No 25 A Safe Place June 21, 2019
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No 25 A Safe Place June 21, 2019

After 43 years with Arthur Murray Dance Centers, I can finally say what Arthur Murray means to us all. It is a safe place. It is a place where we are free from judgment, fear, failure, exclusivity, and danger. Our schools are a place for us to fit in and feel at home away from...

No 17 4-26-19 “It is the Courage to Continue that Counts”
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No 17 4-26-19 “It is the Courage to Continue that Counts”

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965) A man of many talents best known for his inspiring speeches while leading the United Kingdom during World War Two. What is success on the Ballroom Dance Floor? Is it winning? Is it dancing...

No 16 4-19-19 “Three Simple Rules in Life”
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No 16 4-19-19 “Three Simple Rules in Life”

If you do not GO after what you WANT, you’ll never HAVE it! If you do not ASK, the ANSWER will always be NO. If you do not STEP FORWARD, you will always be in the SAME PLACE! Yes, if the train pulls into the station and we do not run to board that train,...

No 15 4-12-19 “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
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No 15 4-12-19 “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519) Italian polymath of the Renaissance   Rachael Ray has been my cooking hero for many years. Truly, I started cooking with her. Many are shocked at how plebeian I am when I confess she is my mentor. She is not a gourmet, she is...

No 11 3-15-19 “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
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No 11 3-15-19 “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

“Be the change that you want to see in the world.” – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948) Indian Nationalist The challenge to be the change that you want to see in the world is a lifetime goal. It is said that our lives and actions are the only scripture that others will ever read. What a...

No 09 2-28-19 ” Strong men believe in cause and effect
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No 09 2-28-19 ” Strong men believe in cause and effect

“Shallow men believe in luck, believe in circumstances — it was somebody’s name, or he happened to be there at the time, or it was so then, and another day would have been otherwise. Strong men believe in cause and effect.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) American Poet and Essayist Have I had luck...

No 06 2-9-19 ” Power is the ability to do good things for others.”
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No 06 2-9-19 ” Power is the ability to do good things for others.”

“Power is the ability to do good things for others.” – Brooke Astor (1902 – 2007) American philanthropist Last night we held our fifth year of participation with Dancing with our Stars for St. Monica Parish Community. We took 6 parents and teachers from the schools and turned them into superstars. We had three hundred tickets...

No 05 2-1-19 “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
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No 05 2-1-19 “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962) American First Lady and Political Activist I’m good at grunt work. I can tackle the things I don’t want to do or anyone else for that matter. There are so many tasks before me that I don’t think I can...

02 1-11-19 “All the great things are simple.”
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02 1-11-19 “All the great things are simple.”

“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honor; duty; mercy; hope.” – Sir Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965) British Politician Do you ever make life harder than it is? I do. I worry too much, and I mess myself up with my own thoughts. My thoughts...