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BJ Gallagher
BJ Gallagher is an inspirational author and speaker. The 20th anniversary edition of her international best-seller, "A Peacock in the Land of Penguins," was just published, with glowing endorsements from Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Ken Blanchard, Warren Bannis, among others. The book has sold over 375,000 copies in 23 languages, making it THE best-selling diversity book in the world.

BJ's other recent books are: "The Power of Positive DOING," (Simple Truths)and "It's Never Too Late To Be What You Might Have Been" (Viva Editions).

BJ and her books have been featured on the Today Show with Matt Lauer, CBS Evening News with Bob Schieffer, Fox News, PBS, CNN, and other television and radio programs. She is quoted almost weekly in various newspapers, women's magazines, and websites, including: O the Oprah magazine, Redbook, Woman's World, Ladies Home Journal, First for Women, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Orlando Sentinel, Financial Times (U.K.), Guardian (U.K.),,,, among others.

In addition to writing books, BJ also conducts seminars and delivers keynotes at conferences and professional meetings across the country. Her corporate clients include: IBM, Chevron, US Department of Veteran's Administration, John Deere Credit Canada, Volkswagen, Farm Credit Services of America, Raytheon, US Department of Interior, Phoenix Newspapers Inc., the American Press Institute, Infiniti, Nissan, Atlanta Journal Constitution, among others.

BJ is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Southern California, earning summa cum laude honors with her BA in Sociology. She has completed the coursework for a PhD in Social Ethics, also at USC.

Entries by BJ Gallagher

An Open Letter to Melania Trump: Plagiarism is Stealing

(3) Comments | Posted July 19, 2016 | 2:31 PM

Dear Melania;

I am a writer. I make my living with my words. I am also a keynote speaker and workshop leader, so I make my living with spoken words, as well as written ones. It hurts me -- and it hurts all writers -- when you take words that...

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Dr. Warren H. Schmidt: Is It Always Right to Be Right?

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2016 | 4:47 PM

On Vietnam Moratorium Day in 1969, UCLA professor Warren H. Schmidt sat down to do his morning writing. What flowed onto the paper was a parable he called "Is It Always Right to Be Right?" In it, he examined the divisiveness that was tearing our country apart in the '60s:...

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Voters Love Trump the Way Women Love Bad Boys

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 9:47 PM

"Why don't you leave him?" I ask my friend, America. "Can't you see how awful he is?"

"But I love him," she replies.

"He's arrogant and full of himself," I point out. "He brags about how rich he is. He flaunts his wealth as if it's a measure of...

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I Brake for Scooter LaForge

(3) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 6:59 PM

I was driving down Melrose Boulevard one day, minding my own business, headed to West Hollywood to visit my elderly mother, when out of the corner of my eye I spied a colorful sidewalk mannequin. It was a real head-turner - and in my case, a car-turner as well. The...

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What Would Jesus Say About Trump's Violent Rhetoric?

(2) Comments | Posted March 15, 2016 | 3:13 PM

"In the beginning was the Word," according to the Bible. God's words created the universe; He spoke us into being. Words created our world - literally. Words have power -- to uplift or to tear down -- to inspire or to incite -- to heal or to hurt -- to...

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How to Tell a Male Political Candidate from a Female Political Candidate

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2016 | 6:20 PM


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What's the Difference Between Capitalism and Democratic Socialism?

(4) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 6:07 PM

As I listen to the campaign speeches of the Republican and Democratic presidential front-runners - each outlining their views for the future of America - it seems to me that it boils down to this central question:

What kind of country do we want: an America in which it's...

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Elizabeth St. Hilaire's Torn Paper Painting: A New and Unique Art Form

(1) Comments | Posted January 24, 2016 | 6:37 PM

Once in a great while, an artist comes along whose work is so distinctive, so unusual, so imaginative, and so colorful that it stands out from the crowd, much like a peacock stands out in a colony of penguins. Elizabeth St. Hilaire is such an artist.

I have seen...

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Do Words Kill? Is Political Rhetoric Inciting Christians to Violence?

(67) Comments | Posted November 28, 2015 | 3:30 PM

"In the beginning was the Word," according to the Bible. God's words created the universe; He spoke us into being. Words created our world - literally. Words have power - to uplift or to tear down - to inspire or to incite - to heal or to hurt - to...

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Grieving For Paris Is About Love, Not Political Correctness

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 4:37 PM

France is the world's top tourist destination and Paris is the most visited city in the world, with some 33 million tourists every year. People from all over the world vacation in Paris; we honeymoon there; we spend a college semester in Paris; we travel there to enjoy the music,...

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What Would Buddha Do About the Terrorist Attack in Paris?

(21) Comments | Posted November 14, 2015 | 12:16 PM

In the coming days, we will be deluged with views on what we should do about this assault on innocent citizens. We will hear political views, military views, media views, and intense public opinion. But in our anguish, grief, and confusion, let us consider a spiritual view as well.

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Who's Right About School Shootings?

(3) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 3:17 PM

There once was a school
where people were always right.
They knew they were right . . .
and they were proud of it.

It was a school where people stated with confidence,
"I am right and you are wrong."
These were...

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Walking My Mother Home: The Gifts and Blessings of Alzheimer's

(13) Comments | Posted September 5, 2015 | 10:29 PM

The wise, old, spiritual teacher Ram Dass says, "We're all just walking each other home." That's how I feel about my role as a caregiver. I'm just walking my mother home.

(Source: Ram Dass)

Mom is about eight years into her Alzheimer's...

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Donald Trump Is the Epitome of Everything the World Detests -- and Admires -- About America

(42) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 2:47 PM

A recent "New Zealand Herald" OpEd by Paul Thomas said: "Trump personifies everything the rest of the world despises about America: casual racism, crass materialism, relentless self-aggrandizement, vulgarity on an epic scale." Thomas is right, of course. The Ugly American is alive and well...and his name is Donald...

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How to Become President Without a Penis

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 3:17 PM

Whether Hillary is your candidate of choice or not, she deserves an enormous amount of credit for getting this far in attempting to break the mother of all glass ceilings. She's dealing with the many of the same challenges faced by every career woman who aspires to a leadership position....

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The 3 People I'd Like to Thank for Getting Me Where I am Today

(1) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The philosopher Meister Eckhart wrote, "If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is 'Thank You,' it will be enough." So I'd like to offer a prayer of gratitude to three people who have enriched and enlarged my life in the deepest, most profound ways. My life's...

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David Laventhol, Moses, and Newspaper People Wandering in the Wilderness

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 12:40 AM

I read David Laventhol's obituary today and recalled a conversation I had with him 25+ years ago when he was publisher of the Times and president of Times Mirror. At the time, I was the manager of training and organizational development for the newspaper. Laventhol was new to the Times...

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The Magic of Today's New Unicorn Leader

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 9:03 AM

Human beings are social animals. Like packs of wolves, prides of lions, pods of dolphins, herds of elephants, troops of baboons, and flocks of birds, we humans are designed to live and work together in groups. We organize ourselves to work in corporations, small businesses, governments, and non-profit organizations. Like...

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Lenses Limited: Do You See What I See?

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 5:45 PM

Imagine a world
in which everyone is issued
a pair of glasses at birth.


No one thinks anything about it --
it's absolutely normal.

These glasses all appear to be the same,
so people assume they are.

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There's No Place Like Home: Caring for Our Ill, Disabled and Dying Loved Ones

(2) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 10:08 AM

My 86-year-old mother has had Alzheimer's for about eight years now. Ten months ago she fell and broke her hip, requiring surgery, followed by two months in a convalescent hospital. While there she got so depressed she stopped eating, lost 16 pounds in eight weeks, threatened suicide, and pleaded incessantly...

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