Wednesday, December 26, 2012


"And make the day after Christmas
The best day of the year    
And the day after that even better
No matter what season it may be
Christmas cheer will follow me
Day after day after day after
Day after Christmas"

© Black/Sager/Del Verle

song lyrics & photo circa 1999 - heading to Nashville (gotta love the hair!)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Debbie Phillips

“Here are 10 ideas to make the busy month ahead a little less stressful and a lot more fun and rewarding:

1) Schedule now a relaxing, healing treatment for yourself.  Time for a manicure, pedicure, massage, facial, etc. will be welcome relief during the holiday hubbub.

2) As with the amaryllis, find something to keep close by that is growing or glowing as a daily reminder of beauty and simplicity.

3) Read Elaine St. James’s inspiring little book — Simplify Your Christmas: 100 Ways To Reduce the Stress and Recapture the Joys of the Holidays. Amazon Link.(Even if you’re not celebrating Christmas, the author offers helpful ideas to make this time of the year easier.)

4) …someone in your life you’ve been missing and thinking about? Maybe you had a falling out.  Or life got too busy to really connect. Reach out. It will delight both of you.

5) Schedule a “girls’ lunch” or “girls’ night out” with friends you love being with and feel rejuvenated by when you’re with them.

6) Find a new holiday song to enjoy!

7) Consider going on a “communications diet” for at least several days.  From December 21-January 1, I take a break from email and all social media including Facebook to give myself a rest from constant communication. You’re welcome to join me.

8) Take stock of all your major activities and events in 2012.  Share with a friend or make it a family activity. Discuss what you accomplished and are proudest of; and what you didn’t get to do in 2012 that you want to make happen in 2013.

9) Schedule now some “sacred” times during December for peace and quiet — and spend it doing whatever will make you happy and fill your heart and soul.

10) Add something new to a favorite holiday tradition.  This year I’m going to make Gabrielle Hamilton’s milk punch with sesame cookies instead of egg nog and thumbprint cookies.”


pioneer in life coaching, author, speaker, film producer and founder of Women on Fire

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Jamie Wasserman

"It used to be the proverbial question: ‘It’s 10 o’clock, do you know where your children are?’…Now your kid can be sitting a few feet away from you in the living room with a laptop, being damaged…Our kids are being socialized…at warp speed. They’re never off social duty."

Jamie Wasserman
child therapist practicing in Manhattan as told to Lee Siegel “Newsweek”

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Martha Gellhorn

"Why do people talk of the horrors of old age? It's great. I feel like a fine old car with the parts gradually wearing out, but I'm not complaining...Those who find growing old terrible are people who haven't done what they wanted with their lives."

author, travel writer, journalist who had no intention of
being a “footnote in someone else’s life”

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Angela Baker

"It's harder to be home. There's more stuff going on. 
At least when you're overseers you have structure…
At home it's complete chaos all the time…
 is truly amazing, that someone can recognize that." 

fulltime mom, staff sergeant in the National Guard and married to a service member
Shining Service Worldwide™ supports women in the military community       

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Eve Ensler

"When we give in the world what we want the most, 
 we heal the broken part inside each of us."

playwright, author, activist
V-Day 2.14.13 One Billion Rising

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Marion Woodman

"When I say the feminine, I don't mean gender.
 I mean the feminine principle that is living
—or suppressed—in both men and women.
 The feminine principle attempts to relate.
 Instead of breaking things off into parts, it says,
 Where are we alike? How can we connect? 
Where is the love? Can you listen to me?
 Can you really hear what I am saying? 
Can you see me? Do you care whether
 you see me or not?"

pioneering Jungian analyst   

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Susan L. Taylor

"Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us."

editor, writer, journalist

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Julia Cameron

"So often we try to gird ourselves to face a harsh
and difficult world when we might instead gentle 
both ourselves and our world just by slowing down…..
We could take a cue from music here: 'Rest' is 
musical term for a pause between flurries of notes. 
Without that tiny pause, the torrent of notes can be overwhelming. Without a rest in our lives, the torrent of our lives can be the same."

 teacher, author, artist, poet, playwright, novelist, filmmaker, composer, and journalist

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Angelina Jolie & Malala Yousafzai

"As girls across Pakistan stand up to say 'I am Malala,' they do not stand alone. Mothers and teachers around the world are telling their children and students about Malala, and encouraging them to be a part of her movement for girls’ education."

 award-winning actress writing about Malala Yousafzai
  a 14-year-old Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting  girls' education 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Martha Burk

"I wish I could say that corporate America will open up for women and allow them into the real corridors of power, but we know that in many cases, that isn't happening. Still this is a very good day and another example of how things can change if women speak out on these topics."

Martha Burk political psychologist and women's issues expert quoted after Condi Rice & Darla Moore were the first women admitted to Augusta National Country Club 10 years after she first approached the club about accepting women as members

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Chinese Proverb

“Women hold up half the sky.”


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Linda Lowen

“Perhaps [women] only earn 77 cents on every dollar men make. But my goal is to help us all embrace two truths: 1) We're worth every penny. 2) It's time for a raise.”

Linda Lowen writer with focus on women’s issues

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Bella Abzug

"We are coming down from our pedestal and up from the laundry room.”

Bella Abzug (1920-1998)

lawyer, Congresswoman, activist and former leader of the Women’s Movement


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Julia Roberts

"My real hair color is kind of a dark blonde. Now I just have mood hair.

Julia Roberts award-winning actress

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Robin Roberts

"There’s a quote that really resonates with me when I think about this time in my life. ‘Life provides losses and heartbreak for all of us. But the greatest tragedy is to have the experience and miss the meaning.’”

newscaster who recently took medical leave 
and lost her mother