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Anita Finlay Keynotes at the LA Writers’ Conference on March 1st
19 Feb 2014

Anita Finlay Keynotes at the LA Writers’ Conference on March 1st

How will your your work as a writer stand out?  What marketing tools will get you noticed?  How can you find your voice and find success? Finding answers to those questions has taken me on an enlightening journey culminating in getting a book published that became #1 on Amazon’s Women in Politics book for 16 weeks! I’m delighted to share what I’ve learned as a keynote speaker at...

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Meryl Davis and Charlie White Win the U.S. its First Olympic Gold Medal in Ice Dancing
18 Feb 2014

Meryl Davis and Charlie White Win the U.S. its First Olympic Gold Medal in Ice Dancing

To say that Michigan natives Meryl Davis and Charlie White skated brilliantly last night would be an understatement.  Their main competition, Canadian 2010 Olympic Gold Medalists, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, were also spectacular, yet Davis and White were deserving of Gold, standing out above the rest; a fitting finale to their 17-year career on the ice together.  The grace, athleticism, fluidity and even danger in Davis...

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The Rush to Define Hillary as a Space Alien or the 50-Foot Woman
24 Jan 2014

The Rush to Define Hillary as a Space Alien or the 50-Foot Woman

Republicans fearful of Secretary Clinton contesting for the Presidency in 2016 are falling over themselves to define her early, trotting out tired ageist, sexist attacks while screaming “Benghazi” 24/7.  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is their best hope to defeat her.  While he works overtime to tamp down the “Bridge-gate” scandal that threatens his presidential hopes, RNC Chair Reince Priebus and others shout “she’s inauthentic”, she represents the...

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GOP Strategist Frank Luntz Accuses President Obama of “Ruining the Electorate”
07 Jan 2014

GOP Strategist Frank Luntz Accuses President Obama of “Ruining the Electorate”

Mega-successful political focus group and messaging guru Frank Luntz once helped Newt Gingrich craft the successful “Contract With America.”  Today, he feels lost, lamenting to The Atlantic’s Molly Ball that the American people now scare him:  “They were contentious and argumentative. They didn’t listen to each other as they once had. They weren’t interested in hearing other points of view. They were divided one against...

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01 Jan 2014

Wishing You a Joyous, Fulfilling 2014!

I typically spend a few minutes on New Year’s morning with a notebook, scribbling about the events of the year just past, contemplating behaviors that no longer serve me and envisioning the year ahead.  Some years exceed my wildest expectations and others are, shall we say, like walking through molasses. 2012 was like riding a winged horse being chased by a giant fireball!  2013 was a mixed bag — some smooth...

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06 Dec 2013

The Inspiration of Nelson Mandela

As the world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela, I would like to take a moment to reflect on some of his inspiring words:   “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”


The World’s Best Stuffing Recipe…Really!
04 Dec 2013

The World’s Best Stuffing Recipe…Really!

To me, there is nothing more wonderful than the mix of flavors in a Thanksgiving feast.  Moist roasted turkey, creamy mashed potatoes smothered in giblet gravy, a side of Illinois Yam Surprise topped with toasted marsh mellows (courtesy the recipe of a dear friend), and of course, stuffing and cranberry sauce to round out the meal.  Since I am something of a purist, I have always...

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Magnificent, Courageous “Batkid” Reminds of the Joys of Giving and Thanksgiving
25 Nov 2013

Magnificent, Courageous “Batkid” Reminds of the Joys of Giving and Thanksgiving

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard the touching, beautiful story of five-year old Miles Scott, in remission after a three-year battle with Leukemia.  Given his love of Batman and all thing superhero, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and 13,000 San Francisco ‘volunteers’ showed up to help make his crime fighting dreams a reality.  Here he is getting the keys to the city: As Miles’ parents put it, his “Batkid”...

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Why is Martin Bashir Still at MSNBC?
23 Nov 2013

Why is Martin Bashir Still at MSNBC?

No punishment has yet been meted out to Martin Bashir for his despicable comments suggesting that someone defecate and urinate into Sarah Palin’s mouth, which reveals the truth about the leadership at MSNBC.  We must have a zero tolerance policy for violent rhetoric no matter the source, no matter the subject.  Feminists who have remained silent should be outraged regardless of their feelings toward Palin. ...

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Political Gamesmanship Grotesque in the Face of Healthcare Debacle
18 Nov 2013

Political Gamesmanship Grotesque in the Face of Healthcare Debacle

Friday, Real Clear Politics shared that 39 House Democrats helped Republicans pass the “Keep Your Plan” Bill in a 261-157 vote “allowing insurance companies to continue selling non-Obamacare-compliant policies on the individual market for one year.”  These 39 Democrats telegraph panic that smacks of running from political fallout, with Senate Democrats like Mary Landrieu proposing a similar fix.  Whether such a bill is workable and...

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