Archive for July, 2008

Pattie’s Boys

July 21, 2008

I just finished reading the biography of Pattie Boyd. She was married to George Harrison and a little later after she divorced George she married Eric Clapton. So she married a Beatle and then another icon of rock and roll. Her insights are basically that they both (George and Eric) were addicts and narcissists and had little time for the missus. Ok so I was sympathetic with her reaction to George bringing Hare Krishna families into the house and chanting all the time BUT Eric was a different guy with all of the same issues i.e. addiction, alcohol, sex, drugs and rock n roll. What is to be learned from her experiences other than history repeats itself? What did the 1960’s free us from in the long run?

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Stumbling in stilettos.

July 16, 2008

I, along with a billion other people, watched Miss USA stumble and fall the other night. I felt terribly for her and was impressed when she got right back up and started a round of applause. But there is a more bothersome aspect to the ‘fall’ and that is why those contestants are required (?) to wear high high heels to compete (not to mention the whole bathing suit category).
What do you think?

Is this love?

July 10, 2008

First off I will start by saying, I have never really been an avid watcher of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette (although, I did quite adore Trista and Ryan!). I figured we needed to address the situation at hand, however. This recently-ended season of The Bachelorette has caused much heat among women I know…I mean, did DeAnna choose the wrong guy?? I have heard mostly that, but want your thoughts.

I happen to believe and feel, that one’s personal life should stay, well, PERSONAL. I cannot imgaine being on national television searching for my “soul mate” or whatever you want to title them. Would any of you put yourself out there trying to find your true love? I wonder how much she really got to know these men and if it was enough to become engaged to Jesse? I find that hard to believe, but maybe because I can sometimes be a little skeptical.

Jason seemed like a sweet man and loved her dearly. I will say that I am happy she chose Jesse if that is truly where her heart is. Will Jason become our next Bachelor? I have also seen articles and other posts about ALL these women around the country wanting to be with Jason..women who have never even met this guy! I mean, are these women just desperate for a man and they use reality tv to define their reality?

I want comments from you women out there, from those who watched the show and those who didn’t much, like myself. Jesse seems like a nice and loving man, too, although a bit goofy..is that why we all think he’s wrong?? Please catch me up to speed with all this madness!

Information is power.

July 9, 2008

Every day I receive an email newsletter from womensenews.com which reminds me of so much of what is going on in the world that we don’t follow much less know. Seemingly obscure legislative actions in other states or heart rending instances of a continuing lack of rights for women worldwide. I still can’t fathom the fact that women aren’t allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia. That said women’s enews editors have drafted a memo on the status of women that they hope to promote at both political conventions. It is worth a read as it shows that not alot has changed and that neither presumptive candidate has a particularly compelling stance on many women’s issues per se….but don’t take my word for it see for yourself http://womensenews.org/article.cfm/dyn/aid/3609.
Stay cool out there.

Ingrid Betancourt freed at last.

July 3, 2008

I was moved to tears by the release of Ingrid Betancourt . She has been held hostage for 5 years by rebels in Colombia and is now back in the arms of her long suffering family. She was campaigning for president when she and her vice presidential running mate Clara Rojas were kidnapped and taken hostage. Ms. Rojas was released earlier this year and reunited with her four year old son who was conceived and born in captivity. What amazing women these must be to endure such a horrendous experience and come out with an attitude of wanting to continue in public service.

Feeling the Ceiling…

July 3, 2008

So what is it about women leaders? Where are they? What is it going to take to get more of them? I am constantly impressed by the combination of skill sets that women in leadership roles have to possess. It can be daunting to be a woman leader ala Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, et al. What is it that we need to master before making it to the elusive leadership position in our company or organization…or our community for that matter. Sara King with the Center for Creative Leadership has some great thoughts on what it takes at :
http://www.ccl.org/leadership/enewsletter/2008/MAYthemes.aspx
What do you think?


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