Category Archives: Writing & Social Commentary

Janis, Little Girl Blue (a documentary)

This powerful new documentary about Janis Joplin tells the story of her painful childhood, her [...]

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The Story of Dorothy, NSA / NC, 1989

In 1989, the Northern California chapter of the National Speakers Association hosted the winter workshop. [...]

The Big Short, Assault on Wall Street, and Class Warfare

The world is run by the fat cats at the top. Always has been. Under [...]

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What Have I Learned?

In retirement I experience a richness that is palpable. My health is good enough. Everything [...]

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A Treasure

One of the best treasures I found digging through the geological history of my work [...]

Are You a Greek or a Roman?

One of my fondest memories as Northern California National Speakers Association chapter president was being [...]

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WTF?

“You know how to make America great again? Tell Donald Trump to go to hell.” [...]

Mary McGlynn and PowerSpeaking, Inc. Hit the Big Time!

(Note founder’s name, “Robert Gilbert”)

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The Decline of Religion

From Galileo forward, religion has been in a duel to the death with science. Breaking [...]

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Reactions to “Kill Obamacare”

Readers comments:   JAN ROBERTSON  Nov 13.15   Right on Rick! You summed it up very well. [...]

My Favorite Speech of All Time

In my 50-year career as a speaker and trainer, my all-time favorite speech was called [...]

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Gloria Steinem Interview

Last week Mary met Susan Blake, a Bay Area TV personality. Susan later checked out [...]

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Kill Obamacare !!!

Yet another article in the WSJ today about how the Republicans want to blow up [...]

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Revenge of the Diners

You are sitting with three other people at a nice restaurant engaged in deep conversation [...]

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Ask your doctor…

Ask your doctor… if your heart is healthy enough for Let ‘er Rip. It could be [...]

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Repaving Harrison Avenue

All the cars were off the street under threat of “being towed at owner’s expense.” [...]

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My Fight With a Green Beret

Bob was handcuffed to the gurney when the two San Francisco cops wheeled him into [...]

Gun Control: California’s Attorney General Agrees with Let ‘er Rip!

In my last blog post, I suggested a way to end this interminable debate over [...]

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Grateful To Be In the 1% (Medically Speaking)

The two major killers in our country are heart disease and cancer. We all know [...]

Blue Angels: It Gets Personal

On Saturday, October 10, the Blue Angels streaked across the skies above San Francisco Bay. [...]

Word Chaos

Word Chaos Our verbal communication swims in a sea of metaphors and memes. (Like that [...]

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Take Your iPhone Video – You Might Get in the Show !

A Cappella group Hook Slide played Saturday night at the Pacific Performances in Pacifica. At [...]

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Photography Corner: Portraits

In  exchange for speech coaching, I recently had a photo session with photographer Mark Tuschman. [...]

Immediate Cure for Gun Violence

Many chickenshit politicians are terrified of the NRA. “Oh my god, if I get a [...]

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