Lee Woodruff

SPEAKER – AUTHOR – MEDIA TRAINER

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North Shore Mom with a Rocker’s Heart

Val Haller was always the cool kid on the block.  Literally.  With four young boys and a backyard ice rink, Val’s house was where kids and adults congregated, like a giant tailgate party.  Twenty years later, Val’s house is still the place to be, but for altogether different reasons.  I’ll get to that in a moment. Our family lived down the street and  ...

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The Death of Civility

It was the end of an “embrace the suck” kind of day. I blew a gasket at our house painter, who had worked my last nerve after four weeks, breaking a window, destroying part of the lawn and splattering more paint on the glass and deck than to the exterior of the house. I’d heard a million excuses, but not one “I’m sorry.” Riding the train into New York  ...

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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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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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Glassybaby

Lung cancer.  That will stop a conversation.  More than any of the frightening medical diagnoses, that one seems extra ominous.  Someone utters the words “lung cancer” and I think of devastating, almost insurmountable odds.   At the age of 32, that’s what Lee Rhodes was told when she learned that her worrisome  ...

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A Remarkable Person

Things come in bunches.  And so this spring was a season of loss when first a friend passed away, then my mother-in-law, and finally another extraordinary woman, whom I actually only met three times in person, but who impacted the world in important and aspirational ways. The remarkable Helen Persson was 95 years old when she died.  And  ...

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The War Bike

There’s a butterfly scar on my left knee that I refer to as my war injury.  It’s the legacy of a spectacular crash into a metal telephone pole support, while riding what my sisters and I fondly called “The War Bike.”    The War Bike had been my mother’s childhood transportation in the years following World  ...

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Living His Art

The first time I met acclaimed artisan Barney Bellinger, he was walking in my sister’s house with a school kid’s grin and a big basket of mushrooms.   “I just found these oysters on the tree behind your shed,” he asked causally.  “There are tons of them. How about if I cook them up for the dinner?”  ...

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FEVER BLISTERS AND EX BOYFRIENDS

Picture this:  I’m about to see my college boyfriend for the first time in 15 years.  I’m flying into his town for a book talk and will be staying at his house.  That’s right.  With his wife and kids.  He’s picking me up at the airport now and we’re triangulating where to meet via cell phone.   ...

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Marital Checklist

The run up to Valentines Day offers eternal love for couples.  Flowers, chocolates, hearts– even birds chirping for those lucky few.  But the reality of any relationship is hard work.  And not everyone is going to hit every box on the marital check list.  Sometimes the reality isn’t quite as sexy, but being there for the  ...

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