September

YOUR MAGICAL LISTENING TOUR

YOUR MAGICAL LISTENING TOUR The art of listening (and it is an art) is not practiced all that much anymore. “Already knowing” seems to have taken over – taken over our business lives, our social lives, our conversations with everyone from our colleagues and teammates, to our bosses, our husbands or wives or lovers…to our children. And God knows, it’s taken over… read more

WRAPPING YOUR ARMS AROUND LIFE..

I’ll never forget being on vacation in Jamaica with my mom, dad and brother Jay, many decades ago. We were sitting on the beach together drinking Margaritas (I was actually too young to drink but was allowed to have a few sips on special occasions…) We were laughing – at and with – each other,… read more

Drop It! I’m Not Kidding!

Hey, have you been hanging onto something really negative - chewing on it, going around in circles thinking about it - and as a result, getting absolutely nowhere (except nailing how “right” you are about how “wrong” stuff is….) Actually, that reminds me of Willa, our infamous, totally beloved and absolutely indefatigable Golden Retriever (not the negative part, the chewing part!”) When Willa has an iron grip on something… read more

“DO NOT DISTRESS YOURSELF WITH FALSE IMAGININGS…”

That’s one of my favorite lines from Max Ehrmann’s beautiful poem, Desiderata. In my less poetic way, I try to follow and pass on Ehrmann’s counsel. In my coaching and speaking, I encourage people to pay close attention to the difference between. “Fact and Interpretation.” There’s an old story that I love (and have told… read more

TOTALLY FLAWSOME…

I’ve been struck lately by how many of us have been “worked up” about how “imperfect” we are; about how “not as good as” somebody else we are, about how, in a word, “flawed” we are. Whoever said we had to be good at everything?! If we were, we wouldn’t need other people, would we? We could just live alone, celebrating… read more

“LAND THE PLANE, WILL YOU?”

That’s what our younger daughter (one of the funniest people I know) says to me when I go on and on and on (and on) about something – it could be anything - from a meeting I had,  to an outfit I’m thinking of wearing for a speech, to a movie I watched. Sometimes she follows it… read more

“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