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MARIE WOOLF has been a creative professional since the age of 17. She has been the founder, CEO and creative director of numerous enterprises, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post in addition to producing original content for syndication and individual user subscriptions. Her work as a creator, humanitarian, political and Internet cartooning pioneer have been widely featured in international print and broadcast media and have attracted tens of millions of viewers and unique visitors to them. Woolf published three digital anthologies of Year One (2012-2013) of her three features, the columns "Q&<.™," "M. on All Things Books™," and editorial illustration focused exclusively on women in the news, at Amazon.com in2013.

Woolf has developed and led fundraising, grant and sponsorship programs totaling millions of dollars in individual and corporate donations, direct gifts, in-kind corporate sponsorships, and federal appropriations. As a serial entrepreneur, she has cofounded several startups as chair/CEO, including for the development of proprietary data aggregation technologies which have been granted five patents for homeland security applications, and has played a central role in the launch and ongoing marketing strategies of other successful startups.

Concurrently with Woolf Media, Woolf served from 2004-2008 as CEO and executive director of a national nonprofit humanitarian organization serving the families of American military personnel who died in active service on and after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Marie built the organization from a local, unknown startup to international prominence. In this role, she acquired corporate sponsors, briefed the Joint Chiefs of Staff and top Army generals at the Pentagon and worked closely with members of Congress of both parties. In 2008, Marie keynoted the graduating class of over 4,000 cadets, general officers, faculty, media and invited visitors at the 15th Annual Character and Leadership Symposium at the United States Air Force Academy on the theme of "Impassioned Citizenship: Can ONE Make a Difference?" Those with whom she shared this stage include General Wesley K. Clark, U.S. Army (Ret.), former NASA Director of Flight Operations Gene Kranz, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Peter Pace, U.S.M.C. (Ret.), humanitarian Greg Mortensen (Three Cups of Tea, Stones into Schools), and "Miracle on the Hudson" Captain Chesley Sullenberger, among others.

A lifelong student of the Holocaust, genocide and human rights, Woolf was nominated in 2006 to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council by Senator Orrin G. Hatch, a founding member of the Council. She has served as a director or advisor on the boards of several nonprofit educational, arts and humanitarian organizations.

Entries by Marie Woolf

January Baby, Counting My Presents (Not to Be Confused With Gifts)

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 1:33 PM

This was my first Christmas tree in five years -- four, if you count the austere Artistic Experiment of having a beefy neighbor with a buzz saw take down that young 7-foot indigenous oak just outside our living room window. Winter-stripped of all but maybe a dozen tiny, crisp tan...

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A Show of Kindness: Good Works? Whatever Works

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 7:36 PM

Giving, as the one percent of the one percent know it, might be diagrammed something like what we all learned in sixth-grade science class.

The great primordial stew of the ocean. Phytoplankton -- green salad at its simplest -- floating on top. Slurped up by tiny,...

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The Unthinkable, Part 2: She Was Lucky. I Was Blessed.

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 12:36 PM

She missed it all: planes spearing into the iconic World Trade Center towers, the west side of the Pentagon, and the verdant countryside of Pennsylvania. She missed the eerie absence of contrails over America for the next week. The national horror. The biggest thing since the Kennedy assassination.

She missed...

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The Unthinkable, Part 1.

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 9:56 AM

Only now do I realize that The Unthinkable section belongs with the other unthinkable section of my library.

Around 2:00 p.m. on September 11, 2001 I was compulsively fiddling with the books in my library. Obsessing about the arrangement of the books, the different sections already organized by genre...

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Royal Princes, Babies as Game Prizes and One Simple Question

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Human life is sacred. I've written of the luck of DNA and birthplace -- once we get that far. By that, I mean that I know a woman who has had four abortions, that I know of, starting at the age of 15 -- as birth control. Another who had...

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Cracked: Or Are Snowden and Palin Really, Really Smart (Like a Fox)?

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 5:16 PM

They keep pourin' hot water over that same tired old tea bag, and we keep drinkin' it up.

Clearly, Fox News considers Sarah Palin the gift that keeps on giving, or they wouldn't have signed her back onto the network after negotiations to renew her original contract...

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Take a Listen! It's Not Journalism, It's Just Another App

(2) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 8:54 AM

There's a reason I opted out of syndicated print editorial cartooning years ago, even though it was cool, at one point, to be one of only four women in America doing it. There came a point where trying to gain, and keep, a panel on the opinion pages of newspapers...

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Final Salute: For Everyone Who Opened the Door

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 1:59 PM

For four years, I led a humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring our military men and women who have died in active service since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. I was privileged to meet thousands of men and women who sacrificed their lives under the American flag, through...

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Courage: Getting on the Plane is Easy; It's the Before and After

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 8:43 AM

The fallen of our present conflicts, starting with Afghanistan in October 2001 and Iraq in March 2003, have received recognition and outpourings of gratitude of a constancy and scale America has never before seen. This has nothing to do with the rightness, wrongness, politics or official declaration of any war....

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Mother's Day, on the Island of Misfit Toys

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 6:32 PM

The first words out of my mouth, on introduction: "Yes, I am a refugee from the Island of Misfit Toys."

You remember, that dear little Rankin-Bass Christmas classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer -- where poor Rudolph and his friend, the elf dentist, run away from a conformist North Pole and...

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Unbroken: He'll Survive Even Angelina Jolie's Direction

(6) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 8:53 AM

How much can we take?

Is our snapping point forgoing Whole Foods for food storage? Trying to explain to your kids why there won't be a Christmas tree again this year? Or, perhaps, discovering what "the future" might imply when the true-believing parents, who sacrificed to help you work...

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My Pet Goat: The George W. Bush Presidential Library

(4) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 4:57 PM

At first glance, a George W. Bush Presidential Library might seem like an oxymoron -- think, the Sarah H. Palin Institute for International Studies.

It was Katie Couric's question in the 2008 campaign, strolling with Palin on the sidewalk in front of the United Nations building while it...

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Open Memo to Tim Cook: Versioned Out

(4) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 8:24 PM

"Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow." Steve Jobs' last words are mysterious to agnostic types but though, as a person of imagination, I believe I absolutely get his meaning it turns out Jobs' legendary vision might have also applied to the mortal hereafter in that how the interminable...

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Days of Remembrance, 2013: 'The Warsaw Ghetto Is No More'

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 11:21 AM

It was all perfectly open.

In a Berlin speech on January 30, 1941 commemorating the eighth anniversary of his rise to power, Adolf Hitler elegantly marketed his plans for the "New Order" -- a euphemism for world domination encompassing mass enslavement and extermination of Untermenschen (subhumans) which would play...

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The Great Gatsby: But First, a Word From Viagra

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 1:41 PM

About half way between West Egg and New York the motor road hastily joins the railroad and runs beside it for a quarter of a mile, so as to shrink away from a certain desolate area of land. This is a valley of ashes -- a fantastic farm where ashes...
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Kindness, the Anti-YouTube Sensation

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 1:35 PM

Twinkly-eyed, as the Dalai Lama who wrote the foreword for this book, or patient-eyed, as the new Pope Francis I, priest of the slums of Buenos Aires who was known to wash the feet of drug addicts, the secret power of kindness is that it asks and expects nothing: sublime,...

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Memo to Facebook: Moderation, the New Controversial

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 4:31 PM

Even as technology makes everything more impersonal, it's never been more personal.

Far too personal, even intimate, actually; and in ways I consider at least as insidious as identity theft.

There's far more protection against identity theft than against relationship wreckage in social media.

I've entered this office carefully too...

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Conclaves, Pheromones and the Pure Religion

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 1:04 PM

Les personnages sortent de leur retable et racontent...
The characters leave the shelf enclosing revered objects of the altar and tell...

Pére Benoît, surely the living model for The Thorn Birds' Father Ralph de Bricassart and our host at the tiny 13th Century Chapelle Notre-Dame de l'Ormeau, two kilometres...

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Fifty Shades of Green

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 10:06 AM

Just as we thought that, at long last, we'd finally stuck a Forks in it, a calculating, middle-aged gal named Erika Leonard, that's E. L. James to you and me, took on the quaint British device of nom de plume initials -- à la C. S. Lewis, J. R. R....

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John Kerry, Male Secretary

(1) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 3:54 PM

Any vote of 94 to 3 in our polarized U.S. Senate makes me tilt my head to thump the water out of my ears.

It couldn't be that simple -- an obviously vastly-qualified nominee for the most senior and powerful Cabinet post, that of the global stage,...

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