Blessings in Boston

Blessings in Boston

First Responders are nothing short of heroic, always.

Runners continue to run towards the finish line of the Boston Marathon as an explosion erupts near the finish line of the race in this photo exclusively licensed to Reuters by photographer Dan Lampariello after he took the photo in Boston, Massachusetts, April 15, 2013. Two simultaneous explosions ripped through the crowd at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing at least two people and injuring dozens on a day when tens of thousands of people pack the streets to watch the world famous race.  REUTERS EXCLUSIVE Mandatory Credit REUTERS/Dan Lampariello  (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SPORT ATHLETICS) MANDATORY CREDIT - RTXYN2Q

Runners continue to run towards the finish line of the Boston Marathon as an explosion erupts near the finish line of the race in this photo exclusively licensed to Reuters by photographer Dan Lampariello after he took the photo in Boston, Massachusetts, April 15, 2013. Two simultaneous explosions ripped through the crowd at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing at least two people and injuring dozens on a day when tens of thousands of people pack the streets to watch the world famous race. Credit REUTERS/Dan Lampariello

Everyone saw them in action yesterday in Boston. What we don’t always see is the work they do each and every day.

Thank you alone is inadequate. Bless You First Responders, and thank you for what you do every single day.

Thank heavens for the Boston police, Massachusetts State Troopers, bomb crews, police dogs, firefighters, National Guard, medical personnel; the FBI, ATF and all the courageous people who stepped in, without regard for their own safety, to help the wounded. May they all be blessed.

May the wounded and grieving be blessed with comfort and surrounded with love. And may they, and those who love them, find the courage to cope.

May the world be healed so horrific acts such as what happened in Boston yesterday, and what many people experience every day, STOP! Let us all petition to the higher power we respect that our world be healed.

Let us all be like the people of Boston who ran into the chaos to help in any way they could. These Good Samaritans took strangers into their homes where they housed, fed, clothed and comforted their fellow men, women and children.

May the good people everywhere triumph!

Red Cross Girl Stories for Pritzker!

Red Cross Girl Stories for Pritzker!

pritzker military libraryThe most exciting invitation to speak has recently been issued by the Pritzker Military Library in Chicago, Illinois. I will present readings from my book Destination Unknown, Adventures of a WWII American Red Cross Girl, at the Pritzker on April 26th.

Here’s how the Library is described on it’s website: “The Pritzker Military Library is a non-partisan research library that attempts to increase the public understanding of military history and the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served. Since opening in 2003, the Library has hosted over 300 events featuring the country’s most acclaimed authors, historians, journalists, and scholars.”

Not only am I thrilled and deeply honored to have been invited to speak at the Pritzker Military Library, I am thrilled and honored for my mother, whose story I tell. In my mother’s lifetime her picture and story became part of the permanent collection of the Women In Military Service for America Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery (http://www.womensmemorial.org). She was so proud to have been included in the Memorial; I just wish she was alive to hear herself spoken about at the Pritzker Military Library. She’d be over the moon!

Reservations are available for my April 26th presentation on the Pritzker Military Library website.

I’ll be signing books after the talk and would love to welcome friends to visit the Library and be in the audience!

Available on Amazon

Available on Amazon

What’s Better than Good News?

What’s Better than Good News?

Close to nothing!  That’s what I say; good news is a shot in the arm for everyone.  A motivator par excellence.

This week brought several pieces of good news for me.  Whoo Hoo!

First, my book, Destination Unknown, Adventures of a WWII American Red Cross Girl (amazon.com) received its first professional review and it was wonderful.  In “Kirkus Reviews” the book was described as, “A fresh, rarely seen perspective on life during wartime.”  The reviewer also said, “Endearingly, the story lacks any pretense to bigness.”  And, “…a readable, often charming path from rural Minnesota to East Coast training and to following in the footsteps of the U.S. Army in North Africa, eventually onward to occupied Italy.”

The entire review can be read a www.kirkusreviews.com. Plug in my name, Kathleen Cox, on the search bar and you’ll go right to it.

Then, through the power of networking the book was introduced to the National D-Day Memorial Foundation in Bedford, Virginia.  It can now be purchased in the National D-Day Memorial gift shop.

Last but not least I reached a personal goal and qualified to become a member of the National Speakers Association (www.nsaspeaker.org).  I’ve joined NSA and two NSA Chapters:  New England and New York City.  Been to both chapter meetings and each time heard great speakers and was inspired for what I’m doing in my own career as an Inspirational Storyteller + Humorist.

Good news is good news!  It’s fun to share and even more fun to receive!!

Meeting a Legend

Meeting a Legend

Senator Robert F. (Bob) Dole

Majority Leader of the United States Senate, Gerald Ford’s Vice Presidential running mate, Republican party presidential nominee, Senator from Kansas for 27 years, war hero, recipient of two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star for valor during World War II.  Senator Dole is an American legend.

Kathie Cox meets Bob Dole in Washington, D.C.

What do you do when seated in a plush, Washington, D.C. law office, across the desk from a legend?  We chatted.  He told me about the pictures that covered his wall:  The entire United States Senate holding a huge sign that wished him well in retirement.  Their signatures and personal sentiments surrounded the photograph.  Pictures of his family and their 13-year-old Miniature Schnauzer, Leader.

We chatted about a recent birthday party he and Mrs. Dole held for Leader in their Watergate home.  “Oh yes,” Senator Dole responded, “17 dogs and not a single fight!”  He said they were animal lovers, I told him I was too.  I shared a story about our Golden Retriever who was best friends with a goat.  Told him the pair often took to the street and headed for town.  Not the thing to do in a Westchester County, NY town, especially not for the new daughter-in-law of prominent residents.

I told him how honored I was to meet him, and how I had once wanted to become a United States ambassador.  I said I hadn’t factored in a little thing called the Foreign Service Exam, or the glass ceiling that was a 1967 reality.  So,” I explained, “I joined Pan Am thinking somewhere, on some flight, I would find an ambassador who would offer me a job.”  It happened I told him; I did have an ambassador on one of my flights.  Just as I was about to mention my degree in political science and international relations and mention that I’d like to work in an embassy the plane hit a clear-air pocket and dropped 500 feet.  The dinner I was serving landed smack on the ambassador’s lap!  Not a good introduction for a potential job applicant.  The Senator raised his eyebrows and chuckled.

Senator Dole is a kind, delightful man; I still can’t believe my good fortune to have been invited to meet with him.  That invitation resulted from having met his personal attorney at the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle Summit in June.  She asked if I had sent the Senator a copy of my book, Destination Unknown, Adventures of a WWII American Red Cross Girl?   Through her I sent an autographed copy that resulted in the invitation to Washington.

We never know where life’s twists and turns will lead.

The Tiffany Circle experience came from a having met Moe Rouse, the speaker at a women’s club meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio.  When she was introduced her philanthropic work for the American Red Cross was highlighted.  I made a beeline for her after the speech.

Kathleen and First Lady of Quebec Michele Dionne

Moe opened the door for me to bring my books to the Tiffany Circle Summit and to be one of two featured authors at the book-signing event.  The other was the First Lady of Quebec, Michele Dionne.  It was at the book signing that I met Senator Dole’s attorney.

That’s why it’s so important to always be open to possibilities.  They can sneak up on you anytime, anywhere and often in the most improbable of ways.

Look what can happen, you might meet an American legend!

Meet Noted authors….

Meet Noted authors….

Come for a book-signing event and meet

Noted authors Madame Michele Dionne and Kathleen Cox!

Does it get any better than this?

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. OPTIONAL: MEET THE AUTHORS
Business Attire | Hospitality Suite at the Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C.
Come to the Hospitality Suite for a book-signing event and to meet noted authors Madame Michele Dionne and Kathleen Cox!
www.tiffanycirclesummit.org

When my book was selected for the Red Cross Boutique at the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle Summit in Washington, D.C. from June 1 – 3, I couldn’t believe my good fortune.  When asked to participate in their Meet the Authors event I thought how very nice it was of the Red Cross to invite me.  And considered myself lucky indeed.

When I looked at the Tiffany Circle agenda and realized that I was one of two Meet the Authors and the other was Quebec’s First Lady, Madame Michele Dionne, I hadn’t realized how extraordinarily lucky I am!  Thanks to an incredible lady named Moe Rouse.  If you read my previous blog entitled Find Your Champion you know about Moe.

My mother must be dancing in Heaven.  Here’s a book filled with stories about her adventures as a World War II American Red Cross Girl and her daughter, at the prestigious Tiffany Circle Summit.  Yes, that’s right, the name Kathleen Cox is right there on the same page as Madame Michele Dionne.
I’m sure you’ll recognize the names of the Summit’s featured speakers and entertainer:

  • Former First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Laura Bush.
  • Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael G. Mullen,
  • American Red Cross President and Chief Executive, Gail J. McGovern,
  • Laura Liswood, Secretary General, Council of Women World Leaders,
  • White House correspondent Ann Compton and
  • two-time Grammy Award nominee, Jo Dee Messina.

I think my name fits right in there, don’t you?  Here’s how Madame Dionne and I have been introduced.

Missions (by Michele Dionne)
Missions reveals to the public a lesser-known side of the highly committed woman that is Michèle Dionne.  Michèle Dionne offers more than a hundred candid photographs taken by her as well as moving narratives of her daily experiences as a Canadian Red Cross, Quebec Division volunteer.

She presents a deeply personal view of the world gained through nine missions that took her from Nicaragua to Honduras, from India to Madagascar, from China to Liberia and from Ukraine to Haiti. Through the faces of the women, men and children presented in this album, Michèle Dionne pays tribute to life; a life that is sometimes difficult and fragile, but over which hope, strength and desire for a better tomorrow are triumphant.

This album is also a genuine statement of admiration for the work done by Red Cross volunteers who are the heart and soul of this great humanitarian enterprise.

Destination Unknown: Adventures of a WWII American Red Cross Girl (by LeOna Cox + Kathleen Cox)
In 1943, 27-year-old LeOna Kriesel was asked if she would interview for a position with the American Red Cross Club Service Program. Her reply was, “Will I? You bet I will!”

LeOna trained in Washington, D.C.; boarded a troop ship, one of 1,300 soldiers and 400 women, and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to Destination Unknown. Ten days latter the ship sailed into the exotic Port of Casablanca, Morocco.  From Casablanca LeOna rode a train across North Africa to Constantine, Algeria where she managed a Red Cross club for Enlisted Men.

Kathleen Cox wrote Destination Unknown from a collection of letters her mother, LeOna, wrote from 1943 – 1945. Kathleen is a public speaker, really a storyteller, who shares her mother’s letters with audiences.

Okay everybody; wish me luck!

Here’s the Question

Here’s the Question

Here’s the question: “will writing a script for Bo Derek turn me into a TEN?” I really hope so because I’d give just about anything to be free of Gayla the Pilates Nazi! (just teasing Gayla!)

Ramon Becerra

Bo will be Mistress of Ceremonies for this year’s Del Mar National Horse Show Night of the Horse, on April 21st at the Del Mar (California) Fairgrounds . She agreed to do the show because she’s a very good friend of Ramon Becerra, horseman to the stars. Lucky for me Ramon is also a friend of mine so when I asked if he would like to put this year’s show together he agreed.

We’ll have a unique gathering of talent that features:

  • a horse that trains dogs (no kidding!)
  • tiny miniature horses that perform the high leaps and maneuvers of the world-famous Lipizzans
  • trick riders and ropers (who have been invited to perform for Queen Elizabeth in June)
  • dressage freestyle
  • a reining pas de deux
  • daredevils on horseback (think fast!)
  • plus Mexican Escaramusa riders (also think fast!) and
  • Folklorico dancers

Astride his Andalusian horse, a 13-year-old singing sensation will sing the National Anthem. Doesn’t it sound like fun?

It has been my privilege to co-produce and direct Night of the Horse for the last 14 years. The Del Mar team is first rate, the facility is fantastic and the audience loves a good show. Join us, we promise you a real good time!

Rainbow Riders

Escaramuza