Zoom, Vivace, Jazz: The Power of Words

Can three words inspire, motivate -- even define you for an entire year? A lifetime? If words shape our thoughts, our emotions, our actions, it would seem so. “Our life is shaped by the mind, we become what we think.” Buddha I know the power of words. I value words. The Book of John in the New Testament says Jesus is The Word: "In the beginning was the Word..." So it's hard to believe I’d … [Read more...]

Gabby Giffords Steps Down

Very few people ever take a bullet to the head and those who do rarely survive. If Rep. Gabby Giffords' response to such a senseless act of hate doesn't inspire you, nothing will. One year ago this month, my plane landed at Huntsville International Airport. I was returning home after a brief trip to Telluride, Colorado. We deplaned and were greeted by TV monitors tuned to CNN's "Breaking … [Read more...]

The Mouse and the Bull

This week's Monday Motivator is the tale of The Mouse and the Bull from Aesop's Fables: A Bull was bitten by a Mouse and, angered by the wound, tried to capture him. But the Mouse reached his hole in safety. Though the Bull dug into the walls with his horns, he tired before he could rout out the Mouse, and crouching down went to sleep outside the hole. The mouse peeped out, crept furtively up … [Read more...]

Elizabeth Edwards (1949-2010)

I'm saddened by the news of the passing of Elizabeth Edwards. Can't say it better or differently than I wrote here: From my Facebook post yesterday, Dec. 6, when I first learned of Elizabeth Edwards’ poor prognosis: Elizabeth Edwards is a woman of strength, class and grace and I hope, when faced with life's challenges, that I can emulate her strength and courage. My comment on a friend's … [Read more...]