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Introducing myself and my journal: News From The Front

About Me:
Born in Salem, Massachusetts, I spent my childhood in the New Hampshire countryside, experiencing sisterhood as the youngest of three daughters, each with our own dad-built tree house. I will forever treasure the particular magnificence of all-girl, tree-house, tea parties.

Perhaps because my imagination and creativity were allowed to flourish throughout my young life, by early adulthood I realized I’d been put on this earth to follow my own path, rather than someone else’s. I then studied theater, classical ballet, music, writing and, more recently, the Art of Empowerment.

From 1995-2008 I wrote, produced and directed family entertainment, coaching my students to find their own power by, ‘conquering,’ an audience. As a result of experiencing breast cancer, I created and performed a one-woman show, in order to provide information, humor, support and comfort to women with cancer. This News led to keynote, motivational speaking. In 2005 I graduated from the Empowerment Institute and have since led numerous empowerment workshops for young women. My current works, both written and spoken, focus on leadership through empowerment.

In addition to being a nominee for the Lance Armstrong Spirit of Survivorship Award, I have received awards from the National Council on Family Relations, the National Educational Media Association, the Long Island Film Festival, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Florida and others.

I believe I may have saved my own life, more than once, by clinging to my sense of humor. Having remained standing in the face of some very strong winds, I now consider it a privilege to guide others to empowerment.


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Dear Sarah

It is our great pleasure to have the wonderful woman like you in pulse wire and after reading you , we are much eager to read more about your work , specially the Breast cancer story and how did you made this experience your great power! It can teach many and it can save many from the breast cancer! Pulse wire need the people like you who can walk with the woman around the world together for the great womanhood!


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Thank you!

Thank you! I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to respond! I'll try to get back and tell you more about the breast cancer when I can.

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thank u sarah:)

thank u sarah:)

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Welcome to PulseWire!

Hi Sarah,

I’m so glad and excited to see you in our community! Thanks so much for joining us, you are always free to post to your journal and add comments to others posts too, this is where we can freely contribute for the betterment of women and children all over that world. Please feel free to browse through our group section and post to the groups you decided to join.....On worldpulse everything is free...just be yourself.

Welcome again to our PulseWire Community and I look forward to seeing you more in here!!!

Warm Regards,


Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

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Thank you!

Thank you, Sarvina, I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to respond. I will try to use Pulse Wire more and more as time goes on. All the very best to you in the meantime.

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Hey there! Welcome to

Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

It’s so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fabulous time with your new online friends as well as find this to be a very positive experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.
Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!


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Thank you!

Thank you for your warm welcome, Fatima, and Peace to you, too!

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You are welcome to Pulse wire

You are welcome to Pulse wire community. I Look forward to hear more from you, keep writing, don't step aside


''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

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Hello, Vivian! I hope to write more as time allows, and in the meantime I thank you for your lovely welcome!

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Hello, Mentor


I am very glad to have you as a mentor in the VOF program. Your profile description is very inspirational. Hope we can achieve great things together in the program!

Looking forward to working with you,

Thaís Moraes

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I felt the same...


I think we were in the same Empowerment Certification, if yours was the one that started in January (as I believe they all do) following the Christmas Tsunami in Thailand. I was there with my friend Diane Lavin. I then joined the Grace Workshops that June and worked with Gail in those for the next 3 years. And I have continued to work with Diane DuPre, who was also in that class.

It is a pleasure to be working with you as a fellow mentor in World Pulse and VOF!


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Yes, Ruth, that was my Empowerment Ins. class! I often think of Diane DuPre and I think I know who Diane Lavin is . . . I've kept in touch with Shqipe and was in touch with Taur Orange for a long time.

Isn't this mentorship a wonderful thing? It comes at such a good time in so many ways. Have you met your mentee yet? I've Skyped with mine once and will again tomorrow eve; she's LOVELY. I have seminary class all day on Dec. 4th so am hoping that conference call will be recorded.

Now! Regarding navigating our way around World Pulse . . . Rachel emailed a list of the various World Pulse links with a suggestion that we bookmark them. Not being a technical wizard (ha! understatement) I bookmarked that document and occasionally go surfing around each World Pulse site, including the classroom, so that when I speak to my mentee I have an idea of where she is in her assignments. You probably know all that already, and probably anyone could give you better advice than this! However, let me know if I can support you in any way!

All the best,

- Sarah

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How wonderful to be connected again through something that includes Empowerment mentoring! Diave Lavin was the tiny waif-like woman with long gray hair and beautiful flowing skirts. She rarely spoke at all, but was intensely involved the entire time.

How wonderful you stay in touch with Shqipe, too! She and I ended up being in the Grace class together and howling at the moon more than once! She and her sister actually stopped here at our home in KC on her way back from Phoenix in September and it was wonderful to see her again! She is gorgeous! I am hoping to make the trip to India with her next year.

And Diane DuPre is my mentor/teacher/sister/friend and I am blessed beyond blessed to have her in my life... so I have maintained contact with many of the Empowerment people and now you as well. Lovely!

I just spoke with my correspondent this morning for the first time 'in person' via Skype. She and I have chatted many times on Yahoo and Facebook. Fascinatingly, she and I were already Facebook 'friends' before the appointment was made. That was too wonderful for words. We had just begun to know each other but I had already started to read her writing on WP.

So thanks for the tips. I did find that email with the links and have, indeed. bookmarked them and spent several hours last night trying to get caught up. There is SO MUCH in the World Pulse site.....almost too much, but it is wonderful!

I am glad we will be working together and look forward to more chances to chat!


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Empowerment Alumnae

It's great that you've kept in close association with all those wonderful Empowerment Inst. alumnae! Many terrific people in that class . . .

Yes, SO much on the WP site, all I can do is absorb it in dribs and drabs, or fits and starts!

I am sending you wishes for a lovely Thanksgiving -- where will you be?

We will be here in NY but first Thanksgiving without my father, who passed away last month, so we all have mixed feelings about the holiday season. However, there is much to be joyful about.

More very soon, lovely Ruth!

- Sarah

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Happy Day from Kansas City

I am so sorry to hear that you lost your father this year and it will make the holidays bittersweet. We are staying in Kansas City as we almost always do. My mom is not interested in cooking or traveling and Tom's mom who always had the celebrations died 2 years ago, though she hasn't been gathering the clan for many years. It is a small family here... Tom and 2 grown kids and one spouse... but it will be lovely and thankful and festive.

My love to you and yours.


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Thank you . . .

Thank you, sweet Ruth.

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Happy new year, Sarah!

If you do not recall me, my name is Beatrice, one of the three speaking tour award winners of World Pulse in 2011.
I hereby introduce you to the new project I am working on here in Uganda; Rural Girl Child Mentor-ship Uganda. Pairing Uganda girls with mentors from across the globe. Please take time to read more about this project and also read and hear personal stories from each girl;
I hope this is helpful to your vision.

If you know any body who can join me in this mission, please share with them.
Should you need to contact me directly, my email address is

Hoping to hear from you.



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