Saturday, April 21, 2012


As they say, "I'm curling up for a nap...or something." I'll catch up with you soon, but until then, a few of my favorite posts, honoring people who have made a difference in my life. If you're new to The Marmelade Gypsy, I hope you'll take a few minutes to meet some people who mean a good deal to me -- and may inspire you, too.

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My Friend Sharon -- The Most Amazing Woman I Know
April 2011

(Before you read my post or listen to Sharon's TEDx talk HERE, you may want to read this short article by Sharon's husband, John Schneider, who wrote about her talk. You'd love 'em both.

Sharon Emery and John Schneider
From April 2011...

Over the winter holidays, Rick and I went to see "The King's Speech."

If you didn't know about it already, you surely know about it now, with a stash of Oscars, all well-deserved, for telling the story of King George V and how he conquered his stutter.

The film opens with the then-Prince Albert (Colin Firth) preparing to make a speech in front of an enormous stadium crowd. He is clearly frightened before he begins and when he speaks, his stutter is halting, challenged.

The woman sitting behind me in the theatre started to giggle. She kept giggling throughout the opening. I turned around and gave her the dirtiest look I know and decided if she didn't shut up, I'd say something. As I did, I thought, "If my friend Sharon was here, I'm not sure that woman would stand a chance!"

Fortunately, she stopped laughing.

But did the film make an impact on her? Would she laugh again?

She would be well advised to listen to my friend Sharon. And you can, too, in this fourteen-minute video of her speech at the recent TEDx Lansing. Listen HERE (It's about 18 minutes)

A little bit about Sharon before you start. I've known her for a number of years now as part of my great group of women (which I call the GGs). When I met her, she was an editor at Booth Newspapers Lansing bureau. She moved on to be a vice-president at TruscottRossman, one of our area's best known public relations firms focusing on policy. This is a woman who deals with high-profile and issues on a daily basis. And when she's not doing that for work, she is warm, funny, and giving.

Sharon Emery has a lot to say.

Sometimes it just takes her a little longer to say it. She chooses her words carefully. We should all take a lesson from her on that one.

I hope you will find time to listen to this and to share with others who could benefit from Sharon's words (couldn't we all) -- or to those who might find inspiration from them.
Thanks, Sharon. You inspire me every day.


anno said...

A favorite ... thanks for the reminder!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Oo, this post still stands out in my mind. What a wonderful woman. And that movie was SUCH a great movie!!!!

Dr. Kathy McCoy said...

Sharon really is amazing -- and what a great role model for all: to tackle everything some might think impossible for her -- newspaper reporting, teaching, public relations -- and triumph! I loved her TED talk and also the article by her husband. Sbe's high on the list of people I wish I could know better!

joyce said...

I love that movie....I'm a fan of all info about the older royals to begin with, and I just bought that one a couple of weeks for 10 bucks(which in Canada is a steal!).
But Jeanie, I can't imagine you giving anyone a dirty look!

Retired English Teacher said...

What a neat lady, and she is very beautiful too. I will be back to listen to her talk. I am short on time, but I will make it back to listen to your friend.

Bella Rum said...

Thank you for the link. What an inspiration she is and entertaining and informative. One of my biggest phobias is public speaking. I thought about how ironic that is while I was watching her hold the audience in the palm of her hand. Wonderful.

Marilyn said...

I have listened to her talk on TED and it was amazing.

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