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November 20, 2011 - No Comments!

Let’s Do That

I don’t typically blog, tweet, or comment on political issues. But, a couple of weeks ago I was in Washington, D.C., and walked over to the Mall with a friend of mine to see the new Martin Luther King, Jr. monument. Along the way, we meandered through the Franklin Delano Roosevelt monument. I had never done so, despite so many personal visits to the Mall as well as hosting visitors there.

As I stopped to read and reflect on each of his quotes, I couldn’t help but realize that most of what he said then applies now. I’m as frustrated as every other American about the gridlock in Washington, the focus on campaigning and getting re-elected at the expense of forward progress, and the struggles of most citizens to find work, support their families, and keep their homes.

I think that Mr. Obama should take the next meeting of the politicians (notice I say “politicians,” not Congressmen and women, not Senators, not State Representatives—because really for the past few years they’ve only acted as politicians, not as representatives of the people). And he should hold session at the FDR monument, walking them by some of Roosevelt's quotes, let them pause and consider the meaning, and then say “Let’s do that.”

“Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.” ~First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933. Read more

February 1, 2010 - No Comments!

Requesting a swift exit from all things Taylor Swift

I made a promise to myself that when I started my Blog I would not rant—I would write about business, sustainability, and marketing. Granted my headline says “My thoughts on marketing, business, observations…and life!” so let’s just say that this one will fit under the “observations” category.

Can we please send Taylor Swift into a witness protection plan? The sooner the better! I take the Grammy Awards very seriously. I think the show itself is a fantastic production featuring interesting collaborations, a variety of music influences, and outrageous performances. And the featured nominees this year were well deserving—they are mature, experienced, influential musical artists who have and will continue to make their mark on music. I am stunned and confused that Taylor Swift, a little girl who can play maybe three chords on her guitar, has an awkward stage presence, and a limited, monotonous vocal range is worthy of nominations along with Beyonce and Fergie's  Blackeyed Peas among others. Read more

December 14, 2009 - 3 comments

This I Believe

Last year during the holiday season,  I submitted the following essay to NPR's This I Believe. Although it was not selected to read on the radio, it does live in the NPR archives. As another holiday season approaches, and my brother's death is still fresh as the second anniversary approaches, I felt like the sentiment expressed in this essay still applies. And as a thank you to all of those who express their care and concern, it serves as a "thank you" once again.

Gerald Bartholomew. July 18, 1966-December 25, 2007.

This, I Believe
December 2008.

My brother died tragically one year ago on Christmas Day 2008. As this year’s holiday season approached, those of us who were most closely connected with him, and those who were our biggest support systems (in my case, my husband) were anxiously anticipating how it was going to be for us this year, on the first anniversary of the traumatic event.

It has been an emotionally charged year to say the least. Read more