Archive for March, 2009

I had an interesting set of experiences yesterday.  I had to take 1.5 yr old my son to the doctor’s to get a blood culture.  They pricked him three times and couldn’t get any blood.  He was screaming as I laid across him, trying to keep his small body still enough on the examining table so they could put the needles in safely.  We tried for at least 20 mins.  He was shocked by the pain, and also by the fact that I was letting this happen to him.  Once that was done, the nurses then gave him an antibiotic shot that they told me was very painful.  The poor little guy slept for almost four hours after the ordeal.

I wanted to cry, too.  On the third prick, I got tears in my eyes, but I knew I had to keep it together for my son.  Later that day I was in the grocery store and some child, probably around three, was having a whale of a tantrum in the check out line.  His mother was desparately trying to calm him, even as he started to hit her.  I’m sure it seemed to her that the whole store could hear him.  Finally, her eyes started to well up, too – clearly out of frustration, feeling overwhelmed, probably exhausted, and who knows what else was going on in her life.

I wanted so badly to help her but didn’t know what I could do.  The grocery bagger helped her out to her car, and the cashier gave her a hug.  I whispered to her that it would be alright at she walked by, but I think I just embarrassed her more.  I really felt for her and got a little teary-eyed myself.  Maybe it was just the day, but I really think all of us mothers are pulling for each other and fully empathize when we see another sister struggling.

It made me think about how much we love our babies and how we cry when they’re hurt, we cry when they frustrate us, and we cry when they shower us with unconditional love – from the scribbled drawing to the hug around our necks.  What a wild ride this is!

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A stunning success story – HARO

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I am so happy to have started my day reading the latest post from Peter Shankman on the one year anniversary of the launch of HARO.  What Peter has done with a simple email list amazes me.  We can all learn a lot from him.  I hope his business model and huge success spawns many more services that are just as valuable – from Peter and others.

I admire Peter not just for his creativity and success but also for finding a way to live the lifestyle he wants.  It’s possible for all of us when we have the guts to go for it.  What’s so inspiring about HARO is it’s a beautiful union of simplicity and an untapped need from both experts and reporters.  Win-Win-Win! (The third “Win”, of course, is Peter.  Or perhaps it’s the readers/viewers/listeners of the articles, books, TV segments, etc. that eventually are published.) 

Do you love HARO as much as I do?

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Recessions = Opportunities

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With all the bad news about, it’s easy to get down about the state of the world today.  Don’t!  This is THE time to look for silver linings, and ripe opportunities.  My husband lost his job last Thursday.  Though he was our family’s source of income until my book ( takes off, we are totally OK with situation.  Why?  Getting laid off was the kick in the butt he needed to figure out what he really wants to do with his life.  He’s not alone, either.  More and more people I know are stepping back, reflecting, and asking themselves “what in the world am I doing with the rest of my life?”  What things, titles, and lifestyle do they really WANT or NEED?  I know that it’s a scary time for all of us, and facing foreclosure on your family home, or going without health insurance, is no joke.  I also absolutely believe that we will rise from these ashes stronger, more aware, more grateful for our loved ones, and more appreciative of a picnic in the park on a warm, sunny day.

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As a new author and working mom, I was so thrilled to get the call from my best friend from high school, who lives in Chicago, that she saw a write-up on me and the book in the Sunday edition of the Chicago Tribune!  I just wanted to share some success as we continue to get innundated by bad news on the economy, etc. Times are tough, but I would like to encourage everyone here to share their successes as well.  We can all learn from what’s working for one another and lend each other support!

Here’s a link to the Tribune article:,0,6514744.story

Have a great day,

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