Sunday, February 7, 2010

What Valentine's Day Should Be

Valentine's Day, February 14th, is on Sunday this year. That probably will mean less deliveries to one's workplace, and more going out to dinner this weekend. Money will be spent and loving attention will be paid to that special someone . . perhaps on the day itself, or the entire weekend. After it's over, it's back to the same old routines. How sad is that!

I propose that we make an effort to keep the intent of Valentine's Day alive and well all year long, not just with our loved ones, but with others as well, by keeping the spirit of holiday in caring for all. I'm willing to try. How about you?

Here's a peek at some of my guests on Coffee Chat who care for others in their own special way. More reasons to tune in to WKXL1450 am and 103.9 fm every day.

The Concord Coachmen Barbershoppers have five quartets that will be delivering music and love for Valentine's Day again this year (two days really, Friday the 12th and Sunday the 14th). They sang for us as my guests on the show on Friday and literally brought me to tears. Check out what they offer:

The Community Players of Concord are at it again. They're ready to make us laugh to help us get through the cold winter month of February with a perfect Valentine date. Go see their production of "The Underpants". Pat Delzell, the Director of the show, will be on Coffee Chat this Friday, Feb. 12, which is the opening day of show.

Kathy Salanitro is the owner of Ox-K Farm. What an interesting story she had to share with us a few weeks ago. What became the love of pets in raising oxen on her farm, developed in her work with children and teens interacting with the oxen to help them find their inner strength and build their self confidence. Her caring for others and for these animals makes it Valentine's Day every day at her farm in Gilford.
Above is a photo of "Jake" talking to Kathy. Visit her website:

Want to know what's happening with Kimball Jenkins Estate since their recent public forum?
Tune in on Monday, February 8th. You'll also learn the history of Carolyn Jenkins who left the wonderful gift of the estate to the community.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

In 2010: Look for the Good

A few months ago, I bumped into a friend and we got to talking about what makes for a good marriage. She and her husband (who happens to be a marriage counselor, so I knew she would have some insight into the subject), have been married for several years, and my husband and I are heading for our 39th year this September. I was surprised at how quickly she answered. It was as though she knew without a doubt of this profound approach to a happy marriage and was eager to share it with me. She said quite simply, "Always look for the good." I remember nodding in agreement, for I instantly knew what she meant. I had practiced this, (most often accidentally), over the years, but without giving it much thought. Since then, it's been on my mind constantly, not only in my marriage, but in dealing with everyone and everything in my life. It seems to be working, so I'm sharing with you and making it one of my new year's resolutions.

Here are a couple of examples on how "looking for the good" has helped me see things in a more positive light. Each night, at around 9:15 pm 'ish", my husband falls asleep in his favorite lounge chair. Now this happens to be "our time", when we watch a movie, or a favorite TV show, and I like to talk about our day. Typically, I would nudge him and try to wake him up. But one night, I tried to look for that good. I thought, "he works so hard all day and deserves this small break." And I thought how cute he looked with his glasses askew and hearing the light puffing noises he makes prior to an occasional snore. And then it happened . . . instead of frustration and anger, I was filled with love and warmth. I looked for the good and that's all I saw. It worked!

Here's the second example. While at Disney World last week on a family vacation, we found ourselves at the Magic Kingdom on Christmas day in the pouring rain, trying to find shelter along with THOUSANDS of others who also thought it would be a great idea to visit the Florida attraction on December 25th. Where indeed was the good in this situation? Instead of focusing on the frustration and discomfort, I thought how funny we looked in our yellow rain slickers, like a family of ducks. It made me smile and remember that we were building memories that we would certainly laugh at in the future.

I always look for the good when I seek out and interview guests on community TV and radio. There's a lot of good happening out there. So why shouldn't I do the same for those closest to me: my family, co-workers, neighbors, employers, etc. I think you know what I mean. It may sound simplistic, because it is!

Happy New Year!


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Working With Those Young Folks

I invite you to look at the new photo on my blog. I'm interviewing Katy Brown during Market Days, the founder of the Concord Arts Market. She's young, vibrant, creative, and bringing new and exciting things to our community. I felt like this could have been an interview with me 30 plus years ago. I was both envious of her accomplishment at such a young age, but pleased that a younger generation was on the move and making good things happen in my city.

It made me think a lot of when I was the youngest person in the office. As I recall, it felt great, but a bit daunting at the same time. I also remember how easy it was for us "young folks" to be critical of the seniors in the company and question why they did things the way they did. But as the months and years went by, it became clear to me that they really knew what they were talking about after all and I should trust their judgement.

I've discovered that things are different today however. To begin with, it's the first time that five generations of employees make up the work force in America. That's because retirees are now working longer, whether it be by choice or need. Second, it's a work place immersed in technology. This is where senior workers often feel insecure. Does this mean that the work of our more mature and experienced workers is devalued? I sincerely hope not.

If I were once again the youngest worker in the office today, knowing what I know now, I'd like to think that I would value my older co-workers for the life experience that they bring to the table that I have yet to understand. And I would respect them for their hard work and contributions to my company and my community.

After having managed employees most of my life, I now work for and with people in their 20's. Both my managers at WKXL and Concord TV are accomplished professionals already. Yes, I am more than twice their age, and that of many of my co-workers, but they keep me young and cool and connected to technology much more than if I were on my own, having to try it without them. I'm learning media production, video and editing, social networking, and more, and embracing it with gusto. They make me laugh every day and in this environment, I am 20 something again.

Do you know what I've discovered? It's that we can all learn from each other if we are open to doing so with an open mind and heart. I'm sure I have earned their respect. I know they have earned mine!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Where will we all be in 13 years? Apparently, I'll be "Up There"

What does a 7 year old know about heaven? Apparently, my granddaughter Avery knows something I don't. While chit chatting with her recently, we got on the subject of what she might be doing when she's 20 years old. She told me, in a very matter of fact way, that I would not be here with her. Surprised by that comment, I asked her, "Where will I be"? With a smile on her face, she pointed up to the sky. I asked her what she meant and she told me, "You'll be with God in heaven." She must have sensed that her comment upset me a bit, and continued by saying, "but you'll always be with me in my heart." Now, I'm not sure what to make of that except to hope that this child is not psychic. In any case, it got me to thinking about all the things I haven't had a chance to do in my life like: write a play; travel with my husband cross country in an RV; produce a video documentary; publish a book; be a stand up comedienne; spend many years with my family! Thank goodness I have a sense of humor and still have that ambitious streak in me that wants to explore, learn and experience life to the fullest while I still can. So, what's my point? I've discovered in that brief discussion with Avery that I should take every day, one day at a time, pledging to enjoy every minute of it . . . while I still can!


Saturday, October 3, 2009

Finding Fairies

While visiting Portsmouth with our granddaughters and their parents on Saturday, September 20th, we thought we'd drop by and see what was happening at Strawbery Bank. Little did we know that this was the day of the Fairy House Tour. Arriving at the tail end of the event, with only 1/2 hour remaining, we were able to stroll onto the grounds and find some of the fairy houses that were tucked away among the trees and bushes. Avery, the 7 year old, had toured Strawbery Banke with her class and eagerly gave us some of her historical perspective of the buildings from what she remembered. The tour with her fellow classmates obviously left a positive impression on her. It was a beautiful day and I was able to take some nice photos of the girls as they looked for fairy houses. They were disappointed in not finding any fairies however. As I looked at their sweet faces, I knew that I was in the presence of my very own little fairies and thought to myself . . . "It really doesn't get much better than this!"

Talk to you soon.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Discovering Odds Bodkin

Last week was another great week for meeting interesting people. Odds Bodkin, ( storyteller from Bradford, NH, came on my radio show, and then dropped by the Concord TV studio to promote the Granite State Storyteller Festival, coming to New London this October 17, where Odds will be the Headliner for the event. The Festival will feature storytellers from across New England and New York. There will be four categories of tales; young children, families, adults and ghost stories. Visit the website to find more information,
or go to the Coffee Chat archives on
Storyteller, Lauretta Phillips arranged the visit. Lauretta also has a storytelling show on WKXL, called Tale Spinner Cafe, which is on Saturday afternoons at 4 pm.

Other interviews:
The Audi Gala
September 13 is the date of the annual Audi Gala. Director Allwynne Fine, Producer David Murdo, and Arts Fair Coordinator Candy Brehm (happening at 6 pm in the parking lot prior to the 7pm show), came on the show to talk about the event that features a full schedule of performances by those groups that will be presenting on the audi stage this season.

The Community Players of Concord (
The organization had a plethora of news to talk about. Carol Kyne talked of the September 19th
Players Auction, happening at the Concord City Auditorium at 6pm. You won't want to miss this exciting first in the area. Players members donated each auction item that offers both hand crafted pieces as well as services that we can all use. Candy Brehm made another appearance
to talk about the upcoming Walker Lecture's Big Band Comedy Canteen on September 25 at the Audi (to benefit the Players). And Bob Pearson presented the 2009 season for the theatre group:
Godspell in November, The Underpants (a comedy by Steve Martin) in February, and Big, The Musical in May. And let's not forget the Children's Theatre Production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer on October 16 and 17. We could have talked for another hour for sure.

What's happening next week?
Listen for The Concord Library, the SPCA, Community Concerts, and Nashua Theatre Guild, among other surprises. Tune in to 1450am or 103.9fm every morning from 9 to 10 am.

Monday, September 7, 2009

A Passion for Discovery; A Passion for a Play

In life, discovery never ends. I realized this when watching the first online video program of my 7 yr. old granddaughter, "Avery Discovers." In the video, she shares her likes and dislikes of her favorite new characters created by The Littlest Pet Shop. How does that fit in to the description of my blog? Well, I've wanted to start my own blog for a long time, but could never come up with a title that captured the essence of what I envisioned as the content of my blog.

Having three careers in community radio, television and my small business, I wondered how I could connect my experiences in a cohesive flow on a blog. Then it came to me! Just like Avery, my blog would be about discovery. Every day, in every aspect of my life, I have the pleasure of meeting new people, new organizations and businesses that are doing important and exciting things. Even at my age (not to be published, please), I was not only continuing the discovery process (sounds a bit like legalese, doesnt' it?), but I seem to have developed a greater appetite for discovery today, more than any other time in my life. So that's what my blog is all about. I hope the reader comes along for this great life discovery ride with me. Read on.

Have you ever heard of the play, "Woyzeck"? Written by George Buchner, it's about a German soldier's isolation and gradual descent into madness. It is an absurdly comic, genuinely poignant, and dramatically provocative portrait of a poor man whose final act tragically destroys the only thing he truly loves. Directed by the extremely talented Glenn Stuart, Professor of Theatre at New England College, the play is presented by The Open Door Theatre at the College on September 18 and 19 at 7:30 pm and September 20 at 3:00 pm.

Glenn was on my show on WKXL's Coffee Chat last Friday and I was struck by his tremendous passion for the play and of the author who died before completing the piece in the early 1800's.
I hope you'll plan on seeing the show and supporting the work of this outstanding theatre company and cast.

New England College's contributions to local theatre is worth discovering. For more on the production: