With Valentine’s Day around the corner, many folks are feeling the pressure to illustrate their devotion with their pocketbook and plan the perfect gift, evening out or surprise. My preference might be a lovely little box of salted dark chocolate caramels. But billions of dollars are spent each year in an attempt, often unsuccessfully, to fulfill expectations of loved ones. And therein lies the rub. One such reader wrote to me last week in distress about the pressure and expectations, a word on The Inner Bottom Line that spells trouble, because all expectations ever do is set us up for [ Read More ]
During my January 22nd blogtalkradio.com show, I commented on a headline I had read earlier that day about some GOP leaders who were “disappointed” in President Obama’s second Inaugural Address. Why, you ask? Well, according to one of the many sources, the right-leaning Wall Street Journal, the President, in their view, didn’t offer them “an olive branch.” Really? Then today, with the story still spinning madly in the media, the incredibly disappointing and somewhat disjointed Senator McCain, who has exhibited a nearly unbroken stream of vitriol and disapproval at all things Obama and Democratic since he lost his own run [ Read More ]
There is little to say that hasn’t already been expressed. Our hearts are, indeed, shattered, our minds stunned, our sensibilities wrenched by the latest event in the obscenely long litany of massacres that have occurred in our country in recent years. While the tragedy of Newtown was no more horrendous than Columbine or Oregon or any of the other shootings that have taken lives in unspeakable ways, this particular moment appears to have hit a chord long overdue in this country, perhaps because it involved the loss of so many innocent children. And maybe, it was also amplified further because [ Read More ]
Perhaps many of you don’t know that The Inner Bottom Line® was created in 1988 as the first television series on family values in the US. We aired from Los Angeles monthly and from the very first one, I was blessed with the presence of guests who were all, in their unique ways, incredibly accomplished individuals; people like Joe Jacobs, who identified both Vitamin C and penicillin prior to founding Jacobs Engineering, and talents like Theodore Bikel, gifted actor and musician, who I invited on the show to honor and discuss his work and legacy with Amnesty International. Because of [ Read More ]
For eight years, ever since that electrifying moment at the DNC convention when you were first introduced to the nation and I listened to you deliver that iconic speech , I’ve known. It was that simple. I knew, without a doubt, in an instant, like I always do with really key moments and people, that someone had come onto the public scene that would change things. I sensed that my country had suddenly been given the gift of an extraordinary man and leader possessing brilliance, wisdom, common sense, and heart; a man with his feet planted firmly on the ground, [ Read More ]
This is an open love letter to the survivors of Hurricane Sandy and all of those touched by this disaster. And that, actually, includes us all, for no matter how much in the middle or on the sidelines of something like this we stand, its impact hits everyone, and in this moment of national pain and challenge, it will take us all to move forward together to heal and recovery. The Inner Bottom Line ® A Column on Personal Choices & Ethical Dilemmas by Olive Gallagher November 1, 2012 “Getting On…Not Getting Over” In light of the utter, incomprehensible devastation [ Read More ]
Dear Readers, Due to the horrific, unconscionable statements, implications and outright lies made by a number of GOP figures in the past few weeks and days, I feel compelled to reprint my column from its first run in the National Edition of Examiner.com in April 2011. The Inner Bottom Line ® A Column on Personal Choices & Ethical Dilemmas by Olive Gallagher Growing up in the 50s and 60s, I was aware of a number of unwritten rules. Rules like, no matter how angry you were or how badly you’d been treated, there was a place and time to express [ Read More ]
If you want to see what happens to the souls, choices and lives of people who ignore, dishonor and disrespect their better instincts and completely over-ride The Inner Bottom Line, tune into “Boss” on Starz with Kelsey Grammer. It’s a chilling, dark tale of greed, power, and deeply unhappy people that is brilliant conceived and incredibly well written, produced and acted.