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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.

Famous Speech Friday: Meryl Streep's Golden Globes speech

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Viola was born in a sharecropper’s cabin in South Carolina, came up in Central Falls, Rhode Island; Sarah Paulson was born in Florida, raised by a single mom in Brooklyn.

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"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."

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

CARNAGE! Will Trouble in Trumpville Spread to Law Firm Jones Day

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

When I was covering the Rhode Island lead paint class action public nuisance litigation (2005-2006), I was puzzled by the behavior of Jones Day in general. For some watchers of Trumpism, it became unthinkable that the party in power could suffer what could be an irreversible setback.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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 **.

THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL Cuts Loose 26

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.  

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.

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."

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.

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.

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? 

"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.

"Hogan v. Gawker" Mutates into "Peter Thiel v. Pierre Omidyar" - And, maybe the First Amendment has nothing to do with it

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

When the verdict against three defendants, including Sherwin Williams, in the Rhode Island lead paint class action public nuisance litigation was appealed to the state supreme court, there was a flood of amicus briefs supporting the plaintiff.

Brand Jersey Shore: Eroded by more than just Sandy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Instead, we can travel to Westerly, Rhode Island. Business this summer at the Jersey Shore is down about 40% from last year. That's what the state's governor Chris Christie told CBS NEWS.  Brand erosion is being blamed on Sandy.  That's not on the money.

Small (Canadian) Client Makes It Big: One of those rags-to-riches stories, for both of us

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 No, it's not enough to pay cash for a cottage in Westerly, Rhode Island. This linguistics expert in Canada, as did the one in China, found me through this blog.  The jobs were small back then.

Water water everywhere: But, good luck getting to the ocean on summer weekends

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 To the North are Westerly, Rhode Island, Cape Cod, and, for those hearty souls who don't mind travel, wonderful views of exotic ocean-dwelling creatures in Maine. We in Connecticut are blessed.  To the south are the Jersey Shore and the Hamptons.

Rickman Group, Providence, RI: Why doesn't it post anonymous help-wanted?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 Do you strongly agree that the Rickman Group, Providence, Rhode Island should post an anonymous ad for the position of Communications Development Specialist? What is your take, fellow communications professionals?

Investors Watching Lead Paint Litigation Issues: Sherwin-Williams, Arco et al.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Some assumed those legal issues had bit the dust when the Rhode Island Supreme Court dismissed the state's public nuisance lawsuit. As with asbestos, litigation against the former manufacturers and sellers of lead paint could wallop stock prices.

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Sherwin Williams, PPG - The Story of Lead Paint Isn't Dead

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

High-profile litigation took place in Rhode Island. Environmentalists are again focusing on the toxic effects of lead paint. Only, at the current time, the lead paint issue isn't in the U.S. It's abroad. And, those savvy about public relations wonder if the U.S.

Jones Day Represents Make America Great Campaign (that is, The Donald as Politico)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For example, its Pittsburgh office successfully defended Cleveland-based Sherwin-Williams in its more than a decade-long litigation battle in Rhode Island over its former manufacture and sale of lead paint. "This afternoon, as reported by the Washington Post, the D.C.

Thought Leadership - At The Time, It Was The Right Decision

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Rhode Island Supreme Court tossed the class-action lawsuit against Sherwin-Williams, et al. "Father, forgive me. My sin, and it is hurting the company, is that I have defaulted into apology. Yet, at the time, and given our strategy, the decisions were right on the money.

Providence, RI: Bridging word gap for low-income children

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Providence, Rhode Island won the $5 million first prize in New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's contest to help cities bridge the gap in word acquisition for low-income children, reports POLITICO.  "Words, words, words." 

Bouncing Back from Irene, Sandy, Nemo: Introduction to Zen Practice, New Haven, CT, March 16

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Groups also go from the Zen Center to retreats in Providence, Rhode Island. Face it, we in New England have been beaten down by the forces of nature.    There was Irene.    Then there was Sandy.