reinventing yourself: a podcast with regina brett

REGINA BRETT IS MANY THINGS: a breast-cancer survivor; a onetime single parent; one of 11 kids who shared a difficult childhood she has worked to make peace with; a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist for her commentary in The Plain Dealer, Ohio’s largest newspaper. And an author, of the popular book “God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours,” just out in paperback (and I bought two extra copies to give away!). In short—she’s a master of reinvention. I was happy to finally “meet” Regina when I appeared on her weekly call-in show recently on WKSU, the Ohio NPR affiliate.  The topic: reinventing yourself.

Two other guests who had started over were also on the program. One had left her career to work with animals, creating a non-profit rescue and shelter organization; the other chose to work with children, taking on leadership of a girls school; I shifted my life to be closer to nature, and my garden.

See the thread? Animals, kids, nature. Stuff that makes you feel better when you are around it. A good reason to make a change—to have more of things like that in our lives, no?

Listen to our May 18 edition of Regina’s weekly show (or any other episode!), or check out her book, a collection of inspirational essays and stories that sprung out of a popular column written when she turned 50. Speaking of age…Regina is funny (and is not 90 years old, despite internet rumors to that effect). Her inspirational show airs every Wednesdays at 7 to 8 PM Eastern, or can be had in podcast anytime.

How to Win ‘God Never Blinks’

TO WIN ONE OF TWO COPIES of Regina’s “New York Times” bestseller, “God Never Blinks,” simply comment below by saying what you’d want to surround yourself with more of if you “reinvented” yourself, even just a little.

OK, nothing to confess? Not feeling like sharing? Just write “Count me in” or “I want to win” or some such in the comments, and your entry will count. No worry! Winners will be chosen at random after entries close at midnight Monday, May 30. Best of luck to all!

(Federal regulations require that I disclose that any purchases you make via Amazon from links on this page will net me a small commission, which I use to buy more books to give away.)


  1. Uli says:

    I swear I’ve been trying to reinvent myself since my senior year in high school. And my thirtieth reunion is coming up! Could use some inspiration, so plesae count me in!

  2. Margaret says:

    ENTRIES TO WIN THE BOOKS ARE NOW CLOSED, but comments stay open if you wish to add to the conversation.

    I am emailing the randomly chosen winners offline now. Thanks to all of you for jumping in.

  3. Howie says:

    I will ; spend more time with family, try to leave everyone I meet a little better than I find them, be in the garden more and more, and finally I will sincerely attempt to visit websites ( with great books to give away) , closer to the competition closedate than the 3years late that I have just achieved!

    Off to amazon to find the book, loving your website Margaret

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