Saturday, January 27, 2007

Denver voters need to fill out their ballots on 1A and return them by
January 30 to one of the locations listed on the ballot.

I'll be voting yes, because I think the change is an important first step
towards better elections in Colorado. The Rocky Mountain News agrees:
Paste and copy to your browser:,2777,DRMN_23964_5299158,00.html

Here's my letter to the Denver Post refuting the lies that are being told
by political insiders, the power elite who want to maintain the status quo:

I understand the mayor is very upset that it looks like 1A has a good chance of passing, it will greatly undermine his powers to have an elected rather than appointed clerk & recorder on his cabinet & running the elections. Bad for Mayor J-Hic, good for the grassroots in my opinion.

Please vote if you haven't already and encourage your Denver friends to do the
same by forwarding this email along. Thanks!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The Art of laughter
Linkletter, at 94, works his magic with the audience at the Nixon Library.
The Orange County Register

YORBA LINDA – The audience erupted in laughter as Art Linkletter, 94, told stories of an earlier era.

"Each morning, if you want to give yourself a laugh, get out of bed, go in front of a mirror and take off your nightgown," Linkletter told the crowd.

On Tuesday, hundreds of people packed the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace auditorium to listen to anecdotes from Linkletter, who hosted the long-running family television show "House Party."

He stopped by to promote his newest book, "How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life," which was released in July.

The book talks about making the most of one's later years.

One piece of advice – laugh.

Linkletter made sure that happened Tuesday.

You know you're getting old "when someone compliments your new 'gator shoes and you're barefoot," Linkletter said.

His audience, mostly senior citizens, howled.

"It was absolutely marvelous; it takes me back," said Mary Hill, 83, of Fullerton who joined friend Frieda Fluck, 88, for the program and book signing. "It makes me feel good."

Jan Charles Gray, 59, a radio station owner who appeared on Linkletter's show in 1954, flew from Custer, S.D., to see Linkletter and conduct business.

"Everyone should try to find out what his secret is and bottle it up," Gray said.

On his show, Linkletter would ask children questions and get funny responses.

Linkletter is the second to make an appearance at the Richard Nixon Library's "In Conversation" program. The new series brings in noted speakers and entertainers to give library guests perspective about the 1960s and 1970s.

Sue McDougall, 67, of Yorba Linda pulled out her scrapbook. She had kept the original paperwork telling her she would be on the show in 1945.

"He is so witty, he hasn't lost a thing," said McDougall after she and her husband, Mac, 69, got their books signed.

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Julie Aigner-Clark from Colorado sat by First Lady Lara Bush last night. I've invited her to join us at an IDEA Cafe to share her startup experience.

Who is she? This is from an interview with Julie in August, 2000 on

Julie Aigner-Clark is the founder of The Baby Einstein Company, an organization that produces developmental media designed to engage babies and very young children in the arts. With a wide range of products from videos to flash cards, Baby Einstein items encourage learning by fostering interaction between baby and parent. From its inception in 1997, the company grew into a multimillion-dollar home-based corporation receiving national media attention and accolades from its users (and their parents!). In November 2001, Baby Einstein became part of The Walt Disney Company and is now a leader in infant devleopment media including DVDs, videos, music CDs, books and toys.

How did you first come up with the idea for Baby Einstein?Believe it or not, when I stopped working when I was six months pregnant, I had no intention of going back to work. I was planning to be a stay at home mom! I was really committed to the mommy-thing. If this was going to be my new job, I was going to be the best I could be! My background is 'humanities' and the arts. Before having kids, I was a middle school and high school arts teacher. When my daughter was born, I started taking her to museums and places like that. But it wasn't very engaging to her or to me! And then I started thinking, "Am I the only mom who wants to develop the love of humanities and fine arts in her children?" So, the idea for Baby Einstein was born.

How did an "idea" turn into actuality?It took me until my daughter was about 18 months old to really start to put my ideas into action. I wanted to help mothers (and myself) spend quality time with their babies while exposing them to new cultural, musical, and artistic experiences. So, with no videography experience, I borrowed a friend's video equipment and started filming my first video in the basement of our home. My husband and I financed this project ourselves -- it cost about $18,000 to develop, design and package our first video, money that we took from our savings.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Pres. Bush's State of the Union address tonight concluded with these words:

The greatest strength we have is the heroic kindness, courage, and self sacrifice of the American people. You see this spirit often if you know where to look - and tonight we need only look above to the gallery.

Dikembe Mutombo grew up in Africa, amid great poverty and disease. He came to Georgetown University on a scholarship to study medicine - but Coach John Thompson got a look at Dikembe and had a different idea. Dikembe became a star in the NBA, and a citizen of the United States. But he never forgot the land of his birth - or the duty to share his blessings with others. He has built a brand new hospital in his hometown. A friend has said of this good hearted man: "Mutombo believes that God has given him this opportunity to do great things." And we are proud to call this son of the Congo our fellow American.

After her daughter was born, Julie Aigner-Clark searched for ways to share her love of music and art with her child. So she borrowed some equipment, and began filming children's videos in her basement. The Baby Einstein Company was born - and in just five years her business grew to more than $20 million in sales. In November 2001, Julie sold Baby Einstein to the Walt Disney Company, and with her help Baby Einstein has grown into a $200 million business. Julie represents the great enterprising spirit of America. And she is using her success to help others - producing child safety videos with John Walsh of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Julie says of her new project: "I believe it's the most important thing that I've ever done. I believe that children have the right to live in a world that is safe." We are pleased to welcome this talented business entrepreneur and generous social entrepreneur - Julie A igner-Clark.

Three weeks ago, Wesley Autrey was waiting at a Harlem subway station with his two little girls, when he saw a man fall into the path of a train. With seconds to act, Wesley jumped onto the tracks ... pulled the man into a space between the rails ... and held him as the train passed right above their heads. He insists he's not a hero. Wesley says: "We got guys and girls overseas dying for us to have our freedoms. We got to show each other some love." There is something wonderful about a country that produces a brave and humble man like Wesley Autrey.

Tommy Rieman was a teenager pumping gas in Independence, Kentucky, when he enlisted in the United States Army. In December 2003, he was on a reconnaissance mission in Iraq when his team came under heavy enemy fire. From his Humvee, Sergeant Rieman returned fire - and used his body as a shield to protect his gunner. He was shot in the chest and arm, and received shrapnel wounds to his legs - yet he refused medical attention, and stayed in the fight. He helped to repel a second attack, firing grenades at the enemy's position. For his exceptional courage, Sergeant Rieman was awarded the Silver Star. And like so many other Americans who have volunteered to defend us, he has earned the respect and gratitude of our whole country.

In such courage and compassion, ladies and gentlemen, we see the spirit and character of America - and these qualities are not in short supply. This is a decent and honorable country - and resilient, too. We have been through a lot together. We have met challenges and faced dangers, and we know that more lie ahead. Yet we can go forward with confidence - because the State of our Union is strong ... our cause in the world is right ... and tonight that cause goes on.

Let's all do our part now!
Vote Yes in Denver.
My letter in today's Denver Post:

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