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Rockin’ the World, Inside Out

“The most important thing to remember is that you can wear all the greatest clothes and all the greatest shoes, but you’ve got to have a good spirit on the inside. That’s what’s really going to make you look like you’re ready to rock the world.”    — Alicia Keys For those of you who watched […]

Sliding Doors

When I heard the news that Whitney Houston had died in a bathtub on February 11, 2012, I couldn’t help thinking, “What if she had decided not to take that bath but had just gone to bed instead?  Would she still be alive?  Pointless speculation, of course.  Whitney and her soulful, spiritual, and majestic voice […]

Saving All My Love For You

John and I met in October 1997.  By the time Valentine’s Day rolled around in 1998, we had been dating less than six months.  Even though our relationship was still in its infancy, we had a very strong connection and attraction, and I knew that we were already light-years ahead of any prior relationship I […]

Heroes Among Us

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”  Christopher Reeve When I was a child living in Illinois, my older brother, Peter, and I always eagerly awaited Saturday mornings.  We’d be up at 6am, while it was still dark outside, and race in our […]

Life Isn’t Fair

Just to set the record straight, I haven’t always embodied my mantra, “Don’t Hide It, Flaunt It.”  Rather, it took me years to get here.  Although I was generally a happy kid, I always aimed to blend in so that my two fingers and two toes never defined me.  It would have worked better if […]

All in the Family

Preface For those of you familiar with the 1970’s sitcom, “All in the Family,” you can’t  forget watching the bigoted Archie Bunker repeatedly mock his son-in law, Mike Stivik, (aka “Meathead”) for everything from his Polish  ethnicity to his long-haired hippie appearance. Archie was relentless.  The day I can’t forget, though, is when I was […]

There’s No Business Like Show Business

Now that I’ve confessed my fashion obsession on national TV, it won’t surprise you to learn I watched the Golden Globes this past weekend as much for the red carpet couture as for the winners and losers.  And I was looking forward to an untamed Ricky Gervais.  While not everyone is a fan or is […]


Preface What does it take to prepare oneself to speak in front of millions of people?  I realize many people never face such a prospect and most decline to speak before even a small audience.  I learned recently that the notion of such a presentation must be extremely intimidating to many because the most common […]

I Did “It”

Okay, I know that anyone reading this post is probably already aware of my spot on Today (NBC) this past week.  While, yes, the title of this blog, “I did it” does reflect my relief and satisfaction at the experience, in fact, I reached a different kind of milestone that day. What you don’t know […]

Don’t Hide It, Flaunt It

We all start out so unabashedly unashamed.  Whatever makes us unique and special, we regard without concern; we flaunt it without a care. Then we grow up and we begin to absorb rather than deflect how others see us.  If we are fortunate, we learn how to cope and just maybe grow stronger, but it’s not […]

Looking Back, Moving Forward

Preface Remember the first time you watched A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens?  I was particularly taken with The Ghost of Christmas Past, who was the first of three spirits that haunted Ebenezer Scrooge.  In the story, the Ghost of Christmas Past took Scrooge around in a robe, showing him scenes from his past that […]

Man in the Mirror

When I was pregnant with Ethan I often stressed about every aspect of what could possibly go wrong before delivery.   At the time, I even remember cursing the person that wrote, “What To Expect When You are Expecting.”  One day near the end of my pregnancy, my sister-in-law, Liz, (who already had two children) said […]

My Little Girl

January 1974 My mother turned to me.  “You must not be my little girl because my little girl has the most beautiful brown eyes.”  I turned to her with a wide grin. “I have big brown eyes Mommy!  “Well, MY little girl has gorgeous long dark brown hair!”  Grabbing my hair with both fingers, “Look […]

Glass Half-Full

A couple of years ago for our anniversary, John and I decided to spend the day in Manhattan together by ourselves.  Since having our three children, as close as we live to NYC, it is rare such an outing actually occurs.  We even had no blue-print for the day, a true anomaly in our over-planned […]

A Moment of Thanks

Thanksgiving is known for its celebration of the harvest, but the first Thanksgiving was celebrated to give thanks for safe guidance to the “New World.”  In Canada, Thanksgiving is a celebration for surviving  a particularly long journey through perils of storms and icebergs.  Notwithstanding the historical element, Thanksgiving has often been a special time of the […]