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What would I do if I weren’t afraid?

By - Last updated: Thursday, January 9, 2014

I stole the above question from Sheryl Sandberg's 2011 commencement address to the graduating class of Barnard College which she talks about in the first chapter of her fabulous book "Lean In."   Sandberg ended her address to the class with the following:   "So please ask yourself: What would I do if I weren't afraid? And then go do it."   Sandberg ends the first chapter of her book with the following words:   "Writing this book is not just me encouraging others to lean in. This is me leaning in. Writing this book is what I would do if I weren't afraid."   Bravo Sheryl!!   So please ask yourself as we being the new year: "What would I do if I weren't afraid? And then go do it."   I dare ...

The Opt Out Generation Wants Back In

By - Last updated: Monday, October 7, 2013

A friend sent me the link to an article published in the New York Times in early August with the title "The Opt Out Generation Wants Back In."  When friends send me articles, I usually read them and tweet about them (if I am inspired to do so),  despite the fact, I am well aware many of you are not on twitter.   In this case, I kept thinking about the article and thought it offered a perspective we don't hear very often, so I am doing things the old fashioned way...I am blogging about it to share the link with you....in the hopes, more of you will read it.   I warn you this article is a long one!! Regardless, I believe it ...

A Letter for Nicolle

By - Last updated: Friday, September 20, 2013

Some time ago, my friend Mary Tod (author of the just released book of historical fiction Unravelled) wrote several letters to her daughter Leslie and I posted them here on my blog. The reaction to her letters was very, very positive and gave me an idea!! What if others wrote similar letters to their granddaughters, daughters and/or nieces and allowed me to post it on my blog?   This is the first letter I received in response to a request I sent out some time ago. I held on to it,  hoping more of you would read it, once we were all " back to school!!"   A Letter for Nicolle Children were never a part of my master plan, so this is a ...

Try to be kinder!!

By - Last updated: Tuesday, September 17, 2013

George Saunders is a New York times bestselling American writer of short stories, essays, novellas and children's books. He delivered the convocation speech at Syracuse University for the class of 2013 which was published in its entirety in the New York Times on July 31, 2013. They felt the entire speech was well worth reading and I agree. You can find it by following the link below:   http://6thfloor.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/31/george-saunderss-advice-to-graduates/?_r=0   I hope you enjoy it!! I thought it was the perfect piece to publish as I get back to posting on my blog after a long summer hiatus!! I would love to hear your thoughts on this piece!! Please share them in the Comments section below.