Monthly Archives: June 2014

The Classic Pamela Positive: Michael J. Fox Says, “When the Unexpected Intrudes…”

“When the unexpected and inconceivable intrude on life, and it will…deal with life’s actual events–don’t obsess about perceived eventualities.  Relax–enjoy the ride.” – Michael J. Fox


Michael J. Fox is an actor and activist.  He has appeared in iconic roles including Marty McFly in “Back to the Future” and Alex P. Keaton in the TV show “Family Ties”.  He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1991, revealing his condition publicly in 1998.  Since then he has been a powerful activist promoting research for a cure.  He has been married to actress Tracy Pollan since 1988, and they have four children.  Fox is also the author of three books, including the memoir, “Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist”.

The Pamela Positive: We Carry Our Weather Around With Us

We carry our weather around with us.” – Stephen Covey

What a wonderful encouragement from Stephen Covey.  No matter if our day seems cloudy or rainy, either from the outside weather or from tough news or a challenging day, we determine our weather.

We establish the climate outlook of our minds, conversations…We shape the weather pattern of our communications; we forecast the rain, sun or clouds of our expectations.   We are in charge of our own weather, and our weather determines our hopes for the future.

Thank you, Stephen, for your life devoted to one of encouragement and positivity.

Stephen Covey is a speaker and author, writer of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.  His work focuses primarily on leadership, family and living with principle.  He is a professor at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.  He and his wife, Sandra, have nine children and fifty-two grandchildren.

Expert Social, Business Etiquette Pointers

“Dress well. Groom yourself. Walk and speak more slowly. Don’t slouch. The more you act like the persona you aspire to be, the more likely reality will follow.”
– Lisa Gaché


Lisa Gaché, CEO and Founder of Beverly Hills Manners, is a nationally recognized etiquette expert specializing in lifestyle, entertainment and family. Lisa provides practical solutions for modern day living and helps clients to improve social skills and enhance lives. She has become the credible go-to resource for the media and entertainment community–from dining with decorum to event hosting and red-carpet etiquette. Her tips, tools and guidance are useful for everyone, in every situation.

She was featured in Vanity Fair for her debut book, 24 Karat Etiquette: Golden Rules from the World’s Most Glamorous Zip Code (Skyhorse Publishing). Lisa makes regular appearances on television (The Today Show, Dr. Phil, Anderson Live) and in print (USA Today, Los Angeles Times, New York Post). Lisa is a self-described work-in-progress who balances her brash New York roots with the casual Los Angeles lifestyle. Her gentle humor and a refreshing no-nonsense delivery helps people understand that these skills are not about achieving perfection, but rather, it’s about putting one another at ease and creating an atmosphere of mutual respect.

Lisa’s formal training includes certification as a corporate etiquette and international protocol consultant from the Protocol School of Washington. She resides in Beverly Hills, California, with her husband and two daughters.

Civil Society’s Strength Across the World – Where Are the Hotspots?

What government ranks the highest with staffing and attention to culture? To education? Or health?

You might be a bit surprised!   Come learn where governments are investing their time.

Civil society sector FTE workforce, by field1

The Winners in Culture
Sweden (45.5%), Slovakia (37.0%) and the Czech Republic (35.8%) win out here.

The Winners in Education.
Be proud Pakistanis! They are the top country with devotion to education in the civil sector at 56.6 percent.  Still a long way to go in implementation and progress, but the will is there.  Peru comes next (45.2%) and a no brainer with South Korea (40.5%) where education is deemed a strong part of their culture.

Finally, Health

Japan (37.3%) and the Netherlands (29.5%) win out.


Exciting to see new countries take the lead and help change the world. Let’s support them!

You can start by giving a child the gift of an education!

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Why Being a Volunteer Can Help Run the World

When we think of worth, we often think of our salary. But we neglect to think about how our volunteers service service can actually help run an organization, including the government.

Many people get down on government.  “It’s inefficient!” they cry. And yes, it can be bureaucratic.  But let’s take a closer look if we look at what can done for civil society, if  we also add in important volunteers.

Civil society sector sources of support, with and without volunteers1:

Government with volunteers
Argentina 19.5%
Australia 31.2%
Belgium 76.8%

Government without volunteers
Argentina: 73%
Australia: 62.5%
Belgium: 18.6%

Covered by Philanthropy
Argentina 7.5%
Australia 6.3%
Belgium 4.6%

What a difference. Without volunteers, Argentina’s civil society would be cut nearly in half; Australia would be cut by nearly 2/3rds; and Belgium by nearly 1/5th!

So the next time you aren’t sure your volunteer work is making a difference,  please think again. You might just be helping run the country, one local city at a time.


1. 1995-2000



How Villagers in the Developing World Became Untrapped! Free Someone Today.

“In poor countries these days….billions of people who would be trapped in their villages enjoy the freedom that the bicycle confers to pedal around the town or countryside – to buy, sell, learn and love.” – Emma Duncan


No transportation, except you carrying you.


But something that weighs 23 pounds with a speed of 31 MPH can change your life like that!

And it’s simply as this.


All of a sudden your life is transformed.  You can travel and see a far away friend…

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You can build a business to support your family


You can learn and grow



Bikes change people’s lives.  Help someone Give Freedom Today!  Start today by giving!


Emma Duncan is the Deputy Editor of “The Economist”. She has held several other posts on the paper previously, including Britain Editor, Asia Editor and chief reporter, writer and editor on climate change. She has covered the media business, the Middle East, home affairs, agriculture, commodities and the transport industry and has served as Delhi correspondent, covering India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. She has written special reports for the paper on Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, India, Pakistan and the food industry.

Ms Duncan appears regularly on television and radio programs. She has written widely on a freelance basis, for publications such as the “Times”, “The Sunday Times”, “The Daily Telegraph”, “Vogue”, and “Cosmopolitan”.

In 1988-89, she wrote “Breaking the Curfew” (Michael Joseph), a book on politics, culture and society in the troubled state of Pakistan. She has an honours degree in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University and started her career as a researcher and reporter at Independent Television News. Ms Duncan has three children and lives in London and Suffolk.


“Every Day Is a New Opportunity.” – Bob Feller

“Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.”

–Bob Feller

We can build on your lessons learned, accepting them with joy. How are we growing? How can this experience help me — and help others?

If you just pitched and threw a ball, what did you learn? What adjustments do you need to make in your throw, or in your mindset? And how can you communicate more effectively with your catcher?

Your experiences aren’t just about you. You can take the insights and build a better future.  We don’t just throw yesterday away.  Whatever you learned can help you be a wiser and kinder person. Then, you can improve, as well as encourage others.

Let’s stand strongly on the mound!

Robert William Andrew Feller (November 3, 1918 – December 15, 2010), nicknamed “The Heater from Van Meter“, “Bullet Bob“, and “Rapid Robert“, was an American baseball pitcher who played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cleveland Indians. Feller was born and raised with his sister, Merrilee, in Van Meter, Iowa.  Feller played catch daily with his father. He had learned to throw a curveball by the time he was eight years old, and could throw a ball 270 feet (82 m) when he was nine. To assist his son, Feller senior started growing wheat on his farm, a less labor-intensive crop than corn, to allow his son more time to play baseball.

 A prodigy who bypassed the minor leagues, Feller first played for the Indians at the age of 17. His career was interrupted by four years of military service in World War II, during which time he served as Chief Petty Officer aboard the USS Alabama. Feller became the first pitcher to win 24 games in a season before the age of 21. An eight-time All-Star, Feller was ranked 36th on Sporting News’s list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players and was named the publication’s “greatest pitcher of his time”. He was a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999.

 Upon Feller’s death, a legacy was left behind in the form of The Bob Feller Museum, opened in Van Meter, Iowa on June 10, 1995, along with the renaming of the “Cleveland Indians Man of the Year Award” to the “Bob Feller Man of the Year Award”.