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The Most Powerful Lessons In Life

by Bernie Swain
We receive and absorb good advice and lessons about life and success from countless resources: business executives, thought leaders, and achievers of all kinds. These lessons go a long way to supplying us with the experience and knowledge of others that we can use in our own lives.  A general sampling of those lessons includes (1) lead by example, (2) focus on what is important, (3) be positive, (4) accept failure and adversity as part of learning, and (5) embrace … Continue reading "The Most Powerful Lessons In Life"

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Melody Barnes – A Life That Was Well Lived

by Bernie Swain
As a lawyer and political advisor, Melody Barnes served as an aide and chief counsel to Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy. She also worked on the 2008 Obama campaign and was appointed the Director of Domestic Policy Council. I grew up in Richmond, Virginia. My family was middle-class, and I had a happy childhood. But growing up African-American in the South I was always aware of those who came before me and paved the way. I think about my parents and … Continue reading "Melody Barnes – A Life That Was Well Lived"

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President’s Day — a Day to Celebrate

by Bernie Swain
It may not seem like it now, but President's Day is still a Day to celebrate. President's Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday of every February. Prior to 1971, it was called Washington's Birthday in honor of our first president, George Washington, born February 22, 1732. Today, President's Day celebrates the accomplishments of all presidents. For many, President's Day doesn't seem the same as it has in past years. But, it is still a day for reflection and learning. … Continue reading "President’s Day — a Day to Celebrate"


Honest, tough, unbiased journalism is essential to a healthy democracy

by Bernie Swain
As the White House correspondent for ABC News, Sam Donaldson has had a front row seat to major events of the modern era, from Vietnam and Watergate to Bill Clinton’s Lewinsky scandal and Impeachment hearings. Throughout it all, he held on to  to a lesson learned sitting in front of the family radio, listening to the news reports of World War II: Honest, tough, unbiased journalism is essential to a healthy democracy. I’ve always been fascinated by broadcasting. My mother … Continue reading "Honest, tough, unbiased journalism is essential to a healthy democracy"

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"