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July 2013

You Can't Win If You Don't Play

2017-01-17T17:22:34-04:00July 30th, 2013|1000 Cranes News, Book Reviews, Communication Powerhouse|

Naomi Takeuchi "Heart of a Toastmaster" by Sheryl RoushThe last week has been a whirlwind of activity since hearing the news that my story was not only accepted into a book anthology called “Heart of a Toastmaster” but my face will appear on the front cover of the book as well.  It has been an honor to have this new attention brought to light, and I anticipate there will be more excitement on Wednesday, August 21st when I will share the stage with several Toastmasters from around the world during the “Heart of a Toastmaster” book launch and book signing.

Life Lessons.  Several people have asked me how I had managed to get my story accepted and my picture on the cover of the book, and I mention several things.

1) Say “Yes!” – I had mentioned in previous posts about how I have adopted the Tina Fey philosophy of “Say Yes!” […]

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December 2007

Private Foundations and the 5% Rule

2017-01-17T17:23:59-04:00December 10th, 2007|Book Reviews|

The Wall Street Journal recently interviewed Duke Professor, Joel Fleishman, who recently wrote the book, "The Foundation: A Great American Secret; How Private Wealth is Changing the World", which highlights where much of our wealth is being directed through these philanthropic entities.  What’s fascinating about the interview is that there is regulation that prevents private foundations from giving more than 5% of their wealth as it was a gating factor to ensure the longevity of the organization.

As Joel Fleishman mentions to WSJ reporter, Kelsey Hubbard, an organization can continue to survive in perpetuity by giving 6% of its wealth, and there is some discussion of the threshold being raised to that.  Organizations that decide they will only exist for the life of the philanthropist or 10 years after his/her death, may certainly give more than that, but in general foundations sit on large assets and distribute only 5% each year.

Did you know that in North Carolina, the Reynolds family has several foundations […]

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October 2007

Harry Potter, The End?

2017-01-17T17:24:05-04:00October 25th, 2007|Book Reviews|

I finally finished reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  It’s amazing to see what a phenomenon the set of seven books has been to the world.    It was an enjoyable read with lots of mysteries to unravel and villains to fight. 

Not to give away the ending, let’s just say, that there could be the possibility of an eighth book if the publisher really pushed J.K. Rowling, she left room in the story to continue it somewhat.  With all the talk about Dumbledore being gay in recent news, it made me wonder if J.K. Rowling decided to mention this piece of information to sell more books.  Things have been a bit quiet on the Hogwarts front until this juicy piece of gossip hit the newstands. 

I haven’t yet seen the latest Harry Potter movie, but this particular book made me wonder about how they decide to translate The Deathly Hallows to […]

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June 2007

Russell Simmon's New Book, Do You!…

2017-01-17T17:24:29-04:00June 23rd, 2007|Book Reviews|

I must admit, I had no idea who Russell Simmons was when I went to the BookExpo in New York a few weeks back.  I had attended the luncheon where he was a panelist, and all the members of the audience received his new book, "Do You!  12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success." 

He was kind enough to stay after the luncheon to speak with members of the audience and to sign books, and you may recall from my previous posting on June 2nd (My Book Expo Lunch with Celebrities), he accepted the origami crane that I gave to him and placed it in his pocket.   

I just finished the book, and I must say that I’m now a big fan.  What I like most about him is his openness to embrace change and different points of view.  I was also surprised that this mogul […]

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Finding Your Dharma or Path

2017-01-17T17:24:31-04:00June 8th, 2007|Book Reviews|

If you’ve been following this blog, you know that I recently met Russell Simmons at the Book Expo in New York, and I’ve started reading his book, "Do You!  12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success". 

The book has been a great read so far, and as he mentions in his book (as he did when he spoke at the convention), he discusses what has been repeated in scripture and in other places.   He doesn’t claim it as his own.  It is simply a compilation of the things that have worked for him. 

I’m currently on the Chapter, "Law Number Four:  Stop Frontin’ and Start Today."  Simmons has a whimsical style, and I like how he sprinkles hip-hop language throughout the book.  In previous chapters, for example, he talks about being TRUE to yourself and how he wears the clothing that his company designs under the "Phat Farm" […]

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