March

YOU CAN GET USED TO ANYTHING

YOU CAN GET USED TO ANYTHING   …and that’s the problem   That is the problem…    I’ll never forget my first “real” job, (apart from lifeguarding…) I couldn’t have been more excited. I burst into work the first day with all the energy and optimism my dad (the original “motivator” in our family) had pumped… read more

RIGHT NOW, ISN’T THIS GOOD…?

RIGHT NOW, ISN’T THIS GOOD…? Whenever I told my mom about an especially wonderful moment – with my daughters, in my work, in my life – she’d say, “Wrap your arms around it, darling!”    She meant for me to “get it” about how good it was, to hold onto it – so I could… read more

BELIEVING IS SEEING…

BELIEVING IS SEEING…   I know, I know, it’s supposed to be the other way around. But it isn’t.    The fact is, the greater your expectations, the greater your experiences. Seriously, it’s as simple as that.    The University of London did a study on “the power of positive expectations” and found that those people… read more

IS ANYBODY LISTENING?

IS ANYBODY LISTENING?  Seriously! Everybody’s talking. Everybody’s saying what they think – whether they know anything about the “subject” or not.    Hey, expressing our points of view is a good thing. But not when they’re not “enlightened” by some sort of knowledge based on information that’s based on “facts”    Okay, “facts” are in short supply; they… read more

“I’M GLAD I’M HERE…”

“I’M GLAD I’M HERE…” Those are the first four words of the mantra my mentor, the late Dorothy Sarnoff – arguably the best speech coach in the country – taught me. Dorothy knew how to capture and move an audience. She was the second female lead in the original Broadway production of “The King and… read more

TAPPING INTO THE INCREDIBLE POWER OF STORYTELLING…

TAPPING INTO THE INCREDIBLE POWER OF STORYTELLING… “The destiny of the world is determined less by the battles that are lost and won than by the stories it loves…and believes in.” -Harold Goddard  Notice that Goddard didn’t say the destiny of the world was determined by powerpoint presentations, graphs and pie charts, metrics, optics and statistics…or… read more

GUESS WHAT? YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL!

GUESS WHAT? YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL!  ( IF YOU DON’T MIND THE MESS…)                                                       How often do we hear – from our mothers, our friends, our bosses – something like, “Look, kiddo, you just can’t… 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

HOW GOOD COULD YOU MAKE IT?

It’s written in everyone’s calendars so it must be true: Friday was the first day of spring. Amazing…but true. It’s here. The time of new beginnings. The time when just about everything assumes the best and just starts all over again. Things begin turning from brown to green again…some of them even consider putting out a small bud…again.… read more

THE DREAM BUSTER…

The best present Jim (my husband,) gave me for Christmas was tickets to the brilliant, unforgettable, superbly acted revival of Eugene O’Neill’s play, The Iceman Cometh. And this particular production, directed by Robert Fall and staring Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy – is nothing short of as good as it gets. We saw it last… read more