Queen of the Fairies

The first time I met Ilona, she lay flat on her back in her bed, beckoning me to kiss her.

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How You Get to be Chairman of the Board

When two of my speech clients were elected chairman of the board of their respective organizations, I looked for a common denominator.

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The Lady of the Dunes

If you like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain
If you're not into yoga, if you have half a brain
If you like making love at midnight, in the dunes on the cape
I'm the love that you've looked for, come with me and escape

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Tormenta!

In her memoir, Paris France, Gertrude Stein claimed: “Writers have two countries. The one where they belong and the one in which they live really. The second one is romantic. It is not real but it is really there.”

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Lady and the Tramp: Pooches in Paradise

The Island of Vieques is one big barnyard.

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When the CEO Sees Red

My daughter once won the annual children’s Halloween window-painting contest sponsored by Main Street merchants in our town of Ridgefield, CT. What made hers such a stellar achievement was that the shopkeepers prohibited the kids from using black paint lest their windows crack from the sunlight absorbed by black.

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When CEOs Screw up: “I am Spiderman”

I once wrote speeches for the head of an IBM operating unit whose go-to line when he screwed things up was: “The staff let me down.”

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Meet the Savage Goddess of Cape Cod

I heard it first from the lips of a summer resident at Provincetown airport’s departure gate: “Well, the time has come. I have to leave Paradise.”

Cape Cod?

Paradise?

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How Single-Malt Scotch Can Help Your Career

My post two weeks ago touched on the idea that being odd can pay off. At least two of this Spring’s crop of university speakers touched on this idea as well.

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For a Speechwriter, Sodomy Sometimes Comes With the Territory

Ask a little kid what they want to be when they grow up. They’ll never say “speechwriter.”

Is it any wonder?

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