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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

MONDAYS ARE FOR SINGING…

One of all-time my favorite clients was a guy who worked for an asset management company. His CEO had told him to beef up his communications skills. Well, this became one of the easiest assignments I’d ever had. Early in our conversation, Roger and I started to talk about sports. It turned out that Roger… read more

YOU DON’T HAVE TO KNOW EVERYTHING!

Seriously, you really don’t. We might think we do, might want to act like we do, might knock ourselves out to prove it…but it’s just not necessary. (You want to let go of something for the New Year? Let go of that!) We’ve got better things to do than to be everybody’s go-to person on every subject all… read more

CELEBRATING ABUNDANCE

CELEBRATING ABUNDANCE There are lots of things to be grateful for at Thanksgiving: You don’t have to go shopping (except for food), you don’t have to wrap gifts, (or return them), you don’t have to do a lot of decorating, (okay, pumpkins, and gourds, and maybe those dried corn husk things, but it’s no big deal.) In the end, it’s… read more

RIPPING OFF YOUR STRAIGHTJACKET…

RIPPING OFF YOUR STRAIGHTJACKET… Seriously, it’s time to unbuckle the wretched thing once and for all. You know that “straightjacket.” It’s the one we strap around ourselves just about every day. Its buckles and straps are made up of our insistence on outlining, categorizing, detailing, and meticulously reviewing our flaws, weaknesses, shortcomings and “just not… read more