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Quincy Jones’s Top 10 Rules for Success

​Saturday's blog post featured the influence of Quincy Jones on Herbie Hancock. Today, I'm following up with Quincy Jones's Top 10 Rules for Success. It is excellent. Begging the question: What's your #1 Rule for Success?  [...]

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We Will Always Remember

This first video is a look at the 9/11 Memorial. The second video is a beautiful, haunting prayer sung by cantor Ari Schwartz at the Interfaith service held on September 25, 2015. In closing this post, I share the story behind Double Check (post image) by Seward Johnson and its significance when I saw it for the first time. We will always remember. ​Double Check by [...]

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How Quincy Jones Discovered Piano

Before you listen to Quincy Jones describe how he discovered piano, I suggest you watch this clip of Herbie Hancock. On American Masters, he describes the Jazz scene in New York during the 1960s and how Quincy Jones inspired him.  How Quincy Jones Discovered Piano"Every cell in my body said this is what I'm going to do for the rest of life," Jones says in this charming int [...]

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One Writer’s Beginnings

One Writer's Beginnings, as Eudora Welty shows us, come from our light in relation to the world around us. She is one of my favorite short story writers. So when I read the manuscript for Footsteps: In Love with a Frenchman by Susan M. Tiberghien, I fell in love with the simple, everyday stories of life and decided to publish them under my imprint Red Lotus Studio Press. The di [...]

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Anya AchtenbergPoet and Novelist                 

Melissa provides an extraordinary combination of powerful support, creative thinking, and a real knowledge of business and the publishing world. With her support, I now realize fully what my truest gifts are and how to create my writing and teaching life, which not only uses these gifts, but also fulfills my most central values and beliefs. 

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A New Growth Spurt

It's mid-July, the corn is high, and I'm celebrating 10 years of working with writers, artists, and creators of all kinds. I feel deep gratitude for my clients, friends, and family. Your examples of courageous creating inspire me to be a better coach and human being. Working one-to-one with clients and facilitating workshops, I'm in Awe of how people express the best of th [...]

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We Will Always Remember

This first video is a look at the 9/11 Memorial. The second video is a beautiful, haunting prayer sung by cantor Ari Schwartz at the Interfaith service held on September 25, 2015. In closing this post, I share the story behind Double Check (post image) by Seward Johnson and its significance when I saw it for the first time. We will always remember. ​Double Check by [...]

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How Quincy Jones Discovered Piano

Before you listen to Quincy Jones describe how he discovered piano, I suggest you watch this clip of Herbie Hancock. On American Masters, he describes the Jazz scene in New York during the 1960s and how Quincy Jones inspired him.  How Quincy Jones Discovered Piano"Every cell in my body said this is what I'm going to do for the rest of life," Jones says in this charming int [...]

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One Writer’s Beginnings

One Writer's Beginnings, as Eudora Welty shows us, come from our light in relation to the world around us. She is one of my favorite short story writers. So when I read the manuscript for Footsteps: In Love with a Frenchman by Susan M. Tiberghien, I fell in love with the simple, everyday stories of life and decided to publish them under my imprint Red Lotus Studio Press. The di [...]

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