On the Cutting Edge of Change

Leadership, Violence, and Vigilance: Ray Rice, Roger Goodell, and the NFL

Remember where you were on September 11, 2001? Now, 13 years later can you answer this question: how did it change the way you see the world? For many it activated fear to a new level, for others the desire to crush the enemy, whoever they are. For some, it was the beginning of thinking about.. read more →

Time To Grow Up

Mike just had his performance review and while his boss said all the right words the translation was “GROW UP.” Mike is in his late 30’s and has two kids, a wife, mortgage and a sleek car. They go on several vacations a year. Mike buys everyone great gifts. He is good to his parents... read more →

Gentle Leadership: Thank You Pete Seeger

How do you measure the weight of a human life? What really matters? That is the key question for all of us. What really matters? Pete Seeger is an example of what the words decent and dedicated look like in action. This man was truly leadership in action. As I was looking for some songs for my book.. read more →

5 Ways to have a perfect Christmas every day of the year

You know the songs;” it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” and you feel that warm, fun feeling spread through your body, even though it is a rainy day in December. Or maybe “Frosty the Snowman” runs through your mind and you hear the laughter and rustle of opening those special gifts on Christmas.. read more →

Missed the fireworks by a day

We were there on Friday. Yup. We were at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Even had lunch at The Volcano House. We stood at the steam vents (great for a facial) and went as far as we could go to get some “hot” pictures of Kilauea and the lava flow. Missed the big show by.. read more →

What do you do when you are ignored?

Did you ever sit in a restaurant and wonder if you had a snake on your head, or maybe a bird’s nest, or a mouse, or if your face had turned bright blue? You sit there and question why the server is taking so long to get to your table. It looks like everyone else.. read more →

GUTSY Women and Attachment Parenting

Time magazine May issue started a major brouhaha that is hopefully the beginning of a great dialogue about what it means to be a parent and what children really want and need. For me, the photo of the mother and three year old son at his mother’s breast brought up the controversy from decades ago.. read more →

Review of Mother’s Day

Hey mom…did you get flowers, a potted plant, candy, a dinner at the best local eatery? Did you get a phone call? A Card? Was the communication nostalgic or trite? Was there an edge of animosity or real appreciation? Mother’s Day is a multi-layered, complex day filled with stuff that is often unsaid by both.. read more →

Decisions, Deciding, Decided

I learned a bad habit from my mother. It was during that famous time when the phrase “the customer is always right” was the mantra of the retail world. I learned all about the world of shopping from her. You name it; she was a master shopper of clothes, shoes, pocketbooks, makeup, and on and.. read more →

PINK is for GUTSY GIRLS

Picture this scene: a four year old brother and a six year old sister are fighting over television rights. She wants “Word Girl”, the GUTSY gal heroine who fights all the bad in the world with her extensive vocabulary; or something like that. He wants “The Transformers” and “Super Heroes” who fight all the bad.. read more →