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The Terror in the Torture Report
11 Dec 2014

The Terror in the Torture Report

It was several years after 9/11 before I had occasion to once again board a plane. Arriving at airport security, the sight of everyone in line, by rote, yanking off their belts and shoes shocked me enough that tears rolled down my face. That horrible day in September forever changed us. Suddenly we were no different than any other country vulnerable to terrorism. Remembering 9/11...

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The World’s Best Stuffing is Easy as Pie…Promise!
26 Nov 2014

The World’s Best Stuffing is Easy as Pie…Promise!

At a time when the news is dire on many fronts, here’s hoping you can take a moment to celebrate with those you hold dear.  Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving and offering a little something yummy to go with it…. To me, there is nothing more wonderful than the mix of flavors in a Thanksgiving feast.  Moist roasted turkey, creamy mashed potatoes smothered in...

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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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Feast on “Chef”
05 Oct 2014

Feast on “Chef”

Though I’m late to the party, I’m thrilled to have discovered Jon Favreau’s fabulous film, CHEF.  A sleeper hit when it was released in May on a modest budget with no marketing to speak of, CHEF gained traction solely by word of mouth and social media and is now having a successful second life on DVD. There is so much that CHEF gets right.  Favreau, who also wrote and directed, plays Carl...

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01 Oct 2014

The Sting of Cross-Pollinating Entertainment, Politics & News – Anita Finlay & Jerry Doyle 9/30/14

In my recent post venting about The Good Wife‘s poor decision to have Presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett appear as herself on the show, Jerry Doyle and I discuss the cheapening of news, politics and entertainment by using each one as if it is nothing more than an advertisement for the other. We really have taken a shocking turn if the phrase “political theatre” can be...

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Anita Finlay & Jerry Doyle Reveal the New Sexy in Politics, 6/17/2014
18 Jun 2014

Anita Finlay & Jerry Doyle Reveal the New Sexy in Politics, 6/17/2014

Yes, centrism, independence and reasonable voters are sexy! In response to my latest piece, The Sexy New Center in Politics, Millenials and the Oncoming Populist Wave, Jerry and I unpack the bad rap independent voters have gotten, the growing populist clout and surprising makeup of 51% of our population. Reason and civility are good.  Vitriol and talking heads? …You be the judge. Check out the...

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The Sexy New Center in Politics, Millenials and the Oncoming Populist Wave
17 Jun 2014

The Sexy New Center in Politics, Millenials and the Oncoming Populist Wave

Two days before the 2012 Presidential election, EPIC TIMES founder Jerry Doyle and I had our first conversation on his top 5 syndicated radio show.  Who knows if he was even in the mood to talk to me?  Yet we found common ground as neither of us had much use for Party labels or tolerance for the Kabuki Theatre that comprises much of politics today. ...

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Mom, Nobody Does It Better
10 May 2014

Mom, Nobody Does It Better

Many women have an a-ha moment when they realize they have become their mothers.  I reacted to my moment with cranky resignation – and a little joy.  Mom is my hero, no matter how many contentious moments our relationship has weathered.  Her fierce work ethic and tireless dedication to family set a sturdy example, outweighing her sometimes cockeyed pronouncements about a girl’s proper comportment.  Yet,...

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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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