Dealing with the Odds and Getting Even

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I am dedicating this blog post to all the women who have fought and survived breast cancer and to the memory of those who did not, including my dear friend Julie Gandle who left this world in January 2007. Breast health should be observed every day of the year, not just focused on in the month of October. Here are some important stats to chew own. It starts with the odds. And if you survive and beat it, you got even. About 1 in 8 women in the United States (12%) will develop invasive breast cancer

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Is The Song in Your Heart Out of Tune?

Some people compare their lives to a book or to characters on television of in a movie. I like to compare the stages of my life to different songs. I even write my own words.  Maybe it’s my Tennessee roots, growing up near Music City and the “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” but I am convinced some of my songs would make a great country-western hit. When I was single, and wanderlust was the only lust in my life, I wrote a song called “Love Don’t Stick To My Teflon Heart.” I still have the lyrics typed on a piece of paper

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Looking Back-Moving Forward

Sunday, September 11, will mark the tenth anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States that brought down four airplanes, the World Trade Towers and close to 3000 lives, but brought together a community of Americans and its allies in solidarity against terrorism.  I was in New York that day, and my apartment’s patio had a direct view of the collapse of the towers and shocked crowds on the streets. Close enough to see the fireball blaze and the slow disintegration of skyscraper but far enough to avoid the crush of debris and smoke. Every year since that day I have quietly listened to the roll

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After The Storm

I have a favorite quote: “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain.” In our lifetimes, all of us will have to face stormy days, stormy experiences, stormy relationships.  This past weekend Hurricane Irene bore down on the East Coast, a category 3 storm at first, downgraded to category 1 when it hit New York and eventually becoming a tropical storm. Preparedness was key to avoiding disaster. Coastal towns and low lying areas including lower Manhattan were evacuated. Mass transit was stopped. Medical and police personnel were on alert. The storm tore through the East Coast in the course of three

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The Mother of Reinvention

“Reinvention”- It is a word I use alot. After my cancer treatment was over, I reinvented my look, shorter blonder hair and leaner body. I reinvented my diet: more fruits and vegetables; less sugar and fat; no red meat; no fried foods. I reinvented my business, now called The Connected Table, with new, streamlined and more alternative forms of marketing and promotion. And I have been working on reinventing other areas of my life, as a consultant, advocate, mentor and writer. We all have the potential to reinvent ourselves if we choose to do so.  You just have to want to do it, aim at the goal and focus. It may take time,

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