July 2022
HERBIE'S HINTS (named after my dad!)

The theme of this newsletter is to be prepared for opportunities known and unknown. With this in mind I share this Herbie and Selma hint.
It was early the morning of my dad’s funeral. I asked my mom, “should I wear make-up even though I will cry it off at the funeral?’ My mom’s response was, “your dad would want you to look your best”.
A few minutes later my sister called. She asked, “should I wear make-up?” I gave her the same answer my mom had given me a few minutes earlier.
My mom definitely thought we should be prepared, to look our best, at all times – even at a funeral.
*She also believed all a women needed was a good purse and a fashionable coat and you could always look your best.
Stay on Your Cutting Edge
Calling all young people under 21 - Join us Friday, July 29 in the pasture for a special edition of our HorseTalk: Lessons in Leadership. The program will begin at 9:00am and end around 12:30pm after lunch – where we will hear from a speaker on fun science facts.
There are two types of people. Those that wait for an opportunity and then hurry and prepare. Those that prepare in life for opportunities unknown!
1. Little Role Becomes Big
In 2009 actor Chris Pratt got a one – time guest role on Parks and Recreation as lovable doofus Andy Dwyer. He parlayed that one time role into becoming a series regular. By 2014 he had a massive year at the movie box office. Since then he has been in the Guardian of the Galaxy and three Jurassic blockbusters.
Lesson Learned: You may know my philosophy that there is no such thing as a little thing or big thing. All things have the potential to be big at any time. It’s not about being ready for a role. It is about being ready for what is both planned and unplanned. Are you ready to leverage every opportunity and maximize it to its fullest?
2. Ready When the Universe Calls
Tim Cook took over Apple’s reins due to the medical condition of Steve Jobs. The industry didn’t have high hopes for his tenure. He increased Apple’s stock price by 75%. Teddy Roosevelt became president when McKinley died in office. Roosevelt is credited with modernizing the presidency, got a bear named after him, and a position on Mt. Rushmore.
Lesson Learned: Shirley MacLaine and Tom Brady, both understudies, were ready when they were asked to be first string. Brady was asked to step up as a rookie, has played in 10 Super Bowls, winning 7. Shirley MacLaine went on to be nominated for 5 Oscars, winning one among other awards. Are you ready to step up today?
3. Honing Skills Before You Need Them
Bill Murray knew how to bowl. This skill helped him land Kingpin, Keanu Reeves got his first role because he could play hockey, Mandy Patinkin knew how to fence before his role in The Princess Bride, Kevin Costner knew how to ride a horse before Dances With Wolves and Yellowstone. Did any of these actors know their skill would be used to audition for a part? 
Lesson Learned:  Not many parts require an experienced fencer! Who knew bowling could land a role with a cult following? You can learn how to sit on a horse in a few days. You can’t really learn how to ride in a few days. Ditto I imagine for most skills. What skill can you hone before you need it?
Leslie in Person

July 22, Communication Workshop at Rubber Division, American Chemical Society

Forum 360 with Leslie as Host
Laboratories of Autocracy:
Guest: David Pepper-former chair of the Ohio Democratic Party and Author
Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind
Guest: Michael J. Leventhal, Executive Director
Speeches Never Delivered in History
Guest: Jeff Nussbaum, Author Undelivered

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Inpatient, immature Benji with little impulse control uses all of his good skills with Natcha.

A friend recently had one of her dogs diagnosed as diabetic. Her other dog has not handled the situation well. The healthy dog bullies the diabetic dog to the point that they have to be separated at all times.
Benji has been so supportive of Natcha: sitting with her while she gets her IV fluid, patient while she takes longer to eat, and happy to accompany her to the vet. Why he knows to call upon his inner angel for her I don’t know. I thought perhaps all dogs would do this when their “sister” was impaired in any way.
The next time I want to yell at Benji for terrorizing a dog at the park or barking in the middle of the night, I need to remember. He is a good little brother and that counts for a lot.
HorseTalk: Lessons in Leadership for Young Leaders
Participants will learn how to grow their confidence, self-esteem, communication skills and even some fun facts about science, etiquette and social media Do’s and Don’ts.
This is a first time and perhaps only-time-experience. We need to have 8 participants to conduct this special event. (Twelve is our maximum number)
One consequence of remote learning and remote living has been a lack of student engagement. Students seem to be reluctant to verbally engage in the classroom. This horse experience addresses this issue because a horse requires engagement!
Young people will see themselves through someone else’s eyes. This someone else just happens to be a horse.
When:  Friday, July 29, 9:00am – 12:30pm lunch included – with a speaker on fun science facts who is a real life scientist!
A horse does not care what grades you have, your title, your popularity or even your age!!!!
A horse is not impressed with whether or not you are in honor society, chess club, or on the basketball team.
* 2 siblings per family
* Cost is $160 per family
* No riding - all work will be from the ground
* No knowledge of horses is required
* Takes place in Richfield, Oh
* Participants will work as a team and receive individual coaching
"I think this is a FABULOUS idea! There really is no class or guidance young adults have like this from a professional! With so many working parents and our busy lifestyles, this is often overlooked but yet the confidence and awareness that our kids need is so important, now more than ever!! The pandemic lockdown has shaped the way we ALL act and react to life challenges-I think this program is KEY to teaching and encouraging our young people!"
Kathy Mullin, Executive Assistant   Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce

Email us at [email protected] for further information or to RSVP to one of our events.

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