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Bring It, 2016!
31 Dec 2015

Bring It, 2016!

2015 went by like a speed bump. Is it that I just turned 57, so every year races by faster than the one before it? Is it the dense time suck of social media and the phone addiction I share with millions? The sense that I fell short of the goals I set for myself? Or that, once again, I’m at a crossroads; an odd...

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Jazz Greats Acoustic Alchemy Inspire Art for Its Own Sake
21 Jun 2015

Jazz Greats Acoustic Alchemy Inspire Art for Its Own Sake

Watching Acoustic Alchemy last night at the Catalina Jazz Grill in Hollywood, my hubby, friends and I pinched ourselves, incredulous at our good fortune. Being entertained by superior talents like these in a small supper club seemed unbelievable.  The crowd was most appreciative, yet the place was not sold out. I kept thinking, where the hell is the rest of L.A.? They don’t know what...

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Is Poverty Porn the New Trend in Reality TV?
05 Jun 2015

Is Poverty Porn the New Trend in Reality TV?

CBS’ new reality show, The Briefcase, debuted last week to big numbers and per The Week, “continues a long American tradition of putting the poor under a microscope.” First, The Briefcase teases two financially strapped families with a briefcase containing $101,000 cash. As they learn about each other’s hardships, the families are pitted against one another and must decide how much of that cash –...

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The Grammys’ Conflicting Message on Domestic Violence
09 Feb 2015

The Grammys’ Conflicting Message on Domestic Violence

Sunday’s Grammy Awards featured a PSA of President Obama calling attention to the shocking number of women in America who are raped or suffer domestic violence.  “It’s on us,” he said, urging the artistic community to raise awareness to bring a stop to it.  Activist Brooke Axtell then shared her own experiences with abuse and human trafficking, capped by a powerful performance from Katy Perry who...

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Making Love Last Past Sex and a Sandwich
07 Nov 2014

Making Love Last Past Sex and a Sandwich

How can two people get – and stay – on their crazy ride together? Bill Murray crashed a bachelor party recently and offered his advice about lasting love. He said when you think you’ve found “the one,” don’t run for a marriage license. Get a passport. Travel as far as you can together to places that are “hard to get into and out of” and...

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Getting Over Fear of the Spotlight
07 Oct 2014

Getting Over Fear of the Spotlight

Have you ever felt afraid to stand in your own spotlight? No matter how long I’ve been put putting myself out there, I felt awkward about showing myself standing next to an eight foot high billboard honoring my work.  Why?  I was embarrassed because it felt like too much me.  Then I remembered that I spend tons of time writing that women need to be...

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21 Jul 2014

Anita Finlay & Jerry Doyle Talk Women in Leadership 7/18/2014

Jerry and I catch up on all things “vacational” and political before digging into my latest article asking if we are finally ready to embrace female leadership! I inquire whether a piece of pop culture, like the mighty Kacy Catanzaro shocking the world by completing the American Ninja Warrior Final’s course and beating out many men who could not even complete these herculean physical tasks,...

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Celebrating Women at BlogHer 2014
07 May 2014

Celebrating Women at BlogHer 2014

I’m so proud to be one of the bloggers chosen by BlogHer as a Voice of the Year for my piece on World War II’s unsung female war heroes… please click the image to read… Also, a note of deep gratitude to Messrs. John Litchfield and Richard Pindlebury for their detailed features on Nancy Wake and Irene Sendler, which I had quoted in my piece.  Over the...

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American Express’ #CEOBootCamp for Women: a Smart Investment
28 Mar 2014

American Express’ #CEOBootCamp for Women: a Smart Investment

American Express OPEN just sponsored the CEOBootCamp in Los Angeles, an excellent event where female entrepreneurs could network, train and share in the wisdom of successful women who have turned their ideas into multi-million dollar businesses.  Keynote speaker Denise Wilson wowed the crowd when she shared that she was an oboe player and schoolteacher who became a pilot. In 2007, she founded DesertJet, a private...

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Judith Hill, Merry Clayton, Darlene Love & Lisa Fischer/photo by Kevin Mazur
13 Mar 2014

Run, Don’t Walk to See “20 Feet from Stardom”

So much of the divine and powerful pop, rock and soul music of the last 50 years has been made unforgettable by the backing vocals of the women celebrated in “20 Feet from Stardom.”  Morgan Neville’s excellent Oscar-winning documentary shines a much deserved spotlight on the vital voices of women (and men) in the music industry, sharing their inspiration and heartbreak navigating a business where they work with...

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