RIP Betty White

Last Monday would have been Betty White’s 100th birthday. She missed celebrating it by a few weeks. Last Monday was also Martin Luther King Day. At first glance, it might appear those two facts have little in common, but I think they have a great deal in common. I think Betty White gave us three important tools to use for making Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream become reality. Before explaining, I want to thank a […]

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Modern Hero – Desmond Tutu

We’ve lost several cultural heroes in recent weeks: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Betty White, and now Sidney Poitier. The heroes we select guide our lives as surely as the Star of Bethlehem guided the Magi to the newborn Christ-child. Where we end up on a trip depends on which signs we follow. Pick the wrong sign and end up someplace you didn’t intend to go. Desmond Tutu was a hero worth following. His contributions toward peace […]

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Harriet Tubman

I’ve known about Harriet Tubman for years, but did not realize she had a farm in Auburn, NY.  We hadn’t planned to stay in Auburn, but we did plan to take Route 20 across the state to visit the finger lakes region. An Inn in Auburn had an opening at a price we liked, so we booked a room there. Driving into town to our Inn, I saw the signs for the Harriet Tubman Home. […]

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Rochelle Melander author

Author Rochelle Melander

“Patience and persistence are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor.” -Joseph Pilates My friend author Rochelle Melander offered to write this week’s blog. Thank you Rochelle! I think you’ll find her insights helpful and inspirational. I’ll be back next week with an article about another amazing woman. Clients often come to me because they’re stuck. They’ve racked up rejections from agents and editors. Or they’re struggling to find time to […]

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Suffrage Activist Susan B Anthony

Both future Suffrage Activist Susan B. Anthony and popular abolitionist Frederick Douglasss attended the 1848 Seneca Falls, NY convention. The event was the first convention dedicated to addressing women’s right. Douglass was the only African American in attendance. He had already established himself as a leader with the publication of his autobiography in 1845.  Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave is was a best seller in his lifetime and is still […]

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