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Words: “The Greatest Lessons You Teach Us…”

“Education” has almost become a byword for all that is wrong in the U.S.  While most people agree our education system is broken, we can’t seem to agree on the “real” problems or what to do to fix them.  So our current… Continue Reading →

President Lincoln, Inventor and Proponent of Wind Power

In 1849, Abraham Lincoln conceived of and successfully patented a system of air chambers and bellows to lift boats over shoals and obstructions in a river.  As a U.S. Congressman (House of Representatives 1847-1849), Lincoln was a frequent boat traveler between Washington D.C. to his… Continue Reading →

Music: I LIVED by OneRepublic

I’ve long been a fan of I LIVED by OneRepublic. Its upbeat affirmation of life and living is guaranteed to get me up out of my chair and dancing around even on the gloomiest of days. But it wasn’t until… Continue Reading →

In The Flint Water Debacle – A Story of Successful Activism 

We tell a story with everything we do. A story of our priorities — by what we give our attention to and spend our time on. A story of our fears — by what we lie about and with whom… Continue Reading →

For The Love Of Pets

Recently, the Examiner reported the heartbreaking story of a ten year old pet lab that a family surrendered to a shelter. Thankfully, the press he got meant that a rescue organization took him for placement in a forever home. Many dogs… Continue Reading →

Words To Live By: “It’s A Beautiful Glass”

Wanting to understand “What is it that makes us human?” filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand collected images and stories from 2,000 women and men in 60 countries about love, work, poverty, death, war… for his film HUMAN.  In this excerpt, John Halcyon Styn shares an inspirational story about… Continue Reading →

The World War II Women Knew

The stories of World War II have been told many times through a multitude of male perspectives and usually with only enough women included to companionably pad the edges.   Rarely has an effort been made to focus entirely on… Continue Reading →

Women Are Fundraising Their Way To The Big Political Table

Hillary Clinton’s first quarter fundraising total of $45 million revealed that women comprised more than 60% of her donor base.  Regardless of Party, this kind of financial participation is essential if women want to be treated as more than one… Continue Reading →

Working Too Hard May Be Hurting the Economy

The long-term dangers of over-demanding jobs aren’t just to employees.  Working too hard maybe hurting the employers too. Americans are working longer hours with fewer vacations and greater stress, but employees are not the only ones who may suffer from… Continue Reading →

Some College Professors Among the Working Poor

It was horrifying to learn some college professors among the working poor — approximately 25% of part-time college faculty receives one or more types of public assistance (Medicaid/CHIP, TANF, EITC, and/or SNAP) programs. I have long had a stereotyped view of affluent college professors living… Continue Reading →

Join NGN Day – A Many Faceted Network Is A Girl’s Best Friend!

Do you have people in your life, personally and professionally, who are willing to step forward to listen, lend a hand, shoulder or idea, share information and experiences, find others who could and would help you when needed?  You should.  Everyone needs a… Continue Reading →

What Purpose Do Fraternities Serve?

DARE WE SAY hosts Shawna Vercher and  Anita Finlay look at the role and cost of fraternities in the wake of the latest outrage and ask — What purpose do fraternities serve?  Is it time to put an end to them?… Continue Reading →

Even The FDA Doesn’t Know What’s In Our Food

Eating and drinking is about as basic to our survival as it gets. While we might debate whether various manufactured foods are the healthiest choices we can make in a day, we assume the FDA has approved their ingredients before we eat them.  We… Continue Reading →

The Joyful Side of Animal Rescue

Would you be surprised to know there is a joyful side of animal rescue? So much of what we see and hear about animal rescue is focused on the pain, sadness, and fear of abandoned and abused animals.  These have become compelling… Continue Reading →

Patricia Arquette: “It’s Our Time” For Equality

Patricia Arquette’s “it’s our time” appeal on behalf of women’s equality brought excitement to an otherwise lackluster Oscar telecast.  Upon accepting the award for Best Supporting Actress, she stood before a worldwide audience of 1 billion and declared: “To every woman… Continue Reading →

How Long Do You Give a Leader To Succeed?

How long do you give a leader to succeed when it comes to national, state or local government?  Is four years in office enough? California’s tax rates are high.  When Governor Brown re-took office in the midst of a fiscal… Continue Reading →

Women in Charge At Golden Globes

Women in charge Tina Fey and Amy Poehler skewered power players and stereotypes alike in their swan song as Golden Globe hosts Sunday evening.  They killed in their opening monologue, a biting soufflé that was as droll as it was… Continue Reading →

Why Kaley Cuoco’s “ Not a Feminist ” Comment Matters

By now, Big Bang Theory actress Kaley Cuoco’s comments that she is not a feminist have gone viral.  The online backlash was so fierce that Cuoco has walked back her original statements.  Pundits who miss no opportunity to perpetuate feminism’s negative branding… Continue Reading →

Book: BREAK THE CEILING, TOUCH THE SKY by Anthony Rose

Anthony Rose, a international leader in corporate affairs and influencer marketing, wrote an important and inspiring book, BREAK THE CEILING, TOUCH THE SKY: Success Secrets of the World’s Most Inspirational Women and I have selected it to be my first post… Continue Reading →

Acting, Hacking and Hollywood

Talking with Jerry Doyle earlier in the week, what started as a tangent to a conversation on terrorism turned into a full blown interview about Hollywood’s underbelly.  We discuss the dust-up caused by the Sony Hack and media release of the… Continue Reading →

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