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Every Day We Learn Something new

by Bernie Swain
“Every day, we learn something new.” It is a simple, unassuming bit of advice and one of hundreds of things we are told from time to time, but pay little attention to. And yet, it is the key to our wellbeing and fundamental to our quality of life. To my grandparents, it was second nature. When families gathered and friends met at the dinner table, the corner store or any time two or more of them got together, they told … Continue reading "Every Day We Learn Something new"

Don’t Let Life Get the Best of You with Liz Murray

by Bernie Swain
You can be homeless on the streets of New York or one of the most famous people in the world, life still comes down to recognizing your turning points. In my conversations with Liz Murray while working on my most recent book, What Made Me Who I Am, I found one of the greatest lessons of all: don’t let life get the best of you. Liz shares, “One afternoon I found myself standing outside Hunter College on the Upper East … Continue reading "Don’t Let Life Get the Best of You with Liz Murray"

Eight Years Ago — George Bush’s Last Day in Office

by Bernie Swain
It was Monday January 19, 2009, the last day of his presidency, and George Bush asked if we would stop by the White House. Weeks earlier, George Bush (43) had accepted our offer to represent him and he wanted us to see the Oval Office before his furnishings were replaced with the choices of the new President, Barack Obama. We spent an hour with him on that morning, as he took us around the room and shared with us the … Continue reading "Eight Years Ago — George Bush’s Last Day in Office"

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Open Mind, Open Heart — Lessons for the new Administration of Donald J. Trump

by Bernie Swain
I interviewed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin for my book "What Made Me Who I Am". The turning points in her life are all about keeping an open mind and being willing to be proven wrong. It is a good and important lesson for the new administration of Donald J. Trump. Doris left home after high school to go to Colby College in Maine, and then on to graduate school at Harvard, where she studied government and history. She was interested … Continue reading "Open Mind, Open Heart — Lessons for the new Administration of Donald J. Trump"

We Often See Our Own Turning Points In The Lives Of Others.

by Bernie Swain
An article from OWN’s Lisa Capretto recently caught my eye. In it she says, “In 25 years of hosting “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” Oprah experienced more than a few “aha moments.” But there was one particular life lesson, she says, that’s always stood out from the rest.“It was one man’s definition of forgiveness that changed my life,” Oprah says.” That man was Dr. Gerald G. Jampolsky, and he appeared on an episode of “The Oprah Show” that aired on January … Continue reading "We Often See Our Own Turning Points In The Lives Of Others."