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Six Simple Words to Change a Life

Words are powerful. A friend and mentor of mine is a smart, strategic communications pro who was one of the first in his family to go to college. He grew up poor, with parents who didn’t speak English well. When I asked him once about how he got from East …

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Quit Begging Me to Shop Already, You Look Desperate

I love shopping. Plenty of family members and friends can attest to my love for the mall. Neiman Marcus to Wal-Mart, I love it all. But after four housebound days watching hundreds of commercials touting Black Friday sales using crazy-eyed, emotionally over-stimulated women, I’ve been trying to figure out how …

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The nearly weightless side of nature.

Enough tornados, earthquakes, freak snowstorms and bad news. This video of thousands of starlings, flying in the most beautiful unison, was taken in Ireland and is now sweeping the Internet. Who among us doesn’t need a little beauty today? <p>Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo.</p>

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Impressions of Dakar, Senegal

My first trip to Africa was my October visit to Senegal, on the west coast. I spent most of the time working at a conference held at the Le Meridien, but was able to get out a few times to see little bits of the city. My lasting impressions are …

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El Nido Family Centers Needs Your Help

They are one of the oldest social service agencies in Los Angeles, helping a nearly invisible impoverished population as they try to transform their lives. The problems they address include child abuse and neglect, school dropouts, adolescent pregnancy, youth crime and gang prevention. El Nido Family Centers is losing millions …

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Oklahoma clay takes beautiful form in Frankoma Pottery

There’s nothing particularly fancy about a piece of satin-finished Frankoma pottery, made of creamy beige clay from the Arbuckle Mountains or reddish clay from Sugar Loaf Hill. But something about its blend of Western inspired lines and practicality appeal to me, and I’m proud to have more than a few …

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Even the ghosts have left this Oklahoma town

It was the opposite of an Oklahoma land rush in Picher this week, as giant yellow CATs started knocking down abandoned homes and businesses in this town scarred by eight decades of mineral mining.   Most of the town, including its multiple piles of discarded rock, zinc and lead the …

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Hallelujah flash mob video

Came across the video of a flash mob choir at a New York mall food court giving an impromptu performance of Handel’s Hallelujah chorus. The singing is beautiful, the enjoyment on the faces of the listeners and the performers is sweet, and the debate on the comments among atheists and …

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Happy birthday, Johnny Marr!

He created the haunting, swampy guitar sound that made the Smiths’ How Soon Is Now? the perfect anthem for all my teenage angst. Happy 47th birthday to our generation’s signature guitarist.  

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First Post

Join the conversation. I hear the phrase a lot now when talking with other PR professionals about the social media explosion. Listen. Respond. Create. Blog and vlog. Tweet. So I signed up for a class at UCLA Extension about social media best practices for communications pros. Start blogging, said Erik …