Saturday, December 31, 2016

Memories as Motivation…

December 31, 2016 by  
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Many of us are engaged in our year-end ritual walk down memory lane. How well did we play our part in the circus, did we grab the golden ring or just miss it? One more ride on the merry-go-round, please.

Hanging On By Our Fingernails…

November 16, 2015 by  
Filed under Absurdity, Life, News, Politics

We have once again seen clearly that terrorism can reach us even on a fall Friday evening in the most beautiful city in the world. These acts of barbarism have changed us, but they have not killed the hope that ultimately good will prevail over evil.

I Forgot to Remember…

September 23, 2014 by  
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Our lives move at such pace that yesterday’s accomplishments quickly disappear from our memory. A recent move prompted an enlightening trip down memory lane that ended in a box filled with problems solved, challenges met, and hurdles overcome. On the lid I wrote “Victory Box”. I’m keeping it around for those long days when things haven’t gone so well. If no one else tells me I’m smart and competent, I’ll tell it to myself…and then open that box and prove it. We all need to be reminded of our victories from time to time.

Proudly Presenting Perspectives Poetry Contest Winners…

July 28, 2014 by  
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By almost any standard, the Perspectives Poetry Contest has been a great success: It accomplished it’s goal…to encourage people to delve in to their inner most thoughts and tucked away journals and share those musings with the world. The result has been three poems that have seen the light of day and three poets who are now known for their work. This is just the beginning…

Conspicuous Consumption…

July 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Absurdity, Life

The smallest moments can sometime have the largest impact on the way we see life and ourselves. One of those moments happened recently for me when our community held a free electronics recycling day. The entire back compartment of our SUV was filled to the roof with extinct dinosaurs, victims of technology’s evolution. Wouldn’t I like to have those six plus thousand dollars, now. Every experience in life is a lesson. Do I really always need the latest and greatest or would I prefer to cruise to Mykonos. Bon Voyage, my friends.

A Rhyme In Time…

June 18, 2014 by  
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With the recent passing of Maya Angelou, one of America’s greatest poets, along with my own modest success of having a poem published in the New York Times, brought forth the idea to have a poetry contest of our own. No matter how many forms your creativity takes, from cutting edge leadership to great cooking, writing down your thoughts and observations can free your mind to fly. I believe there is a poet in all of us. So dust off that old journal that’s stashed in a drawer, and get writing. The world is waiting to read your thoughts!

Commemorating The Memories…

April 10, 2014 by  
Filed under Life, Politics

The commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act taking place this week at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas, reminds me of my own somewhat distant history with President Johnson, my first big professional break, and of the excitement that comes with having your whole life ahead of you and thinking anything is possible.

Women of the World at the United Nations

March 17, 2014 by  
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Joining hundreds of women from around the world at the United Nations Conference on the Status of Women proved both inspiring and enlightening. The selfless work being done across the globe in behalf of women’s rights and empowerment often flies under the radar screen of media attention, but the reality is that these efforts may well be, in the final analysis, what will save the world. Each of us who are free and safe have an obligation to do our part to ensure a better future for our sisters.

Taking Root After A Storm…

September 4, 2013 by  
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Life’s storms can strip away everything you’ve worked for; someone dies, someone doesn’t love you anymore, your children move away, your job is eliminated. The peace, security, and beauty with which you had surrounded yourself are gone. Allow yourself to grieve, then take a deep breath and figure out the best way to move on. Begin again, planting as you go. Then reap the harvest from your efforts.

Do You Believe In Magic?

August 27, 2013 by  
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In a scene straight out of a Hollywood movie, an unknown vocal instructor gets plucked from the audience at the Hollywood Bowl and creates magic on stage with Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth. The performance of Sarah Horn has, in the blink of an eye, changed the trajectory of her life, and taught the rest of us an important life-lesson. Be prepared for your moment, and when it comes, grab it by the horns and ride it all the way to the stars.

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