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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

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

Monday Morning Motivator-YOU DON’T HAVE TO KNOW EVERYTHING!

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…

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Added by Gail Blanke on March 25, 2013 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator-THE MESS INSIDE...

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…

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Added by Gail Blanke on March 18, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator-A WINK, A NOD, A SMILE...

 

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…

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Added by Gail Blanke on March 10, 2013 at 9:48pm — No Comments

Monday Morning Motivator-WHEN THE GIG IS UP...

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…

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Added by Gail Blanke on March 4, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

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