Peggy Noonan

15 for 15: Peggy Noonan

2017-08-18T13:19:56-04:00March 6th, 2009|Dare Dream Do, Personal|

15 for 15 is shorthand for -- 15 people that I'd like to interview for 15 minutes. Will I ever get to interview Peggy Noonan? Though the odds are higher than they were given that I've said out loud, and in a public forum, that I'd like to interview her, it is highly unlikely. Nor is it necessary to our 'daring to dream'.

Mentoring for a Moment

2017-08-18T13:19:58-04:00October 9th, 2007|Dare Dream Do, Personal|

In late August, lovely Barbara Torris responded to my question -- "Who are your heros? Imagine her surprise when, last week, Russell Kirsch, the man who invented the square pixel in cameras, and taught computers how to "see" -- a man who is one of her heros -- called Barbara to thank her for the comments she'd made on her blog. There was something quite wonderful about their interchange. When Barbara wrote about Russell Kirsch, wasn't she giving a gift of her self? When Russell Kirsch responded to Barbara Torris, wasn't he receiving her gift? Gift given, gift received. Yes, yes -- but if feels like there's something more....

What I’ve Learned by Identifying My Heroes

2017-08-18T13:19:59-04:00August 13th, 2007|Dare Dream Do, Personal|

Writing about my heros (which you can find at the bottom of this post) was indeed revelatory. Here's why: 1) I was surprised by how much my heros have changed over time -- from Bewitched's Samantha to Peggy Noonan? 2) It was also interesting to observe that my childhood heros were imaginary. A reminder just how much children identify with the imaginary, magical world. I clearly watched television as a child, and most would consider me a functioning contributing member of society. Who were your heros as a child? Who are they today? How have they changed? 2) My heros have played a greater role in who I've become than I would have predicted prior to this exercise. Example A: The fact that I so admired Samantha and Shirley Partridge as a young girl makes it a lot less surprising that I care about mothering well, my many years of "not wanting to have kids yet" notwithstanding.