A Special Friend

Humor Power

She was active on our club board and had recently qualified for the District 33 Speech Evaluation Contest in Fresno this November. . ” Pam added smiles to my life. You probably recognize the name of Pam Shinkle. I’ve written about her often in my blog posts. Pam died unexpectedly at her home in Las Vegas earlier this week. She was a member of our PowerHouse Pros Toastmasters club. She attended our meeting last week. Pam had a great sense of humor.

Commencement Speeches 2011: The best. and the rest


First, some of the best in no particular order: Robert Cargill, Fresno City College. She doesn’t make it a “Sheryl Sandberg” speech or a “Facebook” speech or a product ad (unlike Steve Ballmer of Microsoft who clumsily dropped in references to Microsoft products in his talk at the University of Southern California ). The familiar refrains of “Pomp and Circumstance” have faded. Mortar boards and gowns have been carefully folded and put away.

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