Author Archives: Cathy Burnham Martin

About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."

To Victory!

“Where there is unity there is always victory.” — Publilius Syrus (85 BC – 43 BC) Latin writer, brought as a slave to Roman Italy

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American Eagle Day

When we see an eagle in flight, we stop whatever we are doing and simply watch. Our most recognizable national symbol, eagles remain mesmerizing.    

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Yes, You Can!

“Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.” — Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos) (1963 – ) American singer-songwriter

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National Go Fishing Day

God: “Hi Noah, been out in the Ark lately?” Noah: “Yes, went out for a bit of fishing yesterday” God: “Any good?” Noah: “No, I couldn’t stay out long, I only had two worms…”   If you have any good … Continue reading

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Light Up Your Thoughts!

  “The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.” — Plutarch (46-120AD) Greek philosopher & historian

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Happy Father’s Day!

  “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” – Jim Valvano (1946 – 1993) American basketball player, coach, and broadcaster         I was mightily blessed with a fabulous … Continue reading

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Ignorant Bluster

  “Ignorant people are sure of the causes of everything.” — James Thorpe (1887 – 1953) American athlete & Olympic gold medalist

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Age Youthfully

  “A man is not old until his regrets take the place of dreams.” — Yiddish proverb

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Stay Fit, Guys!

During National Men’s Health Week, take a little time to raise awareness and encourage men to seek help. Life gets crazy, and it’s easy to ignore little signs, but early detection and treatment are vital. We know! That saved Sir … Continue reading

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Flag Waving

This week, National Flag Week in the USA, is a time to pause and recognize the greatness of this nation and its people. The 13 stripes represent the 13 original colonies, and the 50 stars represent the 50 states. The … Continue reading

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Making Life Beautiful

June 11th is National Making Life Beautiful Day. This is a day to celebrate people who make life beautiful by building relationships or helping others achieve success. This is also an opportunity to put a smile on someone’s face.   … Continue reading

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Faithful

  “It is better to be faithful than famous.” — Theodore Roosevelt (1858 – 1919) 26th U.S. President

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Play Time!

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.”— George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)Irish playwight

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Soulful

“The most beautiful people wear their hearts on their sleeves and their souls in their smiles.” — Mark Antony (Marcus Antonius) (83BC – 30BC) Roman politician & general under Julius Caesar

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Ahhhh, Compassion

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” — Dalai Lama (1935 – ) 14th Buddhist spiritual leader

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See the Beauty

  “I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.” — Anne Frank (1929 – 1945) Celebrated German-born Jewish diarist, noted for documenting life in hiding from the Nazis with her family in an Amsterdam … Continue reading

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National Cheese Day

For National Cheese Day, you can celebrate with your favorite cheese and crackers or a charcuterie board, or a great grilled cheese sandwich. I will also suggest a terrifically tasty Roasted Cream Cheese. (Yup… BBQ grill or oven.) You can … Continue reading

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Steak Out!

  June is National Steakhouse Month… ooh-la-la!         I can taste a perfect steak right now. Bits of crispy yumminess on the outside and tantalizingly tasty succulence inside. Little is more mouthwatering than the intoxicating aromas that … Continue reading

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Ahhh, Truth!

“The trouble with too many people is they believe the realm of truth always lies within their vision.” — Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) American statesman; 16th President 1861-65; assassinated following Civil War  

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Dress Pretty

  June 1 is National Wear a Dress Day… to celebrate wearing dresses. Be sassy, sophisticated, or silly. Of course, some people wear them better than others. My hubby has perfect legs for skirts, so when he chose to dress … Continue reading

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Believe!

  “Do not despair when the sun sets with sadness, for each new dawn delivers defiant radiance, even when the sun shrouds herself in clouds.” — Cathy Burnham Martin (1954 – ) Author: “The Bimbo Has Brains… and Other Freaky … Continue reading

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Philosophers and Kings

“There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers, and political power and philosophy … Continue reading

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Live Well

    “The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” — Robert Byrne (1930 – 2016) American author

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Truth Beyond Opinion

“Not the violent conflict between parts of the truth, but the quiet suppression of half of it, is the formidable evil. There is always hope when people are forced to listen to both sides; it is when they attend to … Continue reading

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Honor the Fallen

  “Heroes never die. They live in the hearts and minds of those who would follow in their footsteps.” — Emily Potter (1975 – ) Australian author & professor    

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Woah!

  “It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.” — Joseph Stalin (1878 – 1953) Soviet politician and revolutionary; former Premier … Continue reading

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National Wine Day

For me, a glass of pinot grigio on ice with some raspberries. Oh, and a side of fresh, salty chips. Ahhh… perfectly balanced “meal.”   LOL! Need I say more?

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National Asparagus Day

  For those who love fresh veggies, fresh from-the-garden asparagus is a perfectly splendid Spring delight.           Asparagus spears serve as a beautiful accompaniment to meats and fish.       They are also delightful in … Continue reading

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Love and Forgiveness

“When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes; when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even our virtues.” — Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850) French novelist & playwright

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Kindness Counts

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.” — Lucius Annaeus Seneca aka Seneca the Younger (c 4BC – 65AD) Iberian Peninsula-born Stoic philosopher of Ancient Rome

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National Memo Day

  Note to self: Choose to be better and do better every day… today, tomorrow, forever.

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Do Not Despair

“In all things it is better to hope than to despair.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet, playwright, & novelist

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Why Not?

“The next time you’re in a meeting, look around and identify the yes-butters and the why-notters. The why-notters move the world.” — Louise Randall Pierson (1890 – 1969) American author

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Stay Strong

  “A strong mind always hopes and always has cause to hope.” — Polybius (c200 – c118 BC) Greek historian of middle Hellenistic period

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National Pack Rat Day

Do you tend to hoard or collect or squirrel away some unneeded items? I do… particularly old photos, letters, scrapbook items, and family mementos. Today is our day… National Pack Rat Day… Or we could flip it around to National … Continue reading

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Harmony

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” — Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) Indian lawyer, spiritual & political leader, and nonviolent resistance advocate

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International Family Day

As I learned in Hawaii, where my sister has lived for the past 24 years, Ohana is the family you live with, and Ohana is the family you choose. For International Family Day, I thank you for being my family… … Continue reading

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Tolerance

  “I learned that very often the most intolerant and narrow-minded people are the ones who congratulate themselves on their tolerance and open-mindedness.” — Christopher Hitchens (1949 – 2011) British-American author

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Things that make you say, “Hmmmmm…”

Jefferson’s “Commonplace Book” 1774-1776: “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms.. Disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve to encourage … Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers and those who love and care as mothers. “A mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend.” — Amit Kalantri (1988 – ) Indian mentalist, magician, and author; from “Wealth of … Continue reading

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