YOU DON’T HAVE TO KNOW EVERYTHING!
You really don’t. You - 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’ve got better things to do than to be everybody’s go-to person on every subject all the time. (“Better things” might include being the one whom other people can count on to be the expert or best-in-class person at one thing... But more of that in a…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on March 25, 2013 at 12:04pm — No Comments
THE MESS INSIDE...
Remember Rex Harrison as Professor Higgins in “My Fair Lady”? His delightful, tongue in cheek rendition of the song, “Why Can’t a Woman Be More Like a Man?!” popped into my head the other day. (Probably because of the barrage of controversial commentary about Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In.. Actually, I’m trying to decide if she would - or wouldn’t - like that song..) One of my favorite lines near the end is, “Straightening up…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on March 18, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
A WINK, A NOD, A SMILE...
“Blanke!!!”The voice was deep and shrill at the same time. I jerked my head up from my note taking. “What do you think you’re doing???!!” I was terror stricken. The yelling was coming from my biology 101 professor.... in front of a class of about fifty. “You’re not listening,Blanke, are…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on March 10, 2013 at 9:48pm — No Comments
WHEN THE GIG IS UP...
Whether you’re an actor, a politician, a CEO, a television news anchor, a fireman, a teacher, a stand-up comic or an exotic dancer, there comes a time when the gig is up. Your contract expires, they bring in new “talent,” the play closes or you just decide enough is enough. It happens to just about all of us. Then the question is, “Now what? I mean, who am I if I’m no longer________?"
Take Peggy, for instance. She…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on March 4, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
It was a cold, windy morning in early January. I was riding my bike as I did every morning when I was very young, to a small school in Florida that I attended for a few months each winter. I’d had pneumonia as an infant and doctors had warned my parents that it would be “dangerous” if I had another bout...and that the “lake effect” snow and wind in Cleveland could not only turn your face red and your nose blue but wreak havoc…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on February 25, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
Best book I've read in months: "Emotional Blackmail" by Susan Forward. FANTASTIC.
Reading this and applying it will clear the clutter in your mind regarding manipulating people in your life and it just may open your eyes to people who are manipulating you without you even knowing.
Added by Cynthia Medley-Evanetski on February 21, 2013 at 10:15am — No Comments
"BE ALWAYS GOOD"
Not all that easy, right? Not in this "Barnum & Bailey World...” (Remember? "...just as phony as it can be...”) with its stunning hypocrisy, lying, cheating and stealing, its "how much can we get away with?" attitude, its relentless, tamped down, boiling up rage, resentment...and the resulting revenge on our brothers and sisters. It's hard to seek out good when bad is ever present. It's hard…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on February 19, 2013 at 3:48pm — No Comments
THE OTHER SIDE OF FEAR...
Our fear of failing is huge. So is our fear of looking foolish. Or being ‘“wrong.” Or…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on February 11, 2013 at 11:50am — No Comments
Forget bland, boring perfection. Flaws are good. In fact, having a few flaws, whether you’re a pizza company, a big time celebrity or just a regular guy, can make you even more than awesome, it can make you uh, “Flawsome.” Yes, Flawsome is a word all right. (I heard it might’ve been coined by a senior executive at Pepsi but that could be “flawed” info.) You might be rolling your eyes but it’s more than a cringe-worthy…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on February 3, 2013 at 11:51pm — No Comments
WE ARE MADE FOR THIS MOMENT...
I love these lines from President Obama’s Inaugural Address:
"America's possibilities are limitless; we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive, diversity and openness, an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention. My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment and we will seize…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on January 28, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments
HERE COMES TROUBLE...
That's what they used to say about me when I was a very little girl and walked into just about any room of adults. I'm not sure why, maybe like most little kids, I had a point of view, was a bit obstreperous (I threw myself down in the middle of a room once and kicked my feet because I'd seen some child star do it in a movie - and just wanted to try it out...) and had a habit of interrupting the conversation with my own…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on January 23, 2013 at 10:47am — No Comments
FREE TO BE YOU, FREE TO BE ME...
Well, this is definitely where the rubber meets the road. This is the moment - the dawn of a brand new, fresh, clean,…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on January 14, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments
WHAT TO BRING, WHAT TO LEAVE BEHIND…
The question of what to bring with us into the New Year - into the future, into the next great segment of our lives - and what to leave behind is not a frivolous one. Nor are the answers necessarily obvious or even easy. We’ve just wrapped up a ten day sojourn at our old farm house in Connecticut and as I packed up to go back to NYC, I realized how much stuff I’d brought with me. I mean,…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on January 7, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Hurricane Sandy Was a Wake-up Call on a Lot of Levels. One is: What Happens to Our Critical Family Documents When Almost Everything is Swept Away…?
Like all of us, I was appalled by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and the havoc it wreaked on so many people’s lives. Much of the extreme damage to physical property was totally unavoidable. But some of the physical loss could’ve been avoided…like the loss or destruction of our critical…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on November 20, 2012 at 4:28pm — No Comments
I live in lower Manhattan and, on Tuesday, October 30th, post-Sandy, when the power went out, I decided to head to my sister’s in the Bronx. I began the walk down 24 flights of stairs, in the dark, with a suitcase, two cats in seprarte carriers and a flashlight. On the 20th floor, I ran into a saint of a man who was on his way up but carried the suitcase and one of the cats all the way down for me. I would have kissed him if I wasn't drenched with sweat. I had a comfortable stay at my…Continue
Added by Smiti Kumar on November 9, 2012 at 10:42am — No Comments
My husband and I were blessed by being without power for only 4 days. We spent our candlelit nights playing scrabble wearing parkas, ear muffs and hats. We listened to our transistor radio and felt such pride in Gov. Christy’s leadership. We visualized the devastation at the Jersey shore through the descriptions told to us on the radio. When our power came on, Don and I danced the “Snoopy dance” in our living room. We are grateful for our blessings.
Having a clutter free home…Continue
Added by Eileen Bergman on November 6, 2012 at 4:33pm — No Comments
I read your book two years ago and about the time I finished it was time to celebrate the Jewish New Year. I had an epiphany of how I wanted to celebrate the holidays. After services one day I asked my husband to join me to sort through our overflowing bookshelves in our living room, tv room, and basement. Our goal was to eliminate books that were no longer of interest, and to create a pile to donate to charity.
I found the experience to be rejuvinating and very freeing. I was…Continue
Added by Eileen Bergman on October 19, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments
I've reorganized the house: moved the furniture around & even got rid of some.
The Bedroom: The clutter that was all over the floor is now put away (bins of knitting yarn, bins of old photographs that I'm in the process of sorting out, bins of old clothes, the ironing board, an empty planter), and I moved out the office furniture and printer, etc., giving the room an open, relaxing feel. I even cleaned off the balcony, getting rid…Continue
Added by Mary Kip on September 20, 2012 at 6:34pm — No Comments
Its been over 3 years since I've been on here. My life has changed drastically. And the mess has built up. As in UP UP AND AWAY. I've gotten married, and my husband has a 4 year old daughter. I've moved 3 times in the past year, once to my home town for school, second was in with my husband after we got married, and third when we bought our house back in April. I hope Im done with it for a while. I was hoping to use the moving process as a clean out but it didnt work that way. We managed to…Continue
Added by Raegan Michele on September 20, 2012 at 11:08am — No Comments
Well, sometimes anyway! Recently, a big Wall Street Mogul was passing through my home office and remarked that
it seemed like a beehive of activity.....( in truth, I have nothing that I am involved in of great import, but i had just returned
from a month away and had dumped all the TO DO stuff in the office).........I said NOT really. He said BUT do YOU KNOW
WHERE EVERYTHING IS? and I said Yes! (kinda).Often, with little help, I can go right to what i need within…Continue
Added by dupre cochran on September 8, 2012 at 6:26am — No Comments