Are You Ready for Media?

Are You Ready for Media?

   If a producer called you today and offered you an interview on a television show tomorrow, would you be ready? If that question scares you a bit, don’t worry. You can start becoming “media ready” right now by going through this checklist and using the tips I provide to prepare yourself. You will need… Continue Reading

An End To Tolerance

An End To Tolerance

“Mom, what would the world be like if Martin Luther King hadn’t had a dream?” That was the question my 7 year-old son asked me one Martin Luther King, Jr. Day several years ago. Wow, I thought. From the mouths of babes. Frankly, I can’t imagine that world. The contribution of Dr. King has been… Continue Reading

Puzzled By How to Get Media?

Puzzled By How to Get Media?

The other day, my teenage son Connor came into my home office and asked if I would like to time him as he solved a Rubik’s Cube before my eyes. It took him about 2 and a half minutes. I have to admit, I was mesmerized. To me, that’s an immensely confusing puzzle. Solving it… Continue Reading

What’s Your Story?

What’s Your Story?

  I remember the first time I met Lili Simon. She was an old woman, perhaps close to 80. Mrs. Simon (pronounced “Simone”) was about 5 feet tall, very slender, with a pale complexion and lovely grey hair. She came from Budapest in the late 1950’s and spoke with a heavy Hungarian accent. She was my piano… Continue Reading

Are You Making This Media Mistake?

Are You Making This Media Mistake?

Do you remember that scene from that 1987 movie Broadcast News when Jane Craig, played by Holly Hunter, is in the edit room frantically chanting the name of the editor over and over trying to get him to finish the story in time for it to air in less than a minute? “Bobby, Bobby. Bobby. Bobby,… Continue Reading

You Should Be Dancing

You Should Be Dancing

When I was a little girl growing up on the southwest side of Chicago, I lived in a neighborhood of immigrants. Every day I heard accents – from Lithuania, Poland, Germany, England, and of course Ireland, where my parents and next-door neighbors were born. I loved hearing those accents as neighbors chatted to each other… Continue Reading

Don’t Go Away, Grow Away

Don’t Go Away, Grow Away

I drive by this tree every day. It isn’t like the other trees around it. They grow alongside electrical wires. Not this one. It grows away. I have no idea if the electrical currents in the wires cause harm to the trees. But this one is growing away from the wires for some reason. I… Continue Reading

Are These 5 Words Holding You Back?

Are These 5 Words Holding You Back?

It was late spring in 2009 when my phone rang in the edit room at Harpo Studios. As I glanced at the phone number, I remarked to the editor, “Mm. I wonder who’s calling me from New York?” It was my literary agent telling me there was an offer on my book. My reaction? Pure… Continue Reading

An End to Tolerance

An End to Tolerance

“Mom, what would the world be like if Martin Luther King hadn’t had a dream?” That was the question my 7 year-old son asked me one Martin Luther King, Jr. Day several years ago. Wow, I thought. From the mouths of babes. Frankly, I can’t imagine that world. The contribution of Dr. King has been… Continue Reading

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