Post-Gasoline Angst: I used gallons and gallons for day trip to Rhode Island

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  I put $50 of gasoline in before I headed out of Connecticut on I-95 to Rhode Island.  At $4.19 a gallon here in New Haven, Connecticut, gasoline has become a campaign issue. 

Summer 2013: Bring your ice skates to the Jersey Shore, Westerly, Rhode Island

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

I have to assume that the parking lots in Westerly, Rhode Island are not full. Angst about global warming has mutated into spiraling commercial concern about the implications of global cooling.    This Memorial Day weekend the hospitality industry got it between the eyes with the sudden frost in the northeast. 

Interview: Wendy Hanson – Sassy Lady

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Pro-Track Profile Wendy recently moved from Rhode Island to Northern California and took the opportunity to enroll in the NSA/NC Pro-Track program. Wendy Hanson helps startups and legacy companies act more aggressively, create more accountability and be more innovative. By shifting the culture, she helps teams communicate more clearly and work with focus. As an entrepreneur, Wendy loves helping other women entrepreneurs.

"That Depends" - Pivot from Certainty

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" In a school of zen headquartered in Rhode Island, the meditation mantra is: Clear Thinking, Don't Know.  America has been humbled. We were certain the way to beat average returns was through hedge funds. We knew who was going to win this election. Hollywood Golden Couple Angelina and Brad would grow old together like Bogie and Bacall.    That kind of absolute certainty gives way to the lawyerly phrase "That Depends."

Famous Speech Friday: Actress Viola Davis: "What keeps me in the business is hope"

The Eloquent Woman

They'd dress up and play with an air tea set and pretend to be famous Hollywood actresses leading glamorous lives, even though they lived in a threadbare apartment in deep poverty in Rhode Island.

Talk to Connect

The Communication Blog

She is a certified birth and postpartum doula as well as childbirth educator and Certified Lactation Counselor, serving families in Rhode Island. She is the Co-Founder and Co-President of Doulas of Rhode Island, a past DONA International Northeast Regional Director and she volunteers with Families First RI. Here is a guest post written by Leah DeCesare.

Ronan Farrow, et al. - Being "Threatened" BigBrand Builder

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  When I was blogging the Rhode Island lead paint trial (November 2005 - February 2006), I received an email threat to stop mentioning a judge in Pennsylvania. Ronan Farrow has embraced investigative journalism.

The Ocean: Place bets there, whether a creative or real estate agent

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

However, with magical thinking I did go to Westerly, Rhode Island to price real estate. Of course, the Jersey Shore is back.   Here's the coverage from The New York Times.  A safe bet is on the ocean. That applies whether we're a creative like W.B.

Buddy Cianci Was Voice Of Experience - But That Experience Also Involved Prison

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In Providence, Rhode Island, Buddy Cianci's campaign meme was:  experience.  But in Rhode Island, Cianci remains iconic.   Maybe that was a mistake. After all his experience included time in the slammer.

Public Nuisance Lawsuits, The People, and Politics

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Some lawyers may recall how the Rhode Island lead paint public nuisance class action litigation went through two trials and then a review by the state Supreme Court.

Lincoln Chafee - That He Ran For U.S. President Will Be First Line In His Obituary

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Probably, at his age, the game of running for office is over for this former governor of Rhode Island. Iconoclast politico Lincoln Chafee has dropped out of the campaign to become U.S. President.

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Buddy Cianci: Ultimate role model for coming back big

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Former mayor of Providence, Rhode Island and ex-con, Buddy Cianci has been voted "Best Radio Personality" by THE PROVIDENCE PHOENIX. The reason why, explains PHOENIX, is "personality."

School for Scandal - Choate Rosemary Hall

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

George's prep school in Rhode Island. These are the kinds of allegations which upscale publication Vanity Fair frequently turns into a cover story: At an elite New England prep school, 12 former faculty members and staff have been accused of sexual crimes against students.

Lincoln Chafee Enters Campaign 2016 As Democrat - Guy Is Survivor

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Lincoln Chafee , the protean former governor of Rhode Island, has announced he is in. Should Hillary Clinton be shaking in her boots? Maybe. This time as a Democrat. He has been known for other party affiliations.

Roman Catholic Portsmouth Abbey Boarding School - Credible Evidence of Sex Abuse by Monks

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The institution is a Roman Catholic boarding school, based in Rhode Island.  Between 1959 and the early 1980s, credible evidence exists that two monks at Portsmouth Abbey School sexually abused the students. There allegedly also had been corporal punishment.

St. George's Settles with Alleged Victims of Sex Abuse - Yet another school for scandal featured by Vanity Fair

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Finally elite prep school in Rhode Island, St. George's, has settled with the 30 victims of alleged sexual abuse at the hands (literally) of teachers, staff, and other students. Annual tuition and fees total about $56,000. The claims date back to the 1970s.

All Those Designer Babies - LIfe Has Gotten Even More Unfair

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The late mayor of Providence, Rhode Island-Buddy Cianci-used to lament that he was not a "member of the Lucky Sperm Club." In the U.S., the fertility industry has a growing footprint. According to the CDC, 12% of women have used it.

Sherwin-Williams, Lead Paint, "Santa Clara" Trial Starting July 15, 2013

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 Back in the late 1990s and until the Rhode Island Supreme Court tossed the litigation, the Sherwin-Williams brand took major hits. The elephant in the room when it comes to Sherwin-Williams is how much the latest trial over lead paint will hurt its brand.

Old White Men & Power - Harvey Weinstein Is Symbol of Widespread Oppression

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That's what I observed at the Rhode Island lead paint litigation in 2006. Harvey Weinstein has captured headlines as a symbol of the power of old white men. But, there are plenty more where he sowed his destruction.

But an ugly girl might get more attention & put in more soul

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  This enterprise in Rhode Island might not realize this.  Presentation is a tricky business.    In its Craigslist ad  it states it is seeking a pretty girl with a nice smile to get attention for the company by giving out flyers etc.    But an ugly girl might attract more interest.    Also, take it from a female who never fit with fashionable beauty criteria, we put more soul in our work.

Contingency Business Model - The Great Rebranding

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The classic example had been Motley Rice's decision to assist the state of Rhode Island in its class action public nuisance lead paint complaint against companies such as Sherwin-Williams. It's obvious that BigLaw has not recovered from The Crash. Litigation is flat.

Hold The Words: The most compelling communications

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those might go for a one-hour meditation to a week-long silent retreat held at its larger facility in Providence, Rhode Island. Words, words, words. That's what the prince of Denmark Hamlet lamented. He could well be the unofficial patron saint of zen.


Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  He's on the money since not only is the newspaper industry in bad shape, so is Rhode Island.  Losing a job on a newspaper can often mean the death of that career path.    There might not be any where else to get a comparable job.

Recovery & Unintended Consequences: Can get into my skinny jeans

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  That was the skinny jeans I hadn't been able to fit into since 2006 when the Rhode Island lead paint trial was over and I finished being in a courtroom blogging it for four months. No one I know isn't busy trying to keep up with all the new business coming in.  

Joke Contest Results — State Slogans

Humor Power

Rhode Island: We’re not an island and we don’t have many roads. Rhode Island: You Just Missed it. Our State Slogans theme was inspired by long-time subscriber and funny guy Sol Morrison, Santa Barbara, California. New Joke contests are annonced on the first of each month. Look for the next contest on October 1, 2014. Here are the top lines selected by our panel of judges (speakers and improv players). The Theme: State Slogans. ** FIRST PLACE **.

Talking LIke A Lawyer - That Involves Judgment Call

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the historic Rhode Island lead paint trial 2005-2006, John Tarantino, lawyer representing ARCO, presented himself as a kind of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

21st Century Fox, Corporate Governance. Shareholder Lawsuits

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

During the time I was blogging about those lawsuits in venues such as Rhode Island financial firms contacted me all the time about developments.

The New York Times - Yes, If It Folds, Rhetorical Tears Will Be Shed (end of story)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

My brand equity rose significantly when Joe Norcera, currently with Bloomberg, interviewed me about my blogging of the Rhode Island lead paint trial.  Vanity Fair specializes in profiling brandname institutions which are in trouble.

Rickman Group, Providence, RI - Again, it posts help-wanted on Craigslist

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For almost as long as I have been blogging, the Rickman Group, based in downtown Providence, Rhode Island, has been posting help-wanted ads on Craigslist. 

Hillary's Nixon Moment - But Will She Soon Say, "You Won't Have The Clintons To Kick Around Any More"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For example, in Rhode Island former Providence Mayor, Buddy Cianci , kept on ruminating that he was not a member of "The Lucky Sperm Club."

Opioids As "Public Nuisance" - Ohio AG Lawsuit against 5 Manufacturers

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Many of us remember how Rhode Island et al. Again, the attorney general of a state has leveraged the legal concept of public nuisance to create a major lawsuit against companies.

Chelsea Hotel - Creatives & Domestic Discontent

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

I got my first taste of that kind of life when I hung out at an extended stay motel in Rhode Island as I blogged a four-month class action lawsuit. It was at the Chelsea , in Manhattan, that so many creatives bunked. Those included Patti Smith.

FUN! When It Pulls Revelers toward Death

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The setting was the crowded Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island. On February 20, 2003, about 11 P.M., the Great White concert pyrotechnics ignited flammable foam used to soundproofing. The place was overtaken with smoke and flames within 5.5 minutes.

GW Bridge @$12: These un-united states

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  After all, why travel to the Jersey Shore for the ocean when it's ride up the road, without a toll, in Rhode Island? Could raising the fare for the George Washington Bridge to $12 from $8 be the tipping separating state from state? 

Ashoka Mukpo, RI Ebola Survivor/Freelance Journalist, Pitching His Story To Editors

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

So, it's no surprise that Providence, Rhode Island freelance journalist and Ebola surivor Ashoka Mukpo is pitching his story to editors. For us in writing - all branches - life is essentially a source of copy.

Buddy Cianci Jr., Dead At Age 74 - Prototype For Donald Trump

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" His presence dominated that small Rhode Island City where he had been mayor. Mike Stanton titled his biography of Vincent "Buddy" Cianci Jr. "The Prince of Providence." And it will hover over it now that he is dead , at age 74.

The Ranking Game - It's Here to Stay, Reformers

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

former Providence, Rhode Island mayor) it's: We have to re-brand. In the business of law schools (yes, it is a business) and the prestige of where a lawyer's degree is from, the U.S. News & World Report rankings are everything. They are officially out.

Term "Presidential" - Is That As Irrelevant as Term "Eloquent" in Trial Closing Statements, "Statesmanlike" in Corporate Speeches

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

I had done that in the second Rhode Island lead paint four-month trial. The Atlantic has a fun online video playing with the question: Are Donald J. Trump's tweets "presidential." " Here you can watch it. Those of us in the field of rhetoric smirk.

"People V. ARCO" - Implications For Sherwin-Williams' Investors, Branding

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Sherwin-Williams was among the three defendants in the Rhode Island lead paint public nuisance lawsuit which had been let off the hook by the state's supreme court - Download Statev.LeadIndustriesAssoc.,Inc.

First Snow Fall: New York Metro area

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 The objective was to get to know Rhode Island. The first snowfall, no matter when it happens, always seems too soon.   My adopted canine son Lee K. agrees.