• “I have had a wonderful life…and I am placing my fate in God’s hands,” former President Jimmy Carter told the nation at a press conference on a steamy August day in the south.  Already an honored senior statesman thanks to his direction of the Carter Center – which is renowned the world over for its […]

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  •   A record number of Americans found a new source of pride during the July 4th holiday weekend as they cheered on the U.S. soccer team in the FIFA Women’s World Cup.  Women internationally also learned once again how under-valued they are financially by the world’s major sports organizations.   The showdown took place Sunday on the Fox Network as a record-setting […]

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  • Last year I cheered on the exciting, but ultimately unsuccessful  Triple Crown quest of an improbable thoroughbred champion named California  Chrome*– dubbed the “people’s horse” by his Michigan owners in tribute to their working class roots and the horse’s modest breeding tag.  On the first Saturday of June this year, I celebrated my birthday with […]

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  • I grew up a in a working class, ethnic, mostly Catholic neighborhood on Detroit’s east side at a time when young girls were not expected to question their elders or have dreams beyond marriage. I quickly identified with the struggles of the heroine in Gloria Nixon-John’s new novel (also named  Gloria), Learning from Lady Chatterly.  […]

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  • Spring is a time of renewal – and whether you look to nature, the arts or sports, it’s a time to get inspired and re-energized in your personal and professional  life.  If you watched the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, it was a reminder that a new generation is always ready to take […]

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