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SO HOW’RE YOU DOING IN THOSE POLLS?

Good, I hope. But of course, chances are, that will only last for a minute. The next minute your “polls” could drop like a stone. Or “tank”, as they say. Or maybe just slide a little. And what do you do then? Well, if you’re like a lot of us, you change course, change your… read more

IT’S NOT ABOUT THE SHOES

I wrote this “Motivator” a few years ago and decided it was the right time to reprise it. We live in extraordinary times. “Tumultuous” doesn’t even begin to describe them. Just “getting through” takes up most of our attention – which doesn’t leave much energy for self-reflection…or “self-definition.”  Yet, knowing who we are - or could be; and… read more

THE POWER…AND CHARM OF CURIOSITY

Ever notice – especially at holiday parties – how a lot of people (you or I might occasionally be one of them), treat a conversation like a competition? It’s like, who’s going to “win the conversation game?!” They do more than talk, they pontificate on any subject (like politics…) to the point of exhaustion. They have all… read more

KEEP ON LAUGHING..

Thanksgiving at our house has always been about the same things: food of (course,) just being together (and knowing how lucky we are) and…cracking each other up… As I’ve written before, humor is definitely a “tie that binds” in our family. And Jim has always set the pace… and stirred it up. I find myself making Jim’s… read more

KEEP ON SINGING…

Most of you know – from my speeches or the “motivators” or just our conversations – how passionately I feel about the importance of having a song - a song that does it for you, a  song that reminds you of how good you are and how good life is…no matter what. The late Joe Raposo was a very dear friend of Jim’s and mine and the… read more

ALL IS WELL…

There are no words to describe our (Kate’s, Abigail’s and my) gratitude for the outpouring of love and support from you all these past two weeks… Your notes, emails, texts, flowers, food and phone calls were moving beyond my ability to describe it. And the hundreds of you who were able to come to Jim’s… read more

NOTHING IS EVER LOST…

I’ve been writing the “motivators” for over six and a half years (and have no intention of stopping) and many of you have been reading them for nearly that long. But long or short-term readers, thanks to my including stories written about my wonderful family – Jim, my husband, our two daughters, Kate and Abigail,… read more

A WINK, A NOD, A SMILE OR…..

Okay, there’s a lot of “bad stuff” going on out there, isn’t there? Really bad stuff. It’s almost overwhelming – even debilitating – to talk about, to think about. And once you do start talking and thinking about it, it’s pretty hard to stop. So here’s an idea. I’ve written in the past about the incredible power of the “littles,” of “the good stuff” -… read more

MY FRIEND, JAKE

I wrote the “Motivator” below a couple of years ago, but a week ago I read it al oud, along with a few others, at a “Monday Morning Motivator…How Good Could You Make It?” book party. It struck such a chord with the audience that I thought I’d “reprise” it for those of you who read… read more

WHY WAIT TO BE UNHAPPY?

So let’s say they don’t answer your email. (I hate it when that happens, don’t you?) What do you make it “mean?” Well, if you’re like most of us, you probably don’t make it mean they’re crazy about your idea, right? You might say to yourself, “I don’t know, maybe that wasn’t such a hot… read more