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peg-crompton's picture
May.25.2009
I wish chocolate helped to shed pounds instead of exercise, but it doesn't.  I much prefer the flavor of rich milk or dark chocolate melting on my tongue to the feeling of sweat running down my forehead into my eyes.  For those of you that are fortunate enough to inherit a speedy metabolism, God...
shana-mclean-moore's picture
May.06.2009
I’m hoping the graphic designers of the world will create a new kind of emoticon, because I’ve discovered that my fellow saps and I are most often moved to tears for reasons far removed from sadness. I, for one, spring the biggest leaks whenever I witness greatness. Let’s face it—in this age of...
shana-mclean-moore's picture
Apr.02.2009
Shouldn’t we treat our community volunteers as our society’s “untouchables”? I obviously don’t mean this in the mobster-thug sense of the word where hoodlums instill fear in the masses until the likes of Eliot Ness steps in to seek justice. Nor do I mean this in the reprehensible sense of the...
shana-mclean-moore's picture
Mar.25.2009
Last week, I had the opportunity to speak to 800 supporters of Project Cornerstone, the Bay Area non-profit devoted to fostering 41 developmental assets in area youth. The organization is as near and dear to my heart as the subject they asked me to speak about—community building. During these...
shana-mclean-moore's picture
Mar.20.2009
While only half of my experience relates to the writing process, I am hoping my fellow Red Roomers will still take interest in my celebration. I am thrilled to announce that yesterday, in front of 800 strangers at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, I rocked my very first large public speaking gig...
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Mar.03.2009
Laying down your life for a cause may be considered historically noble in some cultures while still currently so in others, but those of us who limit our causes to merely raising a family while juggling the additional demands of work and household duties -- and whining about it all incessantly --...
barbara-boyer's picture
Feb.19.2009
Sunset Sessions is a yearly music industry promotional event hosted by Michele Clark of MM Music (one of the top promoters in the country). It is an opportunity for new talent and not so new talent to play their latest works for a captive audience of insiders; mostly radio, studio, and movie...
elizabeth-stark's picture
Feb.12.2009
There’s a reading series in San Francisco called Writers with Drinks, but I’ve been thinking lately about the ingredients that make someone a working writer or a professional writer–whatever you want to call it in a country that does not recognize the existence of, let alone the profound need for,...
shana-mclean-moore's picture
Jan.29.2009
I love a good author chat that stirs or inspires me. There’s just something magical about hearing the backstory to a book, live and in person. I attended one such chat this week with James Vollbracht, the author of Stopping at Every Lemonade Stand: How to Create a Culture that Cares for Kids....
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Jan.15.2009
As a parent of two middle school aged daughters, I find myself tasked with preaching the virtues of resilience. You see, once a child leaves the protective embrace of elementary school and its spirit of inclusiveness and self-esteem building, the proverbial "real world" rears its ugly...