Monday, May 17, 2010

Summer's Tug of War

Missed you all my Daring friends!

Now I can get back to sharing and daring with the best!

I have been trying to sort through summer plans. Balancing work and play in the summer can be quite exhausting. Priorities v. Playing!!!! Sometimes common sense must win the tug of war that plays out in the mind.

There is no better lace to sit back and combine the two, than a New England summer. I am close enough to the city, airports, and face-to-face clients. When I can remove myself from the hustle and the bustle of the city, I choose....... Martha's Vineyard for the Summer of 2010!

The "must have" is pure relaxation. I certainly choose my rental wisely. Thinking about the size - I don't mind a room or two for guests. However, I am not a fan of large cottages that people crash for the summer. I want my space - I enjoy peace - I savor the new friendships that develop and evolve - I find comfort in quiet moments reading a book.

When looking for a rental, I don't have the luxury to research for hours on the web. I put my faith and trust in Sotheby's International Reality to do the legwork for rentals.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Drink of the Week


1 oz  Brandy
1/2 oz  Dry Vermouth
1/4 tsp  White Creme de Menthe
1 oz  Orange Juice
1 tsp  Grenadine Syrup
1/2 oz  Tawny Port

In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine the brandy, vermouth, creme de menthe, orange juice, and grenadine.

Shake well.

Strain into a cocktail glass.

Pouring slowly and carefully, float the port on top.

Spring is here!


ESPN to land more NFL rights

Reopened deals offer lockout protection, ‘MNF’ streaming


ESPN and the NFL are close to an agreement to give the media company a much larger bundle of the league’s broadband, mobile and international rights, including the ability to stream “Monday Night Football” games on broadband and wireless platforms.

The digital deal will certainly grab the full attention of the NFL’s other network partners, who could be looking to further their digital and mobile rights with NFL content. CBS and Fox have looked into streaming at least one of their Sunday afternoon games but have no concrete plans to follow through with that yet.

ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys confirmed the talks late last week, saying the two sides were “finalizing a deal for significantly expanded U.S. digital and international rights.”

The pending deal developed as the league opened ESPN’s $1.1 billion annual contract to insert language that outlined payment terms in the event of a lockout. The contract already called for ESPN to make such payments, but the NFL wanted its language to mirror previously agreed to contracts with CBS, Fox and NBC.

The digital deal will give the Bristol, Conn.-based network the right to stream “MNF” games via broadband, sources said. ESPN executives aren’t certain whether they would exercise those rights, even on its broadband site ESPN360. ESPN makes more than $4 per subscriber per month from cable and satellite operators, and ESPN is reluctant to put its highest-rated content on broadband and risk devaluing its linear TV deals with MSOs.

For the past two seasons NBC Sports and the NFL have streamed the “Sunday Night Football” game on and The online feed has had limited success, while offering a different viewing experience featuring multiple camera angles and interactivity.

ESPN will also stake a big claim to the mobile area, though several questions remain about the offer. It’s unclear whether the NFL would allow ESPN to stream its NFL content via a wireless carrier other than Verizon Wireless, which signed an extensive mobile content deal just two weeks ago that did not include rights to “MNF.”

“It might not be fully cooked,” said Dallas Cowboys owner and NFL broadcast committee member Jerry Jones in response to a question about whether ESPN would be allowed to stream “MNF” to Verizon or other carriers. “I am not really sure that I want to answer that right now.”

Even with ESPN as the intermediary, it’s hard to believe the “MNF” rights won’t end up on a Verizon platform. “They are our rights to sell,” said NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy.

The cash bonanza the NFL recently realized by selling rights to Verizon in a $720 million deal shows there’s increasing value in mobile content.

“After a deal of this magnitude gets done, every rights holder is looking closely to see if they can drive more revenue from their content,” said Chris Russo, chief executive of Fantasy Sports Ventures and the former top media executive at the NFL.

The proposed deal also gives ESPN much broader highlight rights, both online and mobile. ESPN’s original deal gave the media company limited highlight rights, as the NFL has sought to make the major online destination for such clips.

The new deal would allow ESPN to use highlights on its home page, its local Web sites and to stream them to mobile devices. It also will be able to stream games, though that part is still is taking shape.

One of the biggest parts of the deal is internationally, where ESPN will gain the rights to televise its “MNF” game and “Monday Night Countdown” pregame show in the United Kingdom via its newly launched British cable channel, ESPN UK.

“MNF” has not been telecast in Britain for the past several years. This deal, however, marks the first time in more than a decade that a TV network other than Sky Sports will carry live NFL programming in Britain.

Since 2006, the league has streamed games overseas via “NFL Game Pass,” a Sunday Ticket-style service that streams all games for around $240 per season.

ESPN and the NFL negotiated their digital deal at the same time as they both reworked the network’s “MNF” contract. The NFL looked to insert language into the deal to ensure payments continue in the event of a lockout.

Sources have said that the two sets of talks were separate and are not related.

The networks have said that they consider the payments loans that will be paid back by the league if games aren’t played. At an industry conference earlier this month, Fox Sports’ Ed Goren said, “It’s not as if we are running a charity. We give every year. That money comes back.”

When asked if it was a loan, Goren replied emphatically, “With interest.”

NBC Universal Sports and Olympics Chairman Dick Ebersol also said that the relevant language in the new TV contracts signed last year by NBC, Fox, DirecTV and CBS was no different than what’s been in past contracts, questioning the furor over the networks guaranteeing payments.

“I have been around longer than anybody else, and I don’t remember a deal, certainly all the way back to the early 1980s, that this wasn’t in,” he said. “This is not a new development.”

The broadcasters do get their money back with interest if games aren’t played. The one exception is DirecTV, which would not get all of its money back for games lost, with the reasoning being that the network is able to secure subscribers because of the NFL, and the loss of a few games would not materially harm that income.

Get Hatched with Teri Hatcher

Hatcher added to

The new online expert for Disney site

Disney is adding "Desperate Housewives" co-star Teri Hatcher to its lineup of online experts, launching with the thesp in May.

Branded as "A Chick's Guide to Life," site will have the actress, and a staff, doling out advice to women through articles, blogs and webisodes that will be "empowering and provide, with humor, insight and vulnerability, solutions to the needs and obligations of today's modern women," Hatcher said in a statement.

Hatcher will oversee the creative and editorial content, while will produce the site.

DisneyFamily, a popular online destinations for mothers, is part of Disney Online's mom and family portfolio, which includes, and

Hatcher's book "Burnt Toast and Other Philosophies of Life," published in 2006, provided family and career advice to women. 

Thursday, March 18, 2010


Reality has forced many people to reconsider travel.  Getting away with friends for the weekend seems to not be as popular. The summer trips with families are dwindling. 

Last summer was the summer coined "STAY-CATION!"  Really odd terminology, but it was catchy.  Therefore, I have decided to put the luxury all-frills on the back burner.

This doesn't mean that you must sacrifice everything to just get away.  Below, we will look at ways to consolidate expenses that add up on the back-end of your vacation budget dollars.  
~ HM

Those annoying fees that seem to pop up out of nowhere!

Airlines "convenience fees" can range from $5 to $45 per ticket. Almost every major carrier adds a surcharge for non-Internet bookings, so avoid this sneaky fee by booking online. 


I am not talking about First Class vs. Coach seats.
JetBlue charges for six "extra legroom" rows. Surcharges can range from $5 to $350. Don't be picky about the seat, bring your iPod, and listen to a book or music on your iPod. Before you leave for the airport, see if other desirable seats have opened at no extra fee. If that is not the case, at the airline counter, or at the airport kiosk, a representative is usually there to guide you. Smile sweetly, make small talk about the excitement of the trip . . . and voila, they have codes that they input to check to see if there are better seats.


These are the most annoying fees. 

The carriers are charging fees for EVERY checked bag! Fees range from $25 to $60 per bag,        and if you dare bring a second or third bag ~ watch out! 
Now this doesn't include the oversized/overweight charge. The fees attached to overweight          bags can range from $25 to $175 per bag, in addition to the extra bag fee.
How many people know this? You can check in your bags from home at a cheaper fee. You          still incur a fee, but it is discounted if you do it online with the carrier.

SOLUTION: Less is more! Pack with common sense. There is a strategy here: less shoes, those tried and true tested mix and match weekender outfits. Pack smart! Try to do a carry-on, and if you must bring in a checked bag - pre-check from home.

Collision-damage waiver (CDW) can cost as much as the actual car rental. 

SOLUTION: Check with your credit card company AND auto insurance companies before you leave home, and make sure you are already covered. Then when you get to the rental counter, DECLINE - DECLINE - DECLINE! 

When I am in Washington, DC, I know that the hotels charge for parking, and in and out fees.  If I can, I go into Virginia, and eliminate such charges, Don't become a victim of hidden hotel fees at check-out. Make sure, when booking, to confirm what services are included with the hotel rate. Things to be on the lookout for, are;
Wireless Connections 
Hotel amenities ~ pool, fitness center, or business center
Free breakfast ~ full or continental
Bottle of Water ~ Looks free, but they charge between $1.50 to $3.00 per bottle 
       of warm water 
      on the counter.
Movies and Games 
Parking ~ valet, overnight, and in & out charges

SOLUTION: Call ahead to confirm what is included in your rate. Ask for specials, and utilize hotel reward programs. Sign up online with the hotel chain BEFORE making your reservation - they are free for basic memberships. Use your AAA, or Super Club memberships, and don't forget to check with your HR department for discounts. Then check online with google, and see how many people will point you in the direction of discounts.

Sunday, March 7, 2010


She is beautiful! 
She is talented!
She is a breath of fresh air!

A fresh and flawless performance was executed beautifully by this wonderful actress.
Keep your eyes on the screen!
Mia will be sure to please us for years to come.
Her talent was not just tripped over. Mia has earned a home in Hollywood!
She will have choice scripts delivered, and lunch requests that outnumber days in the week - by summer's end!  Here is to good management and lawyers, and the rest  will be  here dream come true.  There is no worrying about Mia keeping her head on straight, she exudes class and that personality American's drink up with guiltless pleasure.  She is likely to be compared to America's Sweethearts ~ Jen Aniston, Julia Roberts, and Sandra Bullock.  Mia's looks will be  compared to ~ Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker and Drew Barrymore. Most importantly, Mia will stand on her own two feet! She has that extraordinary foundation to keep her firmly grounded!  

Mia, continue to Dare to be Yourself! Thanks for making today an enlightening day!


I remember a particular question Matt Lauer asked a guest a few years back on the Today Show.  The question was simply put, "Do you google yourself?"  I chuckled! Google was after all, NEW!  Google wasn't popular, it was still unknown to many, and most importantly  - the information reliability was questionable.  Google has come a long way, to say the least. 

We all utilize google daily! I google news, pictures, and gather basic information quickly! What time does a particular movie start? Google it!  Recently, boardrooms all over the world are asking their employees about SEO's (Search Engine Optimization.)  These companies are looking for their google ranking to rise quickly!  That's great - that's yesterday! Google apps are more advanced than SEO's. 

I was reminded of the Matt Lauer interview recently, because I asked my mother to . . . .  you guessed it . . . . Google me!  Every so often, I ask my family to do the Google Check! As an entrepreneur, I need to keep my name unblemished!  I come from a family of hardworking individuals, and I am determined to keep the family name clean!  My hope, is that the other Helen Whitney's in the world  ~ keep their nose clean!  

Mom called this weekend with good news ~ actually it was great news! All the years of education and hard work seem to continue to work in a positive manner for me (and my same-namers.)  I am not a porn star! Mom and Dad are proud, and my family in France said it's alright to visit them. 

Years ago, my parents would tell me to study hard, play hard, and keep my name out of the paper! Now they are proud that Google doesn't dish ay dirt on me or those with my same name.
So, Google Me! I am not a porn star.

Keep working hard, and keep playing hard, and keep your name clean!

Dare to be Yourself ~ 

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


Big Projects on the horizon get me thrilled!

Looking for Architects . . . . 
Landscape Architects . . . .
Interior Designers . . . .
Five Community Theaters . . . .

Will blog about the details soon!

Meanwhile, feel free to contact me at

Good things come to those who Dare to Be themselves.

~ HM

Monday, February 22, 2010


Fashion and Trends are critical to becoming confident and capturing your personal strengths.  

While sitting in the front row of a recent fashion show in New York City, I smiled and enjoyed the interpretation of what must haves belong in our closets.  I want to make it perfectly clear that 7-inch heels did not make it on my list. As a matter of fact, the model who wore those shoes  ~ fell, picked herself up, immediately fell again, and quickly removed the shoes. Cute shoes! Looked like the model thought they felt most comfortable in her hands.

As an established entrepreneur, I often have meetings in conference rooms in New York , L.A., Atlanta, Paris, and Cabo. Walking into a room with heels that belong in a nightclub just will not fly with my colleagues. I must say that flats, although comfortable, are an absolute don't as well.

Own the moment. 
A business moment, means knowing your sense of purpose for that day.
A casual day with family or friends, means no rest for you! Continue to take care of your body and mind. 
Your confidence strengthens when you stay in control of the multiple lives you manage. 
Those around you; partners (business and personal,) friends, family members, even strangers will notice your resilience and ability to remain your Personal Best!

Jennifer Aniston

~ HW

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Had an amazing chat with a partner on an upcoming endeavor!

This is going to really gain national exposure, and we can't wait!
The hardest part, is waiting to go to HOTLANTA in two weeks.

In the meantime, I have been engrossed in these Olympics! What amazing athletes! 

There are a few rules I follow when business and private time might overlap.
Lunchtime is ALWYAS phone free. How rude is it to put your phone on the table? Someone invented Voice Mail, and you pay for it....use it!  

I can spend time working on vacation, however .... my health requires that I have mental down time.  I am laughing and smiling and giggling...... all STRESS FREE!

I returned to twitter to check in on a few friends and colleagues.

Take time for yourself, and grow stronger mentally and physically!

~ HM

Friday, February 12, 2010

Let the Games Begin

There are so many wonderful people in Vancouver.   The crispness in the air, the excitement of the tourists, the support of the town, combine them all with the passion of the athletes, and these 2010 Winter Games are going to be magnificent! 

The opening ceremonies will surely delight those lucky enough to be there, as well as the worldwide audience.  The anticipation of the opening ceremonies is one that takes over and thrills so many.  I can't wait to make my way over to Vancouver's B.C. Place stadium.  Mark Grimmette has the honor of proudly carrying the American flag.  Mark has the spirit that represents an Olympic Athlete. Mark loves the sport that chose to hold a special place in his heart. Mark isn't a wealthy or well-known athlete. Mark is unassuming yet passionate, and always wears that smile on his face. His numerous medals are tucked away in a sock drawer at home.  Mark's strength and determination led his USA teammates to choose him as the bearer of dreams, promise of delight, and drive of an athlete ~ AN OLYMPIC AHLETE! We look forward to cheering Mark and he rest of the USA Team as they enter the stadium.

Don't forget to get your Winter Olympic App!
Here are a few others to check out:

BlackBerryNBC Olympic Mobile 
This is a free app in App World, from a user comment it looks like it's basically a web shortcut to their mobile site, but if you want quick 1 click access to the Olympic news then having this could be useful for getting the latest news, video, and live results on your BlackBerry.

iPhoneNBC Olympics on AT&T
Another free app, has a god search feature to quickly find the content you want, ability to mark favorites, video(only available to US users), push notification and more, definitely worth a look on your iPhone/iPod Touch

Android: Vancouver Olympics 2010 News
This is free in the market, looks pretty basic, a feed reader with brief portions of articles displayed and tapping the story opens in in your browser. If you don't want a big app, then this may be useful.

Windows MobileWow Samsung Vancouver 2010 App
Track news, weather, medal count and more on this free app from Samsung.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Allowing the inner you to surface

Last night was Saturday Blues at Black's! What a wonderful way to catch up with friends, and watch the town fill up with Olympic athletes and their supporters.  Sean Rose is The local Blue's Man! He is amazing! It is evident from the crowd, that this local Blues Man has dared to become someone, and achieved that status. Wait for the launch of the Olympics, and the exposure Sean will be enormous!

Looking forward to uncovering many more hidden gems in this wonderful town!

~ HM

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Vancouver 2010 App

The official Mobile Spectator Guide for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games is available as a free download from the App Store. The Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games Spectator App provides a location-aware schedule detailing more than 2,000 sport and cultural events taking place during the Winter Olympic Games.  Users will be able to mark favorite events, see real-time event results for every sport, as well as access maps and turn-by-turn directions to venues.

Friday, January 29, 2010


How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.
-- Coco Chanel

Nobody could say it any better than Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, better known as Coco Chanel.  The origin of how the name "Coco" came to be, is rather vague. What we do know, is that Coco Chanel was indeed someone! Coco opened her first shop in 1910, designing hats. 
She is "the someone" who pioneered wonderful French fashions. 
She is "the someone" who inspired women to wear practical clothes, and wear them well.
She is "the someone" who created and popularized the 'little black dress.'
She is "the someone" who introduced the world to Chanel No.5.

A woman like Coco never intended to be something. That thought could never have crossed her mind. Coco wasn't destined to be someone. Destiny figures into those who wait for the door to open, not getting off their duff to open it themselves. Coco was and is a someone that inspires. 

You can spend many years educating yourself to become a doctor. You might be a good doctor, a great doctor, even a fabulous specialist. I commend you on your years of determination and hard work, it clearly has paid off. What you have become, is something. 

Now, what makes a doctor someone? 

Someone who Dares to be themselves, is someone who is inspired and motivated each and every day. 

You have to be inspired each and every day. 
You must inspire each and every day.

Make today the day that you inspire yourself.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Be Heard! Know Your Voice!

If you feel strongly about something ~
If it aches inside of you ~
If it yearns deeply enough to be . . . . 

Somebody told you it is alright to be different. You feel firm in your belief, that being different is just fine. Ah yes! We have all used these lines before. However, they were meant for a lame attempt, at best, to make a point to your parents for some poor choice that you made as a teenager.  

No, you aren't required to reinvent the wheel. What you want to do is recognize what makes your wheel unique. Your wheel stands proudly and confidently above the rest. There should be nothing quirky about your wheel. Quirky means fleeting. 

Be prepared to spend time. Lots of time on your idea. Time does mean money, and negative amounts of money. Do you have the savings to get you through the months of creating, editing, recreating, more edits, and rejection. There will be a time that you need to walk away from the concept, and have a "me" day! Clearing your head will allow the idea to take on a new life. Remain committed to your goal, and you will see it come to fruition. 

You will need strength. The course that leads you to your goal, will require an enormous amount of mental and physical energy. Expect the mind to go into overdrive in the middle of the night. {This is your ambition spinning towards progress.} Ambition will guide you, but depriving yourself of a good night of sleep will not.

Be professional at all times. Knowing the right team to support your efforts is critical. You will need a lawyer, and YOU need to vet them out! You will need to create a company through your State and Federal sites. You don't have to be the expert here, you need to hire the right expert.
This will be discussed in the future Post: "Start Up Ventures ~ Creating a Business Plan"


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Sundance Twenty-Ten!

Early to rise! A deep breath, hold it – hold it, exhale! Ahhh, the sweet mountain air. There is something positively glorious about the freshness, sweetness, and crispness of this mountain oasis.

Enjoyed a wonderful day at the Canyons 84098 with some wonderful friends. A must for anyone in the area. The snow falling this morning, made it quite breathtaking. 

A special treat this week, just happens to be my DARING TO BE YOURSELF person of the day ~ Bill Gates. Bill Gates and Davis Guggenheim partnered in a new documentary.  ”Waiting for Superman” conveys the bleak truth, our nations public school system is in a shambles. Davis is an amazing storyteller, and this educational dilemma introduces the public to the desires of children to get the education that they deserve ~ yet, they just can’t seem to achieve their goal. 

Sundance is anything but sleepy these past few days. Lots of buzz and excitement abound, and there is also the global concern for those in Haiti. It is what I believe in the most, life and passion.



It's all about life!

It' all about passion!