July 28, 2014
First comes the dream.
Then comes resistance.
So says Steven Pressfield, author of one of my all-time favorite books, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks, and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
You know how it is: You have a great idea, an idea...
July 20, 2014
On Friday afternoon, I received a piece of mail that punched me in the gut: John, the husband of my best friend from high school, Laurie McDonald, had written to tell me that she had died unexpectedly from a pulmonary embolism. I must have reread...
June 2, 2014
According to an article written by Aaron Gell in Marie Claire magazine—Hollywood actress, Jennifer Lawrence, has always been affected by what she perceives as the judgment of others. In high school, she never felt good enough or cool enough in...
May 18, 2014
Kurt Elling, a Grammy winning, cutting edge jazz singer and composer with one of the most astounding voices around, shrugged and said “I sing pretty good, and I give my life it.” Christine Ebersole, singer, actress and SLN alumna divulged that she...
May 11, 2014
Until I met my husband, Jim, and became the step-mother to two teen-age boys, the world officially viewed me as a non-mother—which excluded me from the Hallmark moments associated with Mother’s Day: Mother’s Day brunch, Mother’s Day Cards, Mother’...
May 5, 2014
I'd been fixated on being a Famous Broadway Actress for years. In spite of a continuous barrage of "No's!" and "You're too tall for the part," I doggedly held on to my dream of being tapped to star in the the next Broadway hit. I held on so hard...
April 6, 2014
As a recovering control freak, I admit that one of the toughest lessons I’ve had to learn (and relearn again and again) is that it’s ok to let go.
As I documented in my book, Touch the Sky: Find Your Voice, Speak Your Truth, Make Your Mark, when I...
March 31, 2014
“And every day the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And each day, it's up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say "No, this is what's...
March 24, 2014
Once in a while I feel compelled to climb up onto a soapbox and speak my piece.
So, here goes:
The reason to honor my Fourth Commandment of Great Acting, Great Speaking and Great Leadership, Turn Thyself On So You can Turn Others On, is because...
March 17, 2014
I once observed an esteemed surgeon deliver the keynote address to an audience of medical practitioners at a yearly conference. He spent forty-five minutes bludgeoning audience members to death with the driest, most data-and-graph-laden Power...