Emerson’s Essay on Self-Reliance

    Ralph Waldo Emerson Essays, First Series[1841] Self-Reliance        “Ne te quæsiveris extra.”  “Man is his own star; and the soul that can Render an honest and a perfect man, Commands all light, all influence, all fate; Nothing to him falls early or too late. Our acts our angels are, or good or […]

A Speechwriter’s Perspective on Melania Trump’s Plagiarism

++++ Questions Over Melania Trump’s Speech Set Off Finger-Pointing By MAGGIE HABERMAN, ALAN RAPPEPORT, PATRICK HEALY and JONATHAN MARTINJULY 19, 2016 Parts of Melania Trump’s speech during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland were strikingly similar to Michelle Obama’s speech during the Democratic convention in 2008. ++++ Mrs. Trump enjoys higher popularity ratings than her husband, but she has been […]

Speechwriting basics: How to apologize without saying you are sorry

________________________________________________________ For a speechwriter and ghost, which is how I paid the rent and then the mortgage, being published anonymously in Vital Speeches is a high and bankable honor. Here is the speech which demonstrates how high level public officials can explain away the mistakes of the president who appointed them. SPEECH The Government and […]