I’VE BEEN BUSY lately. Every day or two, I take some time to sort through the items that defined my parents’ lives: files, old documents – Russia, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, USA – yellowed deeds to properties long sold, faded photographs, birth certificates. My father’s diploma for an apprenticeship as a furrier, completed. A letter [...]
“WE ARE IN the ISIS era.” Houzan Mohammed, a Kurdish woman who is a representative of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, made that proclamation at the recent Feminism in London conference. She was on a panel of four feminists called, “Unlikely Allies: Religious Fundamentalism and the British State,” that focused on the connection [...]
NOW THAT I’M a bit more settled in, I wanted to take this time to introduce myself. My name is Melanie Breault –pronounced “bro,” and yes, that is for real, and no, I am not a “bro,” – and I am the new Web Editor and Social Media person for Sandi Klein’s Conversations with Creative Women! I really can’t express how excited I am about [...]
A FEW YEARS ago on the eve of retirement, I decided to try my hand at filmmaking. I should add that I had no training in film, just a sudden desire to see if I could do it. As it turned out, this was the start of a new vocation in documentary film and with it came a sense of renewal and growth. As a college professor for 30 years, I had spent [...]
DID YOU KNOW that one of the easiest ways to eat healthy is to cook at home? And when you cook at home you can typically make better choices about what and how much to eat and drink. It can also be fun and a way for you to spend time with the family (USDA, Let’s Move Into the Kitchen), something to surely consider with the holiday season [...]
When the movie “Almost Famous” came out in 2000 I was the first rock chick at the screening. I imagined the reality of my life was somewhere between the characters of the nerdy rock journalist and Penny Lane, the cool groupie who saw herself more as a “Band Aid” than a girlfriend. “Aw, man. You made friends with them. See, friendship is the [...]
I GUESS I have always been a storyteller. Even as a child, I loved listening to my family talk about the ‘old days’ and then I’d retell those stories with my own twists and emphasis. In the South, storytelling is a part of family bonding. So, while it was not the initial plan, it is no surprise that I ended up telling stories [...]
I HAVE FOUND that when I have a dream, it seems all I need to do is share it with the universe and it comes true. This really happened to me, but I should also mention the part about working my tail off and having a lot of chutzpah. Case in point. In 2012 I wanted to start a food business. I had studied art in college. I was also a [...]
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We were born for reinvention — to remake our lives, to bring back and revive our true purpose and potential. We are here to be changed and to make change, not remain static. If you are feeling the urge to reinvent, here is some inspiration from five powerful women in business who reinvented their careers and lives.