How we got a cover for BLUEPRINTS

  If you’re reading this blog, you're currently looking at the cover of my new book, BLUEPRINTS, which debuts this coming June. What do you think? Does the cover draw you in? This isn't an idle question. It's one that my publisher and I have been asking ourselves since this cover became “the one.” We think it works. But then, we've already read the book. You all won't have read [...]

By |2014-12-05T06:00:58+00:002014|Blog|27 Comments

Lean on me

Do you remember that song?  “Lean on me … when you’re not strong … I’ll be your friend … I’ll help you carry on …”  It was written by Bill Withers in 1972 and is still being played, and no wonder.  The message is right there in the words, no pussy-footing around.  I also think of Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend.”  Same idea. None of us exists in a [...]

By |2012-10-16T05:00:28+00:002012|Blog|1 Comment

The pre-reqs of public speaking

What makes a good public speaker?  A strong voice?  Lotsa guts?  The gift of gab? If you guessed any of these, you’d be right, but they’re the tip of the iceberg – literally, only the part you see.  When I talk before a group, there’s much more involved, and since I’m flying across the country to keynote a women’s breakfast in California this week, I’m in the midst of it [...]

By |2012-04-25T05:00:13+00:002012|Blog|14 Comments

The best and worst of 2011

Christmas was barely done when the media began rating 2011.  Best movie of 2011, best health news of 2011, best business moment, best style trend … you name it, there’s a list.  This was pretty much what inspired my survey this week – the one I post every Tuesday on my Facebook page.  “My 2011?" it read.  "I’d give it a 9 out of 10.  SPEEDY BD SURVEY #85 asks, [...]

By |2011-12-29T05:00:15+00:002011|Blog|16 Comments

Big damage at a book signing

I kid you not.  It happened yesterday in West Hartford, Connecticut, where I did an UPLIFT signing at Lyn Evans Potpourri Designs. Don’t know the name?  If you live in New England, you likely do.  There are eight of these stores in Massachusetts and Connecticut; they are specialty boutiques that carry chic clothes for women of all ages.  I‘ve bought many things over the years in my local Potpourri, but [...]

By |2011-10-20T12:07:18+00:002011|Blog|3 Comments

Houston Keynote for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Talk about airport projects, I had tons of knitting time getting to Houston and back.  Since there were no direct flights where the times worked for me, I had to go through Charlotte.  Throw in a little extra time there, both in the terminal and in the air, and I might have gone nuts if it hadn’t been for my knitting. But Houston was great!  I love doing breast cancer [...]

By |2011-10-15T00:00:33+00:002011|Blog|3 Comments