking you – or me – what we plan to do if the game-changing, best-idea-this-lifetime we’re out to make happen…doesn’t work. Wait, are you kidding?? “Fall back position”?? “Plan B”??” “Plan A” doesn’t work?? What if President Kennedy had added at the end of… read more

DO ONE REALLY NICE THING….

                    Last week I was sitting in a packed waiting room waiting (what else?) to have an MRI done on a foot I’ve almost completely wrecked…thanks to walking too many miles in five inch heels. I was a “walk in” (no appointment) so my wait was even longer than most people’s. But everyone was rolling… read more

DISCONNECTED IN A HYPER-CONNECTED WORLD OR, “WILL YOU JUST LOOK UP?!”

Almost exactly two years ago I wrote a “motivator” that described a scene I spotted in Central Park that,twenty-three and a half months later, still breaks my heart… There was an adorable little person sitting in her stroller (probably about two and a half) talking a mile a minute to her mommy (with all the animation… read more

LIKE YOU’RE WATCHING A MOVIE…

Okay, there’s a lot of stress out there…tempers flaring, teeth baring, voices rising, accusations flying –  people coming unstuck - not necessarily because of a single major catastrophe, but because of what might be a whole series of minor setbacks, missteps or even a gaggle of irritations that finally hit the tipping point where anger and frustration trump reason. Or…maybe the “unstuck”… read more

“IF YOU’RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT WAG YOUR TAIL!”

“IF YOU’RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT WAG YOUR TAIL!”  I know, I know, it’s supposed to be “Clap your hands!” But I like it the other way because that’s what I sing to our exuberant Golden Retriever, Willa, when I come home from work. She loves it. She jumps around, grinning, sneezing (grinning tickles her nose…)… read more