I preach positive attitude a lot. The truth is “positive” often has nothing to do with it. Getting what you want is almost always about tenacity.
Let’s review the hierarchy.
Stan Lark died on August 4, 2021. It was just a footnote for many. But if you listened to the radio in the 1960s, Stan Lark was likely at the center of your consciousness.
Stan was the bass player for Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs. That’s his bottom end on the George Tomsco-penned guitar instrumental tracks; Torquay, Bulldog, Yacky Doo, Rik-A-Tik, Panic Button, Footpatter, Vaquero, Chief Whoopin’ Koff, Quite A Party, Gunshot, and many others. …
When it comes to products, celebrity influencers can move inventory. When it comes to important issues, the best influencer is you.
As the Pandemic continues to dominate our lives, everyone famous seems to jump into the fray to promote their points of view. Jennifer Aniston and Dolly Parton are promoting vaccination. We’re seeing people like Lin Manuel Miranda’s smiling eyes behind a mask. And a plethora of videos are circulating, featuring notable celebs pressing points of view.
It’s 8:30 and she’s yawning, but fights it. Juliette sits between Colleen and me on the couch. We’re watching some new Disney movie I don’t recognize. But she knows it by heart. We’re snuggled under a blanket and she’s quoting the lines in bits and pieces; a word here, a sentence there. When the scary part comes, she dispatches me to the flat screen to hide the ghost. I start making magician moves with my arms. She bounds up and joins me, cheering when the ghost dissipates and the class of would-be wizards in the story cheer.
When Larry King died this past week at 87, he left us with some valuable life lessons, about listening, fame and learning from our mistakes.
Most of us come into conversation with an agenda. We often think we know the right path, the appropriate point of view. Life is a debate and the winner is the one who best sells his or her side of the story. Larry King was born curious. His uncomfortable childhood fired the desire to become important and famous. …
In light of the inauguration of President Joe Biden, Rock and Roll Revisited celebrates the brief prime of comedian Vaughn Meader.
In October of 1962, Meader brought the words of Bob Booker and Earl Doud to life on The First Family LP, satirizing President John F. Kennedy. Vaughn Meader’s dead on impersonation became the fastest selling album in history up to that date and won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 1963. (Full Album)
Blessed are the Content Curators. There is way too much content out there on the Internet. Content Curators help us find the good stuff.
Back when I was on the air, the activity I loved most was the show prep.
Even before the Internet made it easy, I loved digging into backstories about the artists we featured. I scanned newspapers and magazines for show biz news and information about the things my audience was talking about.
Done right, the host’s role is to weave bits of curated cocktail conversation in between the other elements of the program, hopefully pulling together…
New Year’s Resolutions. Promises quickly made and easily forgotten. Here’s a new way to think about your goals for the New Year.
The word “resolution” is problematic. It assumes completion, an iron resolve to achieve, perhaps even overconfidence that something as complicated as change might be as easy as writing down what you intend to do.
If you feel compelled to create a list of New Year’s Resolutions, let’s break down how lasting change actually happens.
Every action begins with Intention.
We create that new reality we hope to manifest in our brain. Anthon St. Maarten, Author of Divine Living…
“Miracles happen everyday, change your perception of what a miracle is and you’ll see them all around you.” ~Jon Bon Jovi
Friday will mark twelve years since Colleen was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. We’ve treated every day since as a second life we didn’t expect, a lesson in perspective, a true miracle.
On May 29, four years ago, we got another miracle we didn’t expect: a granddaughter with Down syndrome. The lessons she’s taught us about exploration, love and “life on the scenic route” have forever changed our outlook.
It’s been hard to navigate 2020. Our divisions were revealed in…
Theraputic Gratitude can put things in perspective in a year like this one.
As we celebrate the things we are thankful for in this extraordinary environment of social distancing, an experience I had with therapeutic gratitude in the summer of 2017 came back to me. It feels appropriate for this time and place.
I had the opportunity to meet Dacher Keltner at a conference that summer. Dacher is a perpetual student of the art and science of emotional well being. He’s also Co-Director of the Greater Good Science Center at Berkley. …