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GET PERSONAL!

GET PERSONAL!   Seriously!  Especially if you’re a woman running for political office. (Or even if you’re not a woman and not running…)    Sound counter-intuitive? Evidently, it’s not. In a recent front page story in the NY Times, by Kate Zernike, women who are running for office are encouraged to drop the old “I can out-guy any… read more

“I LIKE YOU JUST THE WAY YOU ARE”

“I LIKE YOU JUST THE WAY YOU ARE” I love a lot about Mr. Rogers, but those words might be my favorites. To tell a young person (or an old one…) that the way “they are” right now is not only “good” but that they don’t have to change a single thing…is the epitome in… read more

ANTHONY BOURDAIN: THE REAL DEAL

ANTHONY BOURDAIN: THE REAL DEAL   Anthony Bourdain was one of a kind. I loved everything about him – the way he cooked, the way he talked, the way he laughed. But I really loved watching him eat.    Okay, he wasn’t neat and tidy. (What an understatement.) But I loved the way he loved eating…the way… read more

“IF IT WEREN’T FOR YOU, I WOULDN’T BE ME…”

“IF IT WEREN’T FOR YOU, I WOULDN’T BE ME…”   I found those words written on a piece of paper on a table in a restaurant about a week ago. I left the piece of paper where I found it in case the person who’d left it came looking for it…after I copied down the words.… read more

THE PLAYGROUND

THE PLAYGROUND   I took my usual run in Central Park today and happened to pass the children’s playground as I always do – but this time I stopped just to watch the kids. It was about one o’clock in the afternoon and the playground was packed with loads of little kids running, yelling, jumping… read more

“GIVE ME YOUR TIRED YOUR POOR…”

“GIVE ME YOUR TIRED YOUR POOR…”   When I was in high school in Toledo, Ohio I sang in the choir. I loved it. On a few (very few) really special days I was even allowed to sing a solo. I miss those days a lot.    But I make up for not having them… read more

“ALL IS FLUX!” …Heraclitus

“ALL IS FLUX!” …Heraclitus   Boy, it sure seems that way, doesn’t? I can’t imagine that even a philosopher of  Heraclitus’ brilliance and insight could have imagined the stunningly chaotic nature of our world in our time. It’s not that we shouldn’t expect change. In our particular country we’re born into it; we learn to thrive on it –… read more

“YEAH, I KNOW, BUT WHAT IF…”

“YEAH, I KNOW, BUT WHAT IF…”   I hear this all the time from people whom I coach (and okay, sometimes even from myself…) and the sentence always ends with something negative, like…   “…they change their minds and don’t promote me after all?”    “…it turns out that they don’t have the budget for… read more

Doing The Right Thing

Doing The Right Thing   You might remember the unforgettable footage from the 2012 Ohio State Division III track and field meet. I, for one, will never forget it. Nor will I ever forget the runner, Meghan Vogel.    She was the “real winner.”   Megan is a star. She’d already won the 1,600 meter state title.… read more