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SHE’S THE ONE WHO….

SHE’S THE ONE WHO…. How often, when we introduce someone, do we actually say who they are? I don’t mean what they do, I mean who they are.  If I’m any example, not all that often. I heard myself introduce someone to a friend the other day by saying, “Hank, I’d like you to meet my friend, Barbara.” That was it. Hank was left holding… read more

A GAME OF INCHES

At one point, last Sunday night, after we’d devoured our unbelievably delicious Super Bowl dinner (thanks to Kate and her husband, David – both spectacular, creative cooks…), the first half of the game was over – and it looked like the Falcons were going to walk away with the title and we should all just… read more

SO WHAT’LL IT BE? QUIT? OR SWIM?

“Judges and timers ready!” shouted the starter. “Swimmers, take your marks!” We all stepped onto our starting blocks, crouched in the start position and waited for the gun. I focused straight ahead, staring at the other end of the fifty-meter pool. The water glistened in the hot Indiana sun. My heart slammed. It was a… read more

ACT THE WAY YOU WANT TO FEEL

There are times – this might be one of them – when you’re feeling overwhelmed, underappreciated, low on confidence, high on fear or just plain out of the old energy and optimism you’re usually known for. What to do? Act. Seriously, act. Act like a person who’s on top of their game; sure of a… read more

HILLARY’S VOICE..

I’ll admit it: I’ve written about the problems with Hillary’s voice for years  - but I simply can’t refrain from doing it again. She has an abundance of admirable traits and talents. Her speaking voice – or rather her “shouting voice” (she sounds great when she’s not shouting…) just isn’t one of them. In fact,… read more

A TALE OF TWO COUNTRIES..

The Washington Post’s political columnist, Joel Achenbach, asked this incredibly obvious question in his July 27th column titled, Tonal Whiplash: Are the RNC and DNC Talking About The Same Country?” Achenbach begins his piece, “Anyone who went to both conventions, racing from the shores of Lake Erie to the banks of the Delaware with only a… read more

THE NEWS BUSINESS…OR THE BUSINESS OF NEWS WHICH IS IT?

THE  NEWS BUSINESS…OR THE BUSINESS OF NEWS WHICH IS IT?   The first time I laid eyes on Jim Cusick, (my late, beloved husband…) was in the newsroom at WCBS Radio in New York. I had just been hired to “manage public relations” at the station. I knew next to nothing about public relations, managing  - or… read more

OPTIMISM OR REALISM: WHICH DO YOU CHOOSE?

OPTIMISM OR REALISM: WHICH DO YOU CHOOSE?  “What is reality, anyway? Nothing but a collective hunch.” Lily Tomlin              “C’mon, get real, will ya??” I hate that clichéd expression. And heaven knows I’ve had it said to me enough times…sometimes in the form of “We have to manage our expectations, Gail.” Really? Or, “Can you curb your… read more

“IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO BECOME… WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN…”

Note: I finished today’s “motivator” on Saturday just moments before Jeb Bush announced he was suspending his campaign for the Republican nomination. I decided to go forward with the piece (as originally written) anyway. As you’ll see, it’s not so much about “winning” – but about having the guts to throw yourself into the game wholeheartedly – even… read more

FULL OF SOUND AND FURY…

I’ve been amazed and yes, I’ll admit, even riveted lately by the stunning show of ego and self-infatuation from Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. I mean, it’s a kind of theatre…bad theatre. Frank Burni in a recent piece in the NYTimes, described Cruz this way:”His voice swelled and swooped and dropped at times to a… read more