I am not fearless. But I’d love to fear less. I dream of the day I can hang out–anxiety free– in a tiny (locked) airplane bathroom, buffeted by turbulence, while holding a tarantula. Um, okay, not really. One of my biggest fears is flying, but I don’t have to deal with that regularly. However, I can brew up a complex worry and fear stew made up of poisonous, self-defeating thoughts at any moment. Last week, when I was sick, drifting… Read more »

  This weekend I watched the play, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, THREE times. Three times? Was I studying the play for easy peasy book marketing tips? No, although I’d do that for a play called How to Clean Your House Without Really Trying. 🙂 I watched because my son played the role of personnel manager, Mr. Bratt,  in his high school’s performance of How to Succeed. This was his first play. From auditions, to the last… Read more »

A couple of weeks ago, I heard a dean of admissions from the University of Virginia speak on the dreaded subject of the college essay. The gist of his speech?  Be the best YOU. He said, every year he reads countless essays from prospective applicants trying to be who they think UVA wants them to be. Topics like, Thomas Jefferson is my role model. The Louisiana Purchase and me. Why I Believe the Declaration of Independence Rocks! And countless other… Read more »