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YOUR BEST THING

YOUR BEST THING It was pouring down rain and I needed a cab. Badly. I spotted one wheeling around the corner of Madison and 56th Street, but he didn’t see me. So I did what I always do: I whistled. Oh, I don’t mean some mealy-mouthed, lady-like, baby-doll kind of whistle; I mean an ear-piercing, glass-breaking, thumb-and-second-finger-in-your-mouth kind of… read more

GETTING BACK UP…

In the past few days, weeks and months, as the result of extraordinarily destructive storms and “acts of nature,” many of our countrymen have lost everything. The media has been filled with unforgettable, profoundly moving and heart-breaking stories – stories of people from whom everything has been taken…people who have lost their homes, all their… read more

WE WILL NOT BE TERRORIZED Not Now; Not Ever

WE WILL NOT BE TERRORIZED Not Now; Not Ever It was a picture-perfect morning. I had just returned from an absolutely gorgeous walk downtown where I’d seen the most adorable, happiest, colorfully dressed little “Halloweeners” squeeling and laughing their way from block to block. I couldn’t stop grinning. “Now this is what Halloween is all about,” I said… read more

MOVING FORWARD…

MOVING FORWARD… This is a tricky time. There’s been so much bad stuff happening that it’s pretty tough to spot the good stuff – or even have the energy to look for it.  It’s tempting, as I’ve written before, to focus on man’s inhumanity to man or people’s rudeness to each other and take pleasure in… read more

THE AMAZING POWER OF “TOTAL ENGAGEMENT” …or Why We Should Listen Harder

THE AMAZING POWER OF “TOTAL ENGAGEMENT” …or Why We Should Listen Harder There’s no one more powerful, impressive or just plain winsome than someone who is totally “there,” who gives their full, unwavering, rapt attention when you’re making a point or a pitch – or just plain talking about something you care about. People who listen passionately and energetically, who are fully engaged in the “conversation,” who get excited… read more

Grab Hold, Be Bold, Act Now…

Grab Hold, Be Bold, Act Now… This is a time of tremendous uncertainty and anxiety around the world and in our own backyards. There’s a lot of eye-rolling, shrugging and those funny sounds we make – sort of a cross between a sigh and a “tsk,tsk, accompanied by turning the palms of the hands out as… read more

WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE??

WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE?? I’ve written before about the play, “Waiting for Godot,” by Samuel Beckett.  I love it. As I mentioned, I played Vladimir, “the serious one” in college in an all-girl cast and although I’ve forgotten a lot of stuff in the last few decades, I’ve never forgotten my lines to “Waiting… read more

WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET…

WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET… Have you ever noticed how when you buy a new car all you can see on a road packed with hundreds of cars, are cars…just like yours - same make, same, model and maybe, if you’re lucky, even the same color? When we were thinking of putting up a new fence in… read more

OUR BELOVED DOG, WILLA

OUR BELOVED DOG, WILLA August 9, 2006……August 23, 2017   No creature ever loved more fully, more selflessly, less judgmentally – without saving it up for a rainy day, or waiting for proof that the person she loved was “good” – or “worthy” or would love her back, than our Golden Retriever, Willa. She just… read more

PHONY EQUATIONS

PHONY EQUATIONS “See, that’s how it is…that’s what happens when you knock yourself out and do great work: They cut your budget! They reduce your headcount! I mean, why bother? Forget it.” Or… “Oh great. This is what happens, right? I was right there for her. I helped her every way I could. I was… read more