May

IF I HAD A HAMMER…..

IF I HAD A HAMMER….. You remember that wonderful song, written by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays in 1949 and made immensely popular by Peter, Paul and Mary over a decade later. “If I had a hammer, I’d hammer in the morning, I’d hammer in the evening, all over this land…I’d hammer out danger, I’d… read more

BEIN’ GREEN

                                                                                BEIN’ GREEN Kermit the Frog sang, “It’s not easy being green…” But boy, if there… read more

EASY DOES IT…

I know some companies, some institutions, some people….ceo’s, lawyers, financial planners, teachers – most of us – actually, whose “taglines” could easily be, “We’re the Widget Company! (or whatever) How Hard Can We Make It?” Compelling, right? Right. Especially for the “customer.” I attempted to do a transaction with a bank recently and was so overwhelmed by their… read more

“Oh, what a tangled web we weave… when first we practice to deceive!”

Look it’s not like “lying” is new to us. It’s always been around in one form or another. Sir Walter Scott wrote those words in 1808… But I don’t remember ever hearing the words, “lie,” “lying,” and “liar” so much -  within every twenty-four period - as in the last few months. Talking about lying, accusing people of lying, and actually wanton lying - seem to… read more

“THE ONLY TRUE PATH TO FREEDOM IS…. LAUGHTER”!

Hah! I’ve always known that laughter was vital to our physical and emotional well being…but it’s easy to forget, like a lot of life’s “truths” – even for a dyed in the wool optimist like me. Oh, not that I’ve become dour or pessimistic (heaven forfend…) but that recently, I’ve sort of forgotten to look for the “funny side” of life…… read more

WHEN THE DANCER BECOMES THE DANCE…

Have you ever noticed how many talented, smart people just can’t get out of their own way? In fact, they – we –  seem to actually construct our own roadblocks to trip over, dig our own pits to fall into – and second and third guess ourselves down the river! Any chance you do that? Well, don’t… read more

THE THRILL OF IT ALL..

The other day while running around the bridle path in Central Park after a big rain, I stopped to watch a sparrow frolicking with abandon in a big, lovely puddle. She (I know my birds) splashed and splattered with such delight that it made me laugh out loud. But she wasn’t the only girl around… 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