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Monday Morning Motivator: STRAIGHTEN UP!

 

STRAIGHTEN UP!

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Added by Gail Blanke on August 5, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator: RATTLING CAGES

RATTLING CAGES

 

The Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius (referred to as "the wise") wrote, "If it is good to say or do something, then it…

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Added by Gail Blanke on July 29, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator: PHONY EQUATIONS

PHONY EQUATIONS 

 

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Added by Gail Blanke on July 22, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator: THE REPURPOSED LIFE

THE REPURPOSED LIFE  

 

A very dear friend of ours named David Page is possibly the most creative, imaginative person I know. Not…

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Added by Gail Blanke on July 15, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator: MY FRIEND, JAKE

 

MY FRIEND, JAKE

 

A few years ago I did a radio call-in show…

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Added by Gail Blanke on July 8, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Monday Morning Motovator: FROM SHRINKING VIOLET TO ALPHA FEMALE

 

FROM SHRINKING VIOLET TO ALPHA FEMALE

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Added by Gail Blanke on July 1, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator: SO HOW'RE YOU DOING IN THOSE POLLS?

SO HOW'RE YOU DOING IN THOSE POLLS?

 

Good, I hope. But of course, chances are that'll only last for a minute. The next minute your "polls"…

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Added by Gail Blanke on June 24, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator: What You See...Is What You Get

WHAT YOU SEE...IS WHAT YOU GET

 

Have you ever noticed how when you buy a new car all you can see on a road packed with hundreds of cars, are cars...just like yours…

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Added by Gail Blanke on June 10, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator: DISCONNECTED IN A HYPER-CONNECTED WORLD

DISCONNECTED IN A HYPER-CONNECTED WORLD

 

As I was making my way around the Reservoir in Central Park yesterday I saw an adorable little…

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Added by Gail Blanke on June 3, 2013 at 5:11pm — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator: All the Littles

ALL THE LITTLES...

 

When we moved into our old farm house in Connecticut, there were some lovely trees…

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Added by Gail Blanke on May 27, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator: The Debris of Indecisions

THE DEBRIS OF INDECISIONS

 

It was a Friday morning and Jim (my husband) Willa (our Golden Retriever) and I were packing up the car for a weekend getaway to our farm house in Connecticut. “So how long are you guys going to be gone?” asked Danny our doorman, with just the slightest roll of his eyes (but I caught it..) “A week? Two?” He’s a wonderful guy. He’s been the doorman in our building for about 25 years - and he…

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Added by Gail Blanke on May 20, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator: How Hard Can You Make It?

HOW HARD CAN YOU MAKE IT?

 

I know some companies, some institutions, some people....ceo’s, lawyers, financial planners, teachers, politicians, most of us, actually, whose "taglines"could easily be, “We’re the Widget Company (or whatever) How hard can we make it?” Compelling, right? Right. Especially for the “customer.” I attempted to do a transaction with a bank recently and was so…

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Added by Gail Blanke on May 13, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator: "LES JEUX SONT FAITS!"

"LES JEUX SONT FAITS!"

 

The last time you were hanging around a roulette table in Cannes (okay, maybe Vegas...Foxwoods?) you heard the croupier make that statement. And he always says it twice: “Les jeux sont faits... les jeux sont faits...” usually in a sing-songy way. I can hear it.  And of course, it means, loosely translated, “All bets are made” and no more bets can be placed until the next game. I love…

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Added by Gail Blanke on May 6, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Gail Blanke on NPR

Gail Blanke on NPR…

 

Gail will be on Michel Martin’s show, “Tell Me More,” on NPR this Wednesday, May 1st at approximately 11:40. Here’s a link if you’d like to listen live... …

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Added by Gail Blanke on April 30, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator: Worth Fighting For...

WORTH FIGHTING FOR...

You’ve probably heard the story of the guy who climbs up the steep steps to the Golden Gate to presents himself to St. Peter and St.Peter says, “So, show me your scars!” “Scars?” the guy says, “Uh, I...I don’t have any scars..” “No scars?!” St. Peter asks incredulously.“Was there nothing worth fighting for?”

What is worth fighting for? It’s a good question to ask ourselves. A…

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Added by Gail Blanke on April 29, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator: We are not Afraid...

WE ARE NOT AFRAID...

It’s not unusual for me to be knocked out by a piece written by NY Times columnist, Tom Friedman, but last Wednesday’s column, “Bring On The Next Marathon," hit me square in the heart. He writes about the American imperative to clean up, care for each other...and move on. To do anything less is to empower terrorism and embolden terrorists. “So let’s repair the sidewalks immediately, fix…

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Added by Gail Blanke on April 22, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator: Don't Forget the Mulch

DON’T FORGET THE MULCH...

Here's the thing about spring: You've got to know what to keep and what to let go of. Mother Nature tries to teach us that every single year. If you've got a garden or a lawn or even a window box, you know what I'm talking about. "Spring Clean Up," as the professional lawn guys call it, can be a major production. Everything is starting over and you have to be vigilant about eliminating the…

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Added by Gail Blanke on April 15, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator- IF I HAD A HAMMER.....

 

 IF I HAD A HAMMER.....

You remember that wonderful song, written by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays in 1949 and made…
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Added by Gail Blanke on April 8, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Getting Started

I am up and at it early this morning.  I have read through Gail's book twice now and I love it!! I have to say my friends are loving it too! They are getting to look through all the things that I am throwing out.  They are excited to receive pictures off my walls and jewelry out of my jewelry box.  My friend Connie said, "This is just like Christmas."  Are you sure you don't want this stuff.  I said, I never wear it and it is cluttering up my life.    I went to Wal-Mart and purchased a very…

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Added by Rhonda Prince on April 4, 2013 at 2:37pm — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator-SOMETIMES IT'S JUST NOT YOUR FAULT...

SOMETIMES IT'S JUST NOT YOUR FAULT...  

You know Willa, our Golden Retriever, or if you read the "Monday Morning Motivators" even occasionally, you feel like you do. She's fabulous. A real lover. Totally irresistible, exuberant and completely wonderful. Yes, she jumps up…

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Added by Gail Blanke on March 31, 2013 at 3:38pm — No Comments

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