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Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Business & Marketing, Get Inspired, Leadership | 0 comments

Hey, Got a Minute?

Hey, Got a Minute?

I saw a great sign once at the Social Security office in Massachusetts. It said,

“Only have a quick question? So does everyone else. Go to the back of the line!”

It wasn’t great customer service perhaps, but if you are the one everyone comes to asking, “Hey got a minute for a quick question?” I bet you wish you could have this sign over your desk!

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Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Business & Marketing, Business Mindset, Get Inspired, Leadership | 0 comments

Hot Button Issues – Fascinating!

Hot Button Issues – Fascinating!

I was recently listening to someone share a hot button issue for them, a specific customer scenario that really got under her skin. As she described it, the tension in the room escalated. This person became so animated when describing the past situation that she became red faced with frustration. And because emotions spread like viruses, others in the room started getting tense.

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Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Business & Marketing, Get Inspired, Leadership, Success | 0 comments

Finding The Guru Within

Finding The Guru Within

About 3 years ago I thought I found my business guru, the person who was going to help me turn all my gifts and talents into the “6 figure business” I desired, while only working a few hours a day. She had a system. All I had to do was believe in myself enough to pay her money and follow her advice. If I believed and followed well enough, I too could have a beach house, a Tesla, and all the vacation time I wanted.

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Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Contributing Expert, Enlightenment, Get Inspired, Inspirational Audio & Video, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset, Movie Reviews | 0 comments

‘Colossal’ exposes the beauty – and the beast – of the inner self

‘Colossal’ exposes the beauty – and the beast – of the inner self

“Colossal” (2017). Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Austin Stowell, Tim Blake Nelson, Dan Stevens, Hannah Cheramy, Nathan Ellison, Sarah Surh, Haeun Hannah Cho. Director: Nacho Vigalondo. Screenplay: Nacho Vigalondo. Web site. Trailer.

Ever feel like you’ve unwittingly projected something of yourself out onto the world? That might not be so bad if it’s something benevolent. But what if it’s resulted in something positively monstrous? That’s the uncomfortable realization faced by a shocked young protagonist in the new sci-fi comedy, “Colossal.”

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Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Contributing Expert, Enlightenment, Get Inspired, Inspirational Audio & Video, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset, Movie Reviews | 0 comments

‘Gifted’ shows us the path to balance

‘Gifted’ shows us the path to balance

“Gifted” (2017). Cast: Chris Evans, McKenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate, Octavia Spencer, John M. Jackson, Glenn Plummer, John Finn, Elizabeth Marvel, Jon Sklaroff, Michael Randall Kaplan, Keir O’Donnell, Joe Chrest, Kelly Collins Lintz. Director: Marc Webb. Screenplay: Tom Flynn. Web site. Trailer.

What does it mean to be a kid? That can be a precarious proposition, especially these days. But what happens when you’re a child with special talents, such as phenomenal intelligence or extreme aptitude for a particular skill or ability? That can complicate matters even further, especially when you’re caught up between competing forces that each contend they have “your” best interests at heart. Those are the dynamics at work in the thoughtful new family saga, “Gifted.”

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Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Enlightenment, Get Inspired, Inspirational Audio & Video, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset, Movie Reviews | 0 comments

‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ profiles courage in action

‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ profiles courage in action

“The Zookeeper’s Wife” (2017). Cast: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Brühl, Timothy Radford, Val Maloku, Efrat Dor, Iddo Goldberg, Shira Haas, Michael McElhatton. Director: Niki Caro. Screenplay: Angela Workman, Book: Diane Ackerman, The Zookeeper’s Wife. Web site. Trailer.

If you had the means to protect the persecuted from a horrific fate, would you be willing to provide it? If so, how far would you go with it? Would you proceed even if your own safety were at stake? Those are difficult questions and even more difficult choices. But, for a courageous husband and wife team, there was no question about what to do, as seen in the new, fact-based historical drama, “The Zookeeper’s Wife.”

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Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Business & Marketing, Get Inspired | 0 comments

I’ve Had A Realization

I’ve Had A Realization

I’ve had a realization, a palm to forehead kind of thing. I’ve been referring to myself as a coach for so stinking long that I actually believe it. But when I stop and look at the facts (the clients I work with and the work I do with them), I realize that I’m actually a business consultant. I think I’ve avoided owning it because, well, being a business consultant sounds like I should “know it all” and I don’t.

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Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Business & Marketing, Business Mindset, Get Inspired, Leadership, Success | 2 comments

Joy At Work – Creating Your Own Culture

Joy At Work – Creating Your Own Culture

I had coffee with an acquaintance who also is a therapist. She was sharing how she sees more and more clients who are stuck in their work and how their inability to leave causes them to go into survival mode, resentfully counting the days until retirement. This stress of feeling stuck professionally wreaks havoc in many other areas of their lives, including physical and emotional well being and the ability to foster and maintain fulfilling relationships. Living in survival mode causes them to come up with strategies to cope, many of which may be considered passive aggressive or manipulative.

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Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Contributing Expert, Mind, Body & Spirit, Smart Women Tips | 0 comments

More Abundance

More Abundance

Everyone wants more abundance because it implies an infinite connection with the “good” aspects of the universe. For those who have ample abundance, there are dreams of love, better health, or a different way of life. Ultimately, it’s the same vision but slightly different.

Abundance is a frequency. It’s much like tapping into a radio station, a particular band of energy. As with the radio, you have to know the “number” or feeling of the frequency to locate it. You also have to search for it and tune into it. We identify the right frequency by listening to the “sound” for a moment or two.

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Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Contributing Expert, Enlightenment, Love & Happiness, Mind, Body & Spirit | 1 comment

Creating More Blessings

Creating More Blessings

It’s interesting to note that it is possible to expand your blessings by altering the flow of your mind. When you learn to focus on universal connection, the direction of life often changes.

Here are a few tips:

  1. Imagine blessings as a gentle, soft wind. If you stand in the wind, it lifts your hair, brings warmth, and makes delightful sounds. Imagine this as an energy, which you can feel and touch. It is moving gently through your life, and you receive its loveliness. (In general, people tend anticipate or feel anxiety about future. In this case, you are simply receiving.)
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Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Business & Marketing, Business Mindset, Contributing Expert, Enlightenment, Get Inspired | 0 comments

Reinvent, Grow, Repeat

Reinvent, Grow, Repeat

Career success is all about reinvention, which creates your personal branding and expert platform.

But here’s a secret: you don’t always get reinvention—or branding—right on the first try.

Gail’s friend Alex learned this lesson from a golden retriever named Ralph.

Alex lived in a nice suburban neighborhood, and when he let Ralph out in the morning, Ralph would jump the fence and not come back until he had retrieved all of the neighbors’ newspapers. That was cute the first time, but pretty soon, it got to be a problem. As fond as Alex was of Ralph, he thought maybe Ralph would do better with a little more room to roam.

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Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Contributing Expert, Enlightenment, Get Inspired, Inspirational Audio & Video, Love & Happiness, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset, Movie Reviews | 0 comments

‘A United Kingdom’ showcases the power of love

‘A United Kingdom’ showcases the power of love

“A United Kingdom” (2016 production, 2017 release). Cast: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael, Terry Pheto, Jessica Oyelowo, Vusi Kunene, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Anastasia Hille, Arnold Oceng, Charlotte Hope, Theo Landey, Abena Ayvior, Jack Lowden, Madison Manowe. Director: Amma Asante. Screenplay: Guy Hibbert. Web site. Trailer.

The power of love is undeniable. In fact, when employed skillfully, it can work wonders, not only in interpersonal relationships, but also in circumstances that have wider ramifications, some of which may be unforeseen at the outset. That’s the surprising and amazing outcome for a romance once considered taboo, one even with international implications, as depicted in the new historical love story, “A United Kingdom.”

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Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Contributing Expert, Enlightenment, Mind, Body & Spirit | 0 comments

String Theory & Music

String Theory & Music

The Universe as a Symphony of Strings

What do Fifth Century B.C. Pythagoreans have in common with modern state-of-the art cosmologists & physicists? In a word – strings! For the ancient Greek Pythagoreans it was the lyre string; modern scientists postulate infinitesimally small strings as the ultimate building blocks of the universe.

The Greeks found that the tone of a plucked lyre string corresponded to its length. Changing the length of the vibrating string changed the tone in a precise way; double the length and the tone goes down by a full octave; reduce the length by two-thirds, the note changes by a fifth. The laws of music and harmonics are discovered and reduced to mathematics. The Pythagoreans believe everything is based on music and math.

The Pythagoreans extended this thinking in attempt to explain the entire universe. They partially succeeded but ultimately failed in their attempts.

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Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Enlightenment, Mind, Body & Spirit | 0 comments

Gentle Insights into the Self

Gentle Insights into the Self

  1. You’re more powerful than you think. Your feelings and thoughts affect the space and people around you. When you consciously direct your thoughts in a positive way, it changes the flow of the events. The best way to create conscious change is through the inner self and connection with the universe.
  2. You create a better future by believing in your power to do so. The potential becomes greater when you practice visualization and gain awareness of your thoughts and feelings. By seeing your inner world with a different light, you learn how to envision for the outer world. When many people hold a positive vision for the outer world, it’s possible to create amazing change.
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Posted by on Feb 19, 2017 in Business & Marketing, Business Mindset, Contributing Expert, Get Inspired, Success | 0 comments

Do You Stay Calm While Waiting to Speak?

Do You Stay Calm While Waiting to Speak?

Recently one of my newer clients asked me for advice on how to stay calm at an up-coming event, when she had to sit through another person’s talk before giving her own business presentation.

Since she already struggles with nerves and a shaky voice even when she doesn’t have to wait to speak, she was really worried about whether or not she could even give her presentation under those circumstances.

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Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Contributing Expert, Get Inspired, Inspirational Audio & Video, Mindset, Movie Reviews | 0 comments

‘Paterson’ celebrates life’s poetic nature

‘Paterson’ celebrates life’s poetic nature

“Paterson” (2016). Cast: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Barry Shabaka Henley, Chasten Harmon, William Jackson Harper, Masatoshi Nagase, Rizwani Manji, Cliff Smith, Sterling Jerins, Johnnie Mae, Trevor Parham, Troy T. Parham, Nellie the bulldog. Director: Jim Jarmusch. Screenplay: Jim Jarmusch. Web site. Trailer.

How do you view your reality? Do you see it as a collection of material commodities or as an aggregation of small, magnificent, often-underappreciated wonders? Do you take the time to appreciate the details of the elements that populate your existence, or do you gloss over them as insignificant irrelevancies? And what conclusions do you come away with from such assessments? Those are some of the thoughtful ponderings raised in the quietly meditative new independent release, “Paterson.”

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Posted by on Jan 27, 2017 in Caregivers & Legacy, Contributing Expert, Designated Daughter, Enlightenment, Get Inspired, Inspirational Audio & Video, Love & Happiness, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset, Movie Reviews | 0 comments

‘Things to Come’ extols the joys of liberation

‘Things to Come’ extols the joys of liberation

“Things to Come” (“L’avenir”) (2016). Cast: Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Roman Kolinka, Edith Scob, Sarah Le Picard, Solal Forte, Elise Lhomeau, Daniel Dray-Rabotnik, Guy-Patrick Sainderichen, Yves Heck, Rachel Arditi. Director: Mia Hansen-Løve. Screenplay: Mia Hansen-Løve. Web site. Trailer.

Having it made is something we all crave, right? The prospects of all of our material, vocational and emotional needs being met probably has tremendous appeal for most of us. But what happens when what we thought we wanted becomes a trap that keeps us from exploring other options? We may come to feel stifled, restricted and unfulfilled. But what do we do about it? Those are the questions raised in the thought-provoking new French melodrama, “Things to Come” (“L’avenir”).

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Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in Contributing Expert, Enlightenment, Get Inspired, Inspirational Audio & Video, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset, Movie Reviews | 0 comments

‘Fences’ wrestles with the limits of personal barriers

‘Fences’ wrestles with the limits of personal barriers

“Fences” (2016). Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, Saniyya Sidney. Director: Denzel Washington. Screenplay: August Wilson. Play: August Wilson, Fences. Web site. Trailer.

The parameters of our existence define the reality we experience. But who or what defines those parameters? Discovering the answer to that question has been a source of debate for eons, but, when we take a really close look at it, we find that the responsibility rests squarely in our own hands, an idea thoughtfully explored in the engaging new stage-to-screen adaptation of playwright August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work, “Fences.”

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Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Contributing Expert, Get Inspired, Love & Happiness, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset | 0 comments

The Musical Spell for LOVE

The Musical Spell for LOVE

Music creates feelings.  I think at Valentine’s Day the question is, “Can music create love?” Feelings, such as love and the energy of music are more connected than we ever imagined! Both energies have waves, which combine in close proximity.

Recall how the sound track of a movie makes you feel. The sound-waves play your “feelings,” as if your body is a harp. Music triggers your feelings, hence music can indeed enhance love.

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Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Contributing Expert, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset | 0 comments

Creating More Inner Connection

Creating More Inner Connection

It’s challenging to stay centered, peaceful, and balanced when the energies of the world change several times each day. Empaths and healers feel the world turn and surge with global events and strong emotions of mass consciousness. We also feel the people around us.

The “light” energy amplifies everything. The energy is challenging, and it’s important to tap into the inner self on a regular basis to find our way.  Otherwise, we lose touch with the inner self, which acts as a light on the path.

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Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Contributing Expert, Enlightenment, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset | 0 comments

I Cannot Tell A Lie

I Cannot Tell A Lie

Golfers invent a myriad of excuses in order to sneak out and play this much beloved game.  Sometimes it is an early exit from work, other times it’s a respite from chores, the spouse, or the honey-do list.  Admittedly I may have been guilty a time or two decades ago before golf became my work or when an old boyfriend didn’t play golf and didn’t want me to, either.   These days I need to provide reasons I’m not playing golf.

In 1984 I became Director of Music at St. Rita Church in Detroit and my responsibilities were to oversee the music ministries there, conduct choir rehearsals, play and sing at weekend and holiday liturgies, funerals and weddings, and to attend staff and parish council meetings;  but basically, I had some free time during the week to do as I pleased, which included responsibilities at Capers, the restaurant I’ve owned since 1982, and of course, playing golf.

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