I Wonder …

Bill the Bull stares at me with brown glassy eyes. He sits forlornly in the middle of a large, padded basement pen in a dark midtown NYC restaurant. The damp hint of stale beer gently lingers in the air. His sad face beckons “Play with me! Play with me!” The nearly-empty room ignores him. (It […]

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“It’s 46 degrees!” Joe squeals, on hearing the weather report. (To the extent that a grown man and former champion power lifter would actually squeal). “Let’s go to the beach!” “Why?” I ask, maybe a little condescendingly. “The Polar Bears are there!” he replies. Sigh. The beach? Okay, so it’s a little warm for early […]

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Post image for Making It Legal’s Swan Song . . . Sorta

On a bleak January morning a few years ago, I got a call at 8:47.  My husband’s Uncle Jimmy had died.  James V. McGuinness was a New York City beat cop for many years, a dutiful (and hard-nosed) father of 5, with a dry sense of humor and a wide smile (when you could coax it […]

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I’m full-out body length in squishy, watery mud, groveling on my elbows and knees to squirm through a tunnel. If I didn’t know better, I’d think this was Tim Robbins’s workout for the prison break scene in The Shawshank Redemption, minus the stench. At first, I’m tempted to squeal and jump out, but it’s warm […]

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“We’re like lobsters,” said Nancy. “If we don’t grow, we die.” Nancy and I are at a speaking workshop in Orlando, led by world-renowned speaker Les Brown. We’ve been through 8 straight hours of drills, one-on-one coaching, and partner feedback in a cramped conference room. I’m worn out. It’s taking all of my energy just […]

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“Pole dancing? Pole dancing would be considered fun! Where’s the risk in pole dancing?” Nelly cries. Nelly’s the CTO of Webgrrls International and the TechSpeak Bootcamp. We’re sipping hot mint tea in a cozy Upper West Side café. Two women business leaders, finally meeting face-to-face after months of email exchange. “W-w-w-ell, it would totally challenge […]

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Post image for Basic Training: Yams, Cranberries and Turkey–Oh My!

The only training going on today is the training for my stomach to expand past all reasonable girth.  I’m staring down not one, but two holiday meals–the blessing (and curse) of having parents and in-laws in close proximity. Close, but not close enough for the families to come together for one meal . . . and […]

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Post image for Entrepreneurs and the Hazards of Independence

Happy Independence Day! Entrepreneurs are blessed with a wonderfully independent, can-do spirit, which deserves to be celebrated. But sometimes, that independent streak can cross over into just plan stubbornness, or controlling behavior. So my interest was piqued by Jeremy Fain’€™s post, 2 Entrepreneurial Worst Practices. He points out two “€œworst practices” that get in the way of business […]

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An oldie, but a goodie: Rick Georges’ Top 10 Reasons There Weren’t Any Lawyers on the Mayflower.  And thanks to Rush Nigut, Esq. for bringing it to my attention. Happy holidays!

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Post image for Making Time to Breathe . . . and Celebrate

From north of the border (Canada) comes some really great advice to help get you jazzed for the upcoming holidays: Find things to celebrate! Yes, you may already be looking back on 2009 as a real stinker, but I’m sure you can find some high points, too. Here are some of the morale-boosting tips that Tana […]

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