Lee Woodruff

SPEAKER – AUTHOR – MEDIA TRAINER

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TRIBUTE TO MY DAD

For those of you who never met my Dad, or who knew him only in the last few years when Alzheimer’s had a vice grip on his life, I wanted to share a little something of David F. McConaughy. He was married to my mother, Terry, for 58 years and was a father for just shy of 55. He was the last generation of an industrial era, working his way up one company  ...

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Power of Hair Lost &Found

For anyone who has battled cancer, lost to cancer, kicked cancer’s butt, slow-danced with cancer, supported a loved one with cancer and wanted to see the flower grow out of the crack in the cement sidewalk… well, if cancer is the dark crack…my friend Sandy, and her band of volunteers, are the beautiful flowers. Look what one idea can do to spread  ...

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Into the Blues

During the winter months, when the thermometer hovers below “chilly” and the sky turns metallic, I have to dig a little deeper for my joy.   This stretch of calendar feels trip-wired for small bombs of worry and valleys of melancholy.   Going about my day, the blues sift around in the background, like a mist or vapor.  But at 3:30 AM,  they puff up into  ...

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The Gift of an Uncool Mom

My mother’s idea of a beauty regimen is Ivory soap and a slash of red lipstick.  She’s a frugal Yankee sort, never one to pore over the NYT style section or spend time gazing in mirrors, sucking in her cheeks and tummy.  I routinely find her wearing — and I kid you not — clothes I discarded in high school. It’s important to point out here that I am 54  ...

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ON THE EVE OF FATHER’S DAY – A FATHER’S DEDICATION

At a certain point in life, all of us will experience loss, grief and disappointment. We will all be tested, all end up downstream or upstream of where we set out to sail. The truth about life is that none of us truly has our hands on the script. It’s not possible to rewind the tape; no matter how much time we spend fantasizing about it with our head in  ...

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The Gift of Girlfriends

No MaTTER WHAT LIFE bRINGS, i KNOW WHO i CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON. “I don’t have breast cancer,” I sobbed in relief as I hung up with my doctor. Ten bewildered faces turned to look at me. My best friends hadn’t even known cancer was a possibility. Our college gang gets together every other year, and during a recent girls’ weekend I’d vowed to wait it  ...

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CONSCIOUS UNCOUPLING

THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE CONSCIOUS UNCOUPLING When I first read about Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s “Conscious Uncoupling,” I guess I wasn’t surprised.  The Paul Newman/Joanne Woodward long-haul marriages seem the absolute exception to the Hollywood rule.  Most every celebrity coupling today seems to have a shelf life of about one or two kids. No  ...

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Website Refresh-And A Giveaway Contest Too!

Giveaway starts today, March 5th It was high time for a website makeover and the long winter days, giant snow drifts and cold temps provided me the perfect time to do it. Let me know what you think! To enter the Giveaway CLICK HERE.       leewoodruff.com     facebook.com/leemwoodruff   twitter.com/leeMWoodruff

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NEW YEAR – NEW SITE

In the coming months, I’ll continue to write about some of my favorite themes: friendship, marriage, parenting, girlfriends, caregiving, juggling and those in-an-instant life-changing moments – good and bad – that make up our perfectly imperfect lives. But heading into 2014, one thing was crystal clear. It was time for a fresh look. My website was  ...

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