Mar 03 2013

Priscilla Judd has a vision. She is determined to inform the world it’s taken a wrong turn.

A piano tuner by trade, she has an ear for harmonics that easily translates over to her music. As a piano tuner, Priscilla uses a tuning fork to begin the calibration or tuning of each note on the keyboard. First she tunes the center octave of eight notes. The rest of the notes are tuned in line with the first octave. Using damping felts to isolate strings so each tone may be heard in its pure state, Priscilla builds the scales represented by the black and white keys. Tuning a piano proficiently takes lots of practice. In command of an exacting science, Priscilla has trained her senses to be accurate and precise.

Priscilla Sings to Bring About Change

And so, Priscilla is observant of the world as it really exists. She doesn’t necessarily like what she sees. She espouses what is good for people and Mother Earth may not be what is practiced by multinational corporations with higher yearly incomes than the gross national product, GNP, of some countries. She has widened her musical talents toward playing guitar and singing her original compositions to protest what she feels are dangerous trends.

O Canada – Who For A Lost Democracy

Visit with Priscilla on her web site where she shares her passions. She writes, “I suppose you’ve noticed that planet Earth is under seige? Our environment is threatened everywhere on this planet.  Sadly, human life and nature are not the most important factor when it comes to decisions made by Governments.  Democracy is threatened by corporatism – the neo-liberal or neo-conservate agenda. So, I’m an activist. I walk out and protest. I sing about wild salmon, climate change, pipelines and tankers, local food and farming, GMO, pesticide and First Nations issues.  I sing in praise of nature and heroes who stand for nature and social justice.”

If you are reading this post on Sunday, March 3, 2013, you have a wonderful opportunity before you. Priscilla’s song, the YouTube above titled O Canada – Who For a Lost Democracy, is in CBC’s Best New Artist Contest. As the contest site says, “Join our search for Canada’s best new artist. Vote for your favorite act, right now! Round two polls close Sunday, Mar. 3, 2013 at midnight ET. Check back Monday at 9pm ET for round three of voting.”

As of this writing, Priscilla is fourth from being #1 in the Second Round of voting. Take a moment and vote to get her in Round Three!


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Nov 24 2012

Wow! Let the audio-visual Thanksgiving weekend continue. Can’t seem to stop.

Today as I was “penny hiking” around YouTube, I came upon some of theBritain’s Got Talent 2012 summary clips. I like these much better than watching the TV show, because you see the best of the entries. While the regular talent shows go on too long for me, with me feeling awkward for those contestants reaching above their performance level. The summary clips spotlight the accomplished entries who could become professional entertainers.

Best of all, I love the shows where Simon Cowell receives his come-uppins, the ones where he is quick to judge a person on their appearance. He doesn’t seem to understand, even at his stage of the game, that talent and physical presentation are not necessarily connected.

So, maybe, if you watch TV often, you’ve seen this and it’s old hat, but today, I was left spellbound by the spectacular shaming of Simon. See what you think:

 Charlotte and Jonathan in audition.

Charlotte and Jonathan in the Semi Finals

Charlotte and Jonathan in the Finals.

From Wikipedia:

“Jonathan Antoine (born 13 January 1995) and Charlotte Jaconelli (born 24 August 1995), known collectively as Jonathan and Charlotte, are an Englishclassical crossover duo from Essex. They finished as runners-up in the sixth series of Britain’s Got Talent in 2012, being beaten to the winning post on 12 May by dancing dog act Ashleigh and Pudsey.[1] At the time, they were aged 17 and 16 respectively. Despite not winning, the young duo were offered a £1million record deal by Simon Cowell on his record label Syco. They have since released their album Together which reached #5 in the UK Album Charts. The album was released in the USA and Canada on October 30, 2012.”

Boy! Watching this uplifting story and listening to Jonathan & Charlotte sing was just what I needed to witness today. Such a miracle of creation.

Neither Jonathan nor Charlotte were born before 1995.

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Nov 04 2012

2012 National Political Conventions


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Reminder: All correspondents wearing a convention press pass must be engaged in the gathering and reporting of news, dress in professional attire, and adhere to journalist standards of integrity and conduct at all times. Organizations are responsible for all credentials issued to them and for the conduct of anyone holding their credentials.


A Press Pass. Wow. A Press Pass.

Even though I had been to BlogHer ’12 with a bunch of journalists, lawyers, nurses and doctors also acting as BlogHers, I don’t think the magnitude of our BlogHer accomplishments hit me until I saw BlogHer Kathryn Finney’s photo of BlogHer Editor-in-Chief Stacy Morrison recording Newt Gingrich’s reply at the Republican National Convention in August, 2012. There she was, and all I could think of was,”OMGoodness! She’d have to have a Press Pass to do that.”

Good ol’ Stacy and good ol’ Newt.

Yes! Of Course! What was I thinking? She’d have to have a Press Pass to do that. Did I assume that the professional women of BlogHer would what? Sit across the street at the donut shop to cover the goings-ons at both national party conventions by interviewing passers by? No way. They had Press Passes with entitled status at the National Party Conventions.

It’s just that, until I saw that photo of good ol’ Stacy, I was not completely initiated into what BlogHer has in a national presence. An organization begun in 2005 and primarily championed and managed by women has a national presence on the level of the New York Times, The Chicago Tribune and The Washington Post. can demand and qualify for a Press Pass. That’s a “Wow” with a capital “W.” When I saw Kathryn’s photo of Stacy and Newt, it hit me like a ton of bricks. Wonderful, wonderful bricks.

So, now that the National Elections are going to be on Tuesday of this week, it’s time to further recognize our BlogHer Lois Lanes who have accomplished that of which women in my childhood could only dream, covering national conventions as full fledge reporters “to gather and report the news.”


The 2012 Republican National Convention was held in Tampa, Florida during the week of August 27-30, 2012 in which delegates of the Republican Party chose the party’s nominees for President and Vice president for the November 6, 2012, election and, most importantly, was there!

August 27, 2012  Stacy Morrison  Newt Gingrich: What Women Need, the GOP Can Deliver

August 28, 2012  Erica Holloway  At the RNC: Romney Restoring GOP’s Faith on Economy, Leadership

August 29, 2012   Kathryn Finney  RNC Day 2: Down to Business

August 30, 2012  Julie Ross Godar  Condi Urges Education Reform. Could It Really Create Jobs?


The 2012 Democratic National Convention was held in Charlotte, North Carolina,from September 4 to 6, 2012, in which delegates of the Democratic Party chose the party’s nominees for President and Vice Presiden in the November 6, 2012 National Election, and, most importantly, was there!

September 4, 2012  Grace Hwang Lynch  (PICS) DNC Day 1: Welcome to Charlotte

September 5, 2012  Heather Barmore  DNC 2012: Let’s Talk Education, Already!

September 5, 2012  Mona Gable The Women’s Revolution at the DNC

September 6, 2012  Joanne Bamberger  Democrats Relocate Tonight’s Big Party: Will It Dampen Enthusiasm?

These are just a sample of the articles sent back from the National Party fronts. And, don’t forget that BlogHers Denise Tanton and Rita Arens acted as Home Support coordinating efforts to give the teams in the field what they needed to finish the job.

It’s so easy to be proud of BlogHer and all of the many thousands of people, mostly women, that work to live and live to work the writing life contributing to

And it is so easy to point with pride at the women with Press Passes that now cover the news. I’m glad we’re to the point where it’s often taken for granted.

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Nov 03 2012

An investigative tribute to the unseen journalists on, part 2.

In my November 1, 2012 post, The Marvels of Self-Editing, I explained I grew up in the 1950s when newspaper reporting employment options for women were scarce. That’s why I appreciate all of the opportunities freely provided by blogging and

In my subsequent post, BlogHer’s Lois Lanes, I explained how impressed I am by all the professional journalists at BlogHer, including BlogHer’s Editor-in-Chief, Stacy Morrison.

Now, I have to tell you about how amazed I was by all of the writing talent at BlogHer ’12, where many top journalists mentored BlogHer attendees during popular learning sessions.

I attended many of those sessions on Friday, August 3rd, and Saturday August 4th, at The Geek Bar and The Writing Lab. I was impressed by the sharing from many professional women who graciously gave first hand knowledge from their years of experience. I had a wonderful time and learned a great deal in only two days.

The lobby of the BlogHer ’12’s Hilton New York.

I met Mona Gable at her The Writing Lab session of Crafting an Interesting Interview. Sure, I’d seen Mona’s name out and about on BlogHer. I knew she was a “biggie,” but I did know how big until my Writing Lab group was talking to her and she revealed she blogs for The Huffington Post. Then, I looked up her BlogHer profile when I got home and realized she has quite a resume. “Wow,” I thought, “I was sitting at the same table as Mona Gable!”

Jan Ziff enthralls her The Podcast Toolkit devotees.

I took Jan Ziff’s class on The Podcast Tookit. What an experience that was. She has her own company, Sound*Bytes, and is heard nationally on CBS Radio every week. She was a trooper in explaining the steps to do a podcast. In addition to lots of information on technique, she showed us different types of microphones and demonstrated podcast software.

 The grand ballroom was a grand meeting place.

Melissa Ford, our BlogHer NaBloPoMo fearless leader, instructed us in how to effectively create content in her class, How to Use Blogging Prompts. She was warm and nurturing to her fledglings as she shared the importance of writing to get the creative juices flowing. She is a published author with her two books, Life from Scratch, a novel about blogging, and Navigating the Land of If, a non-fiction book about infertility and pregnancy loss. What a treat it was to meet Melissa after staring at her avatar for so long on

A BlogHer ’12 marquee along with the Voices Nominees.

Julie Ross Gabor was full of surprises when she taught us her high profile course, Credible, Well-Cited News and Political Writing. In addition to lots and lots of great information, it was fun to learn that Julie was a contestant on the TV game show, Jeopardy!

These four professionals were just a smattering of the talent seated for two days, in six sessions located in ten meeting and conference rooms at the Hilton New York. What a mighty gathering of professionals, all intent on giving their best to each BlogHer ’12 attendee.

Why, writing this, I can’t wait to see what is offered at BlogHer ’13 in Chicago. It is a pleasure to be associated with such high powered women. I just love being around these BlogHer Lois Lanes.

Tomorrow: BlogHer’s Lois Lanes Show Press Passes

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Apr 02 2012

Up in New York City, on 7th Avenue, I headed out to the BlogHer meeting.

This was it! It was BlogHer time. I got ready to hail a cab, or rather, the hotel concierge left the desk to hail one for me. I don’t know if it was my bungee-corded-tote-bagged-tag-along-suitcase or my gray hair, but everyone was very helpful as I moved toward the skyscraper where good things were sure to happen.

Starting up 7th Avenue to hail a cab.

That skyscraper was neat in and of itself. It had a uniformed doorman, just like on TV. As I waited for the elevator, the doorman and I talked. The same theme, I shared with many people I met, ran through the conversation. Somehow, everybody seemed to know I wasn’t from “The City” and wanted to know where I was from.

Everyone there must have ESP because there was absolutely NO OTHER way to know I was from out of town. And, once they determined I wasn’t from New York, they beamed from ear to ear letting me know they were and had been there all their lives. They were proud, very proud of their heritage, growing up in, what they call, the Capital of the World.

So, my mind was racing. I couldn’t wait to see who the other BlogHers were going to be. And, then, all of a sudden, we were together in one room! First I met Chelsey; then I met Sabrina; then I met Carol.  Now YOU can meet them as well!

First came Chelsey!

Chelsey Delaney is the young, quintessential New York
sophisticate that one thinks of when envisioning
being upwardly mobile in New York City.

High brow Chelsey Delaney was smooth, of course, because she actually lives in NYC. She was the first BlogHer I met and it was eerie because she knew of me from *reading BlogHer.* So, when Chelsey started speaking to me about familiar things, I was like a little kid, “Wow? How does she know that?” I was mystified, until I realized she had been reading my posts, because she knew I was coming to visit. I just didn’t know about her!

Chelsey appears on BlogHer as her web site name of SobSister. I was able to learn something new, looking that up, as a Sob Sister is 1) journalist who writes human-interest stories with sentimental pathos or 2) a persistently sentimental do-gooder. What a clever way for a writer, a young upwardly mobile writer, to present herself.

Chelsey and I had lots of fun talking before the others arrive. Super talented, Chelsey is into computer programming and has a fantastic web site and portfolio. But, of course, I was prejudiced, because I had brought along six antique sunbonnets, real ones worn by Sunbonnet Heroes in the Depression and on the farm. Chelsey had the good taste to make a fuss over them, laying them out on the conference room table and taking a photo, so I loved her right away, no turning back.

Then came Sabrina!

Sabrina has many interests and advocates modest dress
through her empowering web site, Slice of Lemon.

There are no effective words to describe Sabrina. Movie Star? Royalty? Nothing I can think of is adequate. This women commands attention when she enters a room, both for her beauty of spirit and elegance of dress. And why wouldn’t every women want to put her best feminine foot forward? Sabrina advocates Muslim women wearing the hijab, but insists there are ways to fashionably style and pin these cherished lengths of cloth.

Being with Sabrina that BlogHer Friday, throughout the morning and afternoon, I was thoroughly convinced she was right. Enjoying Sabrina’s web sites when I returned home, I learned much about fashion as it relates to Muslim women from the countries of India and Pakistan. It IS possible to wear the hijab under a sari and wear it well. It IS possible to have ornamental jeweled headpieces and wear the hijab. Also, it IS possible to wear magnificent dangle earrings with the hijab, if one knows how to pin. Sabrina shows all of this and more in videos on her two websites: Slice of Lemon and Newlyweds Dish. What a treat, watching Sabrina!

BTW, Sabrina has a post on the New York City, March 23, BlogHer get together, called Dance Recital.

Then I met Carol!

Carol Greenburg is a very popular speaker and advocate
for autism and Aspergers recognition and support.

When Carol arrived, I felt an immediate kinship as we were the only two in the room with gray hair. Carol was ready for laughs and pleasantly settled in with us. Although Carol has been diagnosed with adult autism/Asperger’s Syndrome, she was a convincing example that people, so diagnosed, can be proactive and productive. Witty and engaging, Carol is one of the co-editors of The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism, (TPGA,) a book freshly published early this year and introduced on

Carol is quite active in defining autism and Asperger’s Syndrome not only because of her own diagnosis, but also because her son has autism. Carol is Executive Director of Brooklyn Special Needs Consulting, is a special education consultant and lay advocate in private practice serving the five boroughs of NYC and beyond. Carol is also the East Coast Regional Director of Autism Women’s Network. Carol is mentioned in a radio broadcast Autism Rates on the Rise that just aired a week after our NYC BlogHer meeting, on March 30, 2012,

Carol Greenburg is mentioned on Public Radio.


The most noticeable thing about these three BlogHer women?

What I soon noticed about these three BlogHer women, Chelsey, Sabrina and Carol, is that they are super-duper successful without posting on BlogHer. In fact, they didn’t seem to think they could take on the work of maintaining a regular BlogHer presence with everything else they have to do to maintain their web sites. So, right then and then, I appointed myself a committee of one to convince them to increase their presence on BlogHer and cross post their web sites.

I want to show them that no matter how much traffic they get to their sites, they’ll get much more by posting, Commenting and Chattering on BlogHer. Why, once we BlogHers can find them, we will read, shout out, Tweet, cross link and totally amaze them with the traffic we help them create. They can count on us! We are the BlogHer community!

I have GREATLY, unequivocally, increased traffic to my
web site,, since posting to BlogHer.

Help convince Chelsey, Sabrina and Carol, we need to hear
from them on Blogher, which will take more people to their
outside web sites, than they EVER thought possible.

Please comment below and show them BlogHer love like
they’ve never seen it before!!


And I KNOW you want to know what we talked about in NYC.

Here’s a summary:

Great BlogHer minds working together.


NaBloPoMo April 2012

April 2 Poem

Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
Posting on BlogHer,
Means traffic for you!

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Dec 08 2010

Mike Dooley

I grew up with a mother who was a reader of Norman Vincent Peale’s long standing best selling, The Power of Positive Thinking. Choosing to see life as a glass half full rather than as half empty was a concept I learned to experience at an early age. And, I believed it has served me well. Learning to see the challenges in life as benefits brings immerse power easily used to navigate uncertain waters.

Nowadays, the same concepts are popularly championed by many authors, speakers and web sites. Presented with varying view points and directives, positive thinking, or positively visualizing good in your future, has a way of creating significant benefits in your life and in that of those you love. I like to study all that these positive people have to offer. Showing a strong belief in the eternal good that is always happening is what religions call faith. And a strong faith, believing that G-d has a plan no matter the immediate hardship, will carry a person through to the good times.

Here, Mike Dooley, featured in the book The Secret, gives a presentation to Toastmasters about visualizing good and having it made manifest:

Mike Dooley has an inviting way of speaking to teach that
believing in good will cause wonderful things to happen.

Mike Dooley is the author of the book Infinite Possibilities and is the webmaster of the Totally Unique Thoughts web site providing a great deal of information on the concept.  It will expand your horizons and encourage you  to allow good to come into your life, if you haven’t already discovered this for yourself. But, even so, a good review helps to affirm the belief and stimulate it into action. See what you think and let me know!

As Mike Dooley says, “Thoughts become things. Choose the good ones!”

If you have an interest in this concept, hover your mouse
over the links below to preview these two books:

The Secret


Infinite Possibilities: The Art of Living Your Dreams

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Aug 29 2010

Vision is the ability to look at one’s future to decide where you want to be in a selected period of time.

Then, you choose a path while taking positive action and thinking affirmative thoughts.

This may not speak to everyone, but I thought I would share some ideas on how to make your life more satisfying, in case it has some areas that need work. The beauty of what I have learned is that a simple adjusting of the way one sees the world can have a powerful effect on what enters and exits your life.

The interesting thing is, you have to take total responsibility for where you are. Whoa! That’s heavy. Maybe it takes saying it again in a different way to help it sink in. No matter what has happened, no matter how you might feel victimized, you have to ask yourself, why did I think the thoughts or take the actions that would specifically bring this into my life?

If you approach the hardship as a victim, then you will tend to stay victimized, but if you approach the hardship as if it is a learning lesson, then you can enter into an active partnership with the experience. It will seem easier, then, to take proactive steps to improve whatever negative thing happened so it doesn’t happen again because you are in control.

Asking “Why is this lesson important for me?” will help you take control.

Another way to look at it is to wonder, “Why did I ask for this lesson to be brought to me?” Depending on your personal beliefs, you may want to ask questions of your Supreme Being or the concept of Universal Energy or whatever you turn to as something bigger than you. You might even ask or question in prayer, “What is my version of What’s Bigger than Me trying to teach me?”

In the 1980s, there were many counselors who specialized in working with dysfunctional people who had grown up in dysfunctional families. I am sure that many of those excellent facilitators are still around today, it’s just that I don’t need to reach out for somebody to speak with like I did then.

But, what I’m getting to, is that one time I mentioned to the lady who was helping me that I was sick of getting calls from bill collectors and having the telephone shut off. She thought I was short of cash, but, no, I explained, I was “too busy” to pay the bills and “just didn’t think about it” until I went to use the phone and it was without its dial-tone.

Entertaining suggestions from friends, family and facilitators can help you focus on your future.

My counselor’s next comment floored me. “Why do you feel a need to withhold their money?,” she said. What an ODD concept, I thought. Why in the world would she say that because I would never intentionally withhold someone’s money? I didn’t see myself in that role at all. But, then as we discussed it, I grew and began to understand that there was no in between, my bills were either paid or they weren’t. If I wanted them to be paid, I would choose take steps to pay them and if I chose not to take steps to pay them, then I was in effect, withholding their money.

Sometimes talking to a family member, good friend or counselor creates a shift in thinking that is very helpful for the resolution of a problem.

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