ONE CHIP AT A TIME...
Well, this is definitely where the rubber meets the road. This is the moment: the dawn of a brand new, fresh, clean, never-before-touched, wide open year. No die has been cast; no promises have been made - or broken. Absolutely anything is possible. And it’s all yours for the…Continue
A CUP O’ KINDNESS...
The beautiful, nostalgic, tear-producing, kiss-causing, heart-tugging song, “Auld Lang Syne,” written by the poet, Robert Burns in 1788 and set to a Scots folk melody, is considered one of Scotland’s finest gifts to the world. Sung every New Year’s Eve at the stroke of…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on December 30, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
FALLING IN LOVE...
Remember that wonderful old song, "The Christmas Waltz?” I love these lyrics: "It's that time of year...When the world falls in love...Every song you hear seems to say..."Merry Christmas, May your new year's dreams come…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on December 23, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
ANY GIVEN MONDAY
You remember that terrific 1999 film, Any Given Sunday,directed by Oliver Stone and staring Al Pacino.
It's about a fictional football team, the once great Miami Sharks, who are struggling to…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on December 19, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
Celebrating the Moments that Define Us...
It's that time of year... the perfect time to take a look back at your "defining moments" from the past year - and "get it" about how really good, incredibly strong and thoroughly unstoppable you are - as an individual - as a family, as a team.…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on December 9, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
WE’LL MEET AGAIN
Within a week, Jim (my husband) and I attended two memorial services for very dear friends. Needless to say it was a tough few days- but it was also thought-provoking and even uplifting.
The first service was for the renowned British journalist, Jeffrey Blyth, former chief U.S. correspondent for The Daily Mail and weekly columnist for the UK’s Press…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on December 2, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
RE-IGNITING THE SPIRIT
With the fiftieth anniversary of President Kennedy's death, we've once again become fixated by his assassination, partly because of the news media - and partly, I guess, because it's human nature to play and re-play that beyond terrible moment in Dallas when our hearts broke and the whole world grieved...the day when we knew nothing would ever be the same again.…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on November 25, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
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 had been a star on his high school soccer team. We talked about his toughest game, one that he’d helped pull out of the fire to win the league…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on November 18, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
GRACE UNDER PRESSURE...WINS
Hitting below the belt or thereabouts, seems to be de riguer lately. "Confrontational" doesn't even begin to describe how many of us behave in what are supposed to be reasonable, "fact-finding" conversations. (Although discovering "facts" doesn't seem as important as collecting scalps.) "Conflagrational" seems a more accurate description.
Okay, what I'm describing…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on November 11, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
IT'S TODAY AGAIN!
There was a very cute guy whom I dated a hundred years ago at Yale Drama School, who walked into class one sunny morning and said apropos of absolutely nothing, "Oh look! It's today again!" We all looked at him like he was crazy. In fact, he was sort of crazy which was part of his charm - both on stage and off. He had a lot of positive…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on November 4, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
THE LAST STARFISH
He was huddled on a little stool, pressed into the wall of a building on Fifth Avenue about a half block down from Saks. He didn't have a sign in front of him and wasn't holding a cup. He couldn't. His hands were misshapen; almost as if they had been "put on" backwards. He just looked up and said quietly, "Please."
I kept walking. I was hurrying from…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on October 28, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
JUST THE WAY YOU ARE...
Added by Gail Blanke on October 21, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
OF TERRORISTS...AND TREES
There was no warning. Suddenly the lights went out in the bedroom of our house…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on October 14, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
MONDAYS ARE FOR SINGING...
"You've got to have a song," I said in one of my Lifedesigns workshops. “What?!” a woman said,…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on October 7, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
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YOUR MAGICAL LISTENING TOUR
The art of listening (and it is an art) is not practiced all that much anymore. "Already knowing"…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on September 30, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
DON’T THINK ABOUT IT, JUST DO IT
Just when you might have thought all the “bad guys” were taking over, a “good guy” shows up and touches the lonely hearts and jaded minds of people from Hopkins, Minnesota to just about every village and hamlet in this eager-for-good-news country of ours. That’s where it happened: Hopkins, Minnesota at the Main Street Dairy Queen. The “good guy’s" name is Joey Prusack. He’s nineteen years old and is…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on September 23, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
NO EXPERIENCE IS EVER WASTED
Recently, someone whom I'd just met was reading my bio and noted that I'd majored in acting at Yale Graduate…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on September 16, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
FIND A WAY
Diana Nyad's extraordinary success - being the first person to swim the 103 miles from Havana to Key West without the protection…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on September 9, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT DAYS IN YOUR LIFE...
Mark Twain wrote, “The two most important days in your life are - the day you…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on September 2, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments