So, barely back to the blog, I aim to catch up on some reviews.

GOOD NEWS Cover DPerinoAND THE GOOD NEWS IS by Dana Perino is like reading two good books in one.

First is an intriguing story of how a mite of a gal experienced life and became a powerhouse of a woman. It’s an engaging read, packed with poignant, piercing, or hysterical anecdotes from life on a Wyoming ranch to the halls of power in Washington, DC. (I challenge you to read the story about her podium without having an out-loud reaction.)

The shadow story behind is of life lessons learned along the way ~ the good, the bad, and the funny. Especially helpful was on “making butterflies fly in formation” and the importance of civility and networking in this tech-heavy world.


We all face challenges in our lives, roadblocks in our jobs, unfairness or losses in our personal lives, assaults to our economy and peace. In the Washington DC culture individuality, spunk, creative thinking, and joy are often ground out of those caught in the cogs of the political machine.

If Dana Perino, planted firmly in that DC culture can survive ~ and beyond that, even thrive ~ she has learned some life lessons and gained wisdom. And the good news is ~ we can too, because this intelligent and generous woman shares it with us in GOOD NEWS. It rightly could be called A Handbook for Success, but that’s not as much fun as the title she chose. But it is a good source to help young people avoid costly blunders as they set a course for their future …

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and for the rest of us to avoid slamming into brick walls and find peace and perspective. I think it always nice when I learn a lesson with a sprinkling of humor and grace rather than with a sledgehammer. I highly recommend AND THE GOOD NEWS IS.