august

Being There…

I guess it would be understandable if – given all the frightening, even terrifying and “how bad is it gonna get?!?” stuff that’s going on out there – worrying about somebody outside ourselves or our family, ie., the “other” guy, would occupy a pretty solid last place on our “care meter” about now. Understandable? Yes.… read more

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

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

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