Starting Your Dreams Later In Life and Embracing the Detour

Jenee Darden speaking at Creative Mornings I know it's been a while since I've posted anything but that's because of my job. I'm working as a reporter covering Oakland and I host an arts segment on the radio where I get to interview amazing artists from around the Bay Area. Plus I'm publicizing my book  and building my speaking career!  You know what's funny? I thought this would all happen by the time I was 27-30.  Nope. That wasn't God's plan for me. I'm finally beginning to do the things I've wanted to do and I'm almost 40 years old. Some people reading this who are 40 will say 40 is still young. But some younger people reading may think 40 is nearly ancient. But I'm writing this post for those who like me, thought their career and personal dreams would come true much early in life. I'm here to tell you not to give up.  You know, death inspires life. A number of my relatives and friends have passed away, ranging in

Signed, Sealed and Delivered
Pres. Obama Puts His Stamp On The Health Care Bill

Well there you have it. The president's own signature on the Health Care Bill. I'm still in a bit of shock that after decades of trying to change health care, something is being done. There are some things in the bill I like and some I don't like. I'm sure things will be added over time.

Two posts ago I wrote about Nancy Pelosi's role but President Obama recognized another Nancy who he called the unsung hero in their push for reform--Nancy-Ann DeParle, director of the White House Office of Health Reform. Read about her in a Time magazine article from last year. She studied at Harvard and Oxford University. During the Clinton administration she was the administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration, overseeing Medicare and Medicaid. And she has worked with corporations. From Nancy DeParle to Sarah Palin and Diane Sawyer who should have been anchor for World News Tonight years ago--women are doing it.

Photo Credits
1. Pres. Obama's signature on the Health Reform Bill (Chuck Kennedy)
2. Pres. Obama and Vice President Biden speak with White House Office of Health Reform Director Nancy-Ann DeParle following historic signing. (Pete Souza)
*All photos from White House Flickr Photostream