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THANKS: Giving & Giving Back

Janet Walkow

Forward LWP is forwarding a powerful message from a true leading woman, Francine LeFrak. Francine is a successful Broadway, television and movie producer. Her most recent production, Same Sky, is helping to empower women throughout the world by providing employment to HIF-positive women in Rwanda and Zambia. The message from Francine is one of giving thanks, and the moving experience … Continue reading

Renegotiating Relationships

Christine Jacobs

As my parents aged, I needed to change my relationship with them.  Accepting that they had evolving needs as a result of aging and required my support in physical and emotional ways was hard for me and required thoughtful effort.  But these changes were obvious when I took a step back.  And, I understood they needed me to make their … Continue reading

Turning Back the Clock

Janet Walkow

Last Sunday, Daylight Savings Time came to an end and there were numerous reminders to turn our clocks back one hour. This moved me to think about regrets and if we were able to go back in time, would we do things differently? Looking Back, Looking Forward Regret is common, but the extent to which we let it dominate our … Continue reading

Make Your “Ding”

Christine Jacobs

Many Steve Jobs’ tributes in the recent month have included eloquent speeches and list of accomplishments. My favorite was his simple comment:”I want to put a ding in the universe.” Make a Ding, Make a Difference There is a universal need to be recognized and heard and to have an impact. We all want to feel that our lives matter … Continue reading

Dreaming in Black and White

Janet Walkow

Last month, LWP Christine and I traveled with Women for Women International (WFWi) to Bosnia. While there are still many bullet-riddled building and other reminders of the horrific fighting that occurred during the 90’s, what’s remarkable is the dichotomy of progress and the pre-war politics that endure. Women for Women Prior to the trip, I read books about the break … Continue reading

Women and World Peace

Christine Jacobs

Taking Responsibility The Nobel Peace Prize will go to three women activists this year.  Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee are cited for their work in freeing Liberia from the tyranny of the past. Tawakkul Karman is the third recipient and she has worked for peace and freedom in Yemen. One only has to watch Abigail Disney’s excellent … Continue reading

Sexiled

Janet Walkow

What would you do if you walked in on your roommate and she/he was having sex with someone?  This happened to Sharon.  Not just once, but again and again.  Her roommate didn’t seem to notice or care that Sharon was right there in the room.  Sharon was mortified and traumatized.  She avoided her room, staying with friends as muc as … Continue reading

Harry & Priscilla: the search for family

Janet Walkow

Aristotle said that Man is by Nature a social animal. Tina Rosenberg takes the thought further in her new book Join the Club and valuably reminds us that the success of a society depends on the strength of its communities, because the development of our best traits — trust, honesty, foresight, responsibility and compassion — depends upon our close interactions … Continue reading

Do you “but” in?

Christine Jacobs

Listening carefully is part of good conversation and personal growth.  It is an important part of managing yourself.  And it is when you are listening that you learn.  Nothing new comes to you in terms of understanding or knowledge when you are talking. Yet we often are creating our own response to someone while they are speaking.  This isn’t real … Continue reading

Reframe Your Thinking

Christine Jacobs

Think About Issues from Another Angle We all can get stuck in our thinking about a problem or an issue or public policy.  You say the same expressions so often they simple roll off the tongue.  But then you can get stuck.  If you always think about something from the same point of view, you beat fixed pathways in the … Continue reading