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True Friends Take Time

Georgia O'Keeffe chose her friends carefully. She counted her true friends on one hand. Considered a pioneer in the Modern Art movement, she was born on November 15, 1887. Two years later, Thomas Edison filed a patent for the electric lightbulb. O'Keeffe died in 1986, in the age of Post-modern artists. Just shy of her 100th birthday, she missed the beginning of the Digital [...]

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When You Give an Author a Cookie

How is your business journal coming along? In the post, Keep a SMART Business Journal (Part I), ​I wrote about the Forgetting Curve and the Learning Curve. While working on Part II of the post, I started listening to the audiobook Smarter Faster Better: The Secret of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at The New Yor [...]

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Keep a SMART Business Journal (Part I)

The other day, while flipping through my business journal, I found this quote (post graphic) by writer Barry Eisler. This particular business journal was one I wrote three years ago. When I read this quote again, I felt reassured that I am still aspiring and perspiring in the right direction.Like you, I'm familiar with advice about keeping a journal for story ideas, plots, char [...]

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Live a Committed Life

You are meant for something special.  But are you awake, really awake in the world?In this inspiring Ted Talk by philanthropist and writer Lynne Twist, she describes leading her life not only by her wants and needs but by her commitments. Her commitment, to end world hunger, brought her to the Amazon Rainforest. Her talk is fascinating. My introduction to Lynne's work was [...]

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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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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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When You Give an Author a Cookie

How is your business journal coming along? In the post, Keep a SMART Business Journal (Part I), ​I wrote about the Forgetting Curve and the Learning Curve. While working on Part II of the post, I started listening to the audiobook Smarter Faster Better: The Secret of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at The New Yor [...]

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Keep a SMART Business Journal (Part I)

The other day, while flipping through my business journal, I found this quote (post graphic) by writer Barry Eisler. This particular business journal was one I wrote three years ago. When I read this quote again, I felt reassured that I am still aspiring and perspiring in the right direction.Like you, I'm familiar with advice about keeping a journal for story ideas, plots, char [...]

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Live a Committed Life

You are meant for something special.  But are you awake, really awake in the world?In this inspiring Ted Talk by philanthropist and writer Lynne Twist, she describes leading her life not only by her wants and needs but by her commitments. Her commitment, to end world hunger, brought her to the Amazon Rainforest. Her talk is fascinating. My introduction to Lynne's work was [...]

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