Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful...NOT OUR POTUS!

Ruby Rakos, Carole Demas, ME, Diane J. Findlay, Sue Matsuki, KT Sullivan, and producer Russ Woolley
No matter what side of an argument you are on, you always find people on your side that you wish were on the other side.
-Jascha Heifetz, Russian-born American violist (1901-1987)

Happy Tuesday, July 25th, 2017!
July 25 is the 206th day of the year. There are 159 days remaining until the end of the year. 
A little overcast and chillier than usual for this time of year in NY. 
As I sat down to begin today's blog, I was listening to the 40s channel on Sirius XM
Gene Krupa in 1944
Radio, more specifically Gene Krupa with Anita O'Day and Let Me Off, Uptown

This was a big hit for both in 1942. 
Seventy Five Years Ago! 
July 25th, 1942 was a Saturday. Some of my readers may have been there. I wasn't even on the near horizon.  
It was a time of patriotism and love of country and civility and respect for one another. It was reflected in our movies, our music, and in almost every aspect of popular culture.

As I sat down to write today's blog, my original intent was not to become 'political' but I  began to write, as is normally the case, it took on a life of its own. 

In today's blog, I am evaluating and thinking about what our country has dissolved into over the past few years.
I sometimes feel like I'm being double-crossed by loved ones if I express an opinion and I am blaming it all on the negative climate that we are living in. What has happened to civility and just respecting one another?
I am frightened as to what this nation (and the world) has turned into.
When it comes to making a rebuttal on my behalf, I would like to let all that read this know that I'm responding to behavior and not specific people.
Can't we ALL separate the two? 
Normally, I have a high tolerance level for uncertainty and am willing to wait for the missing information to surface. However, these days, I keep waiting for the shoe to drop. As the campaign of our current POTUS began, I put on my detective badge and started asking questions. I've never been as politically concerned as I am now. 

Yesterday, I watched POTUS' speech for the Boy Scouts of America.  
Trump’s Boy Scouts speech broke with 80 years of presidential tradition.
Full disclosure: I did not/do not desire him to be OUR POTUS and 'lead' this country and represent us around the world....BUT once he was elected, I was willing to give him a chance. That being said, he has blown my faith in him with his daily tweets and bullying tactics. As a bullied kid, I know a bully when I see one!  
My reasons for the way I feel about him are based on his OWN actions and words and NOT on 'Fake News". I've always felt that what is 'right' for me in any given situation is up to me to decide  the direction I NEED to take.
That should be true for all of us. The way that I act and feel in any given moment is based on everything that I have experienced in my life up to this time. 
Reacting with a positive attitude instead of a negative one sometimes takes considerable effort, but the payoff is worth it, don't you think?

It is the thought of future possibilities, of all that WE could accomplish WHEN WE work and live as a team with each other, that is making me desire to make more of an effort in my relationships with EVERYONE.
Believe it or not, I was a Boy Scout.  I was part of a troop at Centenary Methodist Church in Conway, South Carolina in the mid to late seventies. It was something my parents wanted to make me less of a sissy. I don't think it worked! We lived right next to the church and it was easy for me to walk over to our Scout meetings on Monday night. I don't recall how long I was even a member.

Centenary United Methodist Church in Conway, SC (home of my Monday night Boy Scout meetings)

I remember going on a few camping trips, although when I think of 'camping', my thoughts lean more towards Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, and Mae West than hiking and fishing.

As I look back, I feel like I have CHOSEN who I have become.
I try daily to not let others choose it for me. It's ALWAYS been like that for me. 

How ridiculous have we ALL become? I'm embarrassed for the time we are living in.
Going back to approximately 1975, when I was in the Scouts, I actually felt respected by my scout masters and the other guys in the troop. 
As a matter of fact, the only negative thing I remember was having to walk across the Conway bridge after a camping trip.
By most standards it was a small bridge and most would possibly not understand the fear that possessed me to walk over it, but I was petrified of heights and it was, to me, high above the Waccamaw River.
James Dale, Rue, Chad Allen and me as Carol Channing
I begged my Scout leaders to drive me across the bridge but they insisted I walk across...and I did! How did I overcome that challenge? I walked across the bridge with a goal in mind. Maybe it was metaphorical. Anyway, I crossed the bridge and kept walking. As I walked, I knew I was moving   AWAY from the Boy Scouts. So I walked directly to Bob's Motel on the other side of the bridge on Highway 501 and went to the pay phone and called my dad to come and get me. I felt emboldened enough not to go back. I f
ollowed my gut instinct and I felt blessed with flashes of brilliance.
I WAS THROUGH! There was no need to hesitate or delay; just act.
After that day, I did not miss the Boy Scouts and I truly have not thought about the organization one way or another since that last day. Well, almost...

Several years ago, I did a benefit for
Truly the end of the line for me and the Boy Scouts
the late Senator Lautenburg with Rue McClanahan, Chad Allen, and James Dale who was in a ground breaking law suit with the Boy Scouts of America. Meeting James stirred up old memories. 

THAT was the last time I have even thought about the Boy Scouts...until yesterday.

In case you haven't been following the news, our POTUS spoke at a Boy Scout Jamboree in Virginia. Did YOU hear the speech? If so, What are YOUR thoughts?

As an adult, I am embarrassed for what he is doing ...chipping away at so much of what HAS made America great.
For him to say to those kids that our media is fake is a dangerous precedent. 
Commemorative BSA stamp first issued by the U.S. in 1950

For him to deride The Attorney General that HE picked is an embarrassment. 
He blew an opportunity to celebrate who these kids are and what they can become. 
Instead, he chose to make it, as usual, all about his narcissistic self. 
If any of you listen to the speech, it can be dissected sentence by sentence alarming in its offensiveness. I know all of you who are thinking with a level head already see this. 
For those of you who do not see how wrong this speech was yesterday, please wake up! 
This is a dangerous dangerous man. God help us all. 

Trump vs BoyScouts: YOU Decide!

Trustworthy? able to be relied on as honest or truthful

Loyal? giving or showing firm and constant support or allegiance to a person or institution.

Helpful? giving or ready to give help.

Friendly? not hostile or at variance; amicable

Courteous? polite, respectful, or considerate in manner.

Kind? of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person

Obedient? complying or willing to comply with orders or requests; submissive to another's will.

Cheerful? noticeably happy and optimistic.

Thrifty? (of a person or their behavior) using money and other resources carefully and not wastefully.

Brave? having or showing mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty

I think it's time to clean house
Clean? morally uncontaminated; pure; innocent.

Reverent?  feeling or showing deep and solemn respect.

Here is a letter circulating on Facebook from a mom: I am writing to express my utter disbelief and disappointment at the fact that the Boy Scouts of America allowed a sitting president to incite 'booing' and denigration of a former President at the BSA Jamboree today, as well as toward his
Why not take a chance on Celebrating the Boy Scouts (and each other) instead of this constant negativity?
'vanquished ' opponent in the past election.
This is not what I, and my husband, signed our son up for in BSA.
We signed him up to learn RESPECT.
For himself. For Nature. For his parents, friends, and
POTUS is accusing Democrats of fabricating allegations of election interference against Russia
everyone he encounters. For his elders and elected officials.

To be kind and do good to all.
Not to gloat over 'achievements' or push an agenda. I am absolutely horrified tonight, and I am going to be thinking long and hard about whether my son, who I'm doing my very best

to be a good and loving person, should continue on the road of Scouting in such a toxic environment.
I do not raise my son to behave in the manner that was broadcasted, by a sitting elected official, who he 'should' look up to, did today.
I will be making further phone calls in the next few days to express my displeasure, disappointment, and sheer disbelief.

Tomorrow Belongs To Me

Here is another: *An open letter to Boy Scout CEO Michael Surbaugh. Share. Post / send your own to michael.surbaugh@scouting.org
Dear Mr. Surbaugh,
I just finished watching the political, mean-spirited and un-Scouting address by President

Trump at the National Jamboree yesterday. 
To say as an Eagle Scout that I was appalled would be an understatement. In my decade of scouting I was taught that Scouts were to be trustworthy, friendly, courteous, helpful, kind, cheerful, and reverent. To see the platform you gave for a speech that was the exact opposite of that, and to see Scout staff cheering and clapping on stage was so far out of bounds I don't even recognize the organization. 
To allow the denigration of a former President who not only
Scoutmaster James Dale
sent a message of hope to the Scouting Jamboree during his tenure, but was a Scout himself and a Nobel Peace Prize winner shows me that Scouting has strayed far from the words it teaches its members.
But there is still one word I hope you still use from the Scout Law - brave. I hope you will have the courage to publicly repudiate the co-opting of that speech into a political youth rally, but also the courage to speak out against some of the hateful things the President said that are deeply antithetical to what Scouting stands for. 

With hope for your action and a response,
Brian Silva
Eagle Scout

As an Eagle Scout, it scares me to think about the impact Trump could have on our nation's children.
Dr. DaShanne Stokes

The Boy Scouts Oath:On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.  

Trump using 30,000 Boy Scouts tonight as props in his own Triumph of the Will. He called for their loyalty as he screamed one lie after another at them. He paused for them to cheer, and they did. 
Child abuse on a mass scale. When I defeat him in 2020, my first order of business before
any sort of plea bargaining negotiations with his attorneys will be for him to issue an apology to all of these children and to admit to them he told them numerous lies. 
Let's Take Back America from this dangerous, sick clown. It was, after all, already ours to begin with. -- Michael Moore
Eagle Scout

Facebook Comments:  
As the mother of 3 Eagle Scouts...his speech should have been one of encouragement and reflection on how fortunate we are to be Americans NOT another victory lap in the 'I WON' road trip.
THIS is Presidential

Seemingly, Donald Trump has never been able to give a single speech in which he does not either denigrate somebody else or unduly aggrandize himself. Most of the time, his facts are skewed or simply untrue. He is the epidome of the insecure, egotistical boor and even addressing The Boy Scouts of America becomes a pathetic opportunity to politically pontificate.

Dear Mr. President, I have never been so ashamed to be living in America. You corrupt buffoon!

Inappropriate. Poor representation for young minds. Teaching them hate, disrespect, bullying and dishonorable conduct. He should have elevated their honor, respect and service, their commitment to strong and responsible character. He took the position of POTUS which should serve as an example and drug it through the mire.

Facebook comment:  
Hi! Whoever is reading this, I understand how rough things are right now. I just want to let you know that things will get better, I promise.
Keep holding on just a little bit longer. I know you feel like nobody really cares. You're wrong, stop denying it. I care, otherwise I wouldn't be writing this. You're not alone, we may be miles away but we're all going through the same things. Please keep holding on.

Knowledge is power-when you use it constructively. Our POTUS should realize that success is not something into which you are born!  

My horoscope told me that people may go out of their way to communicate their feelings to me today.  

They did.
I'm listening and making a LOT of changes in my life. The 'WORD for the night is INTEGRITY . Think of this word as your mantra for the day.
First apply the word to yourself, THEN apply this word to EVERYONE YOU meet. Think of this word as you respond to EVERY POST you see throughout the day. The 'word 'for TODAY is INTEGRITY . Please pay it forward...

My Facebook memory for the day is a post I posted one year ago today:  
Favorite quote of the night: "Can I just say to the Bernie or bust people, YOU are being ridiculous"-Sarah Silverman

With producer Russ Woolley
The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new. - Socrates

I'm throwing back the curtain and showing my followers the little man behind the Wizard who is always trying to put forth a positive image of a man. 

Let's Be Friends! I promise you a great experience!

You have the power to change anything, because you are the one who chooses your thoughts and feels your feelings.

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w/Ann Dawson, Emily McNamara, Ben Rimalower... AND a Beloved Cabaret Mystery Guest

Congratulations Richard Skipper and Russ Woolley on another wonderful "Richard Skipper
With Randy Jones of the Village People

Celebrates" production at the Laurie Beechman Theater on 6/18/17. Wonderful production, wonderful host, and wonderful guests. How can it get better than that? It can't! See you in September.

Craig Witham, Philadelphia, Pa

On June 18th, 2017,  I had the great good pleasure of singing in one of Richard Skipper’sExtravaganzas par Excellence at the Laurie Beechman Theater. This one celebrated Father's Day. It was a  terrific show and Richard was, as always, a wonderful host and singer.   The show ran smoothly and professionally and the performance level was exceedingly high.  Upbeat and fun it reminded me of those wonderful TV variety shows of my youth.  But it isn’t an imitation of one of them, it is Richard’s own, unique creation.  If you have never been to one, I recommend it highly, if you are one of the regulars, you are already hooked.
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Linda Amiel Burns, Linda Langton, Lee Roy Reams, Glen Charlow, Daniel Sherman

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Sit Back! A New News Cycle Is About to Begin!

Thank you, to ALL who are mentioned in this blog for showing me that it is up to ME to lead by example!

With grateful XOXOXs , 

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Please do what YOU can to be more aware that words and actions DO HURT...but they can also heal and help!  

Keeping America great through Art!     

Here's to an INCREDIBLE tomorrow for ALL...with NO challenges!
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Monday, July 24, 2017

The Enormously Powerful Don't Have To Be Cool To Be Accepted

with the AUTHENTIC Randy Jones of The Village People
I think all great innovations are based on rejections.
-Louise Nevelson, Russian-American artist (1900-1988)

Happy MONDAY, July 24th, 2017!
July 24 is the 205th day of the year. There are 160 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Friday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Wednesday or Thursday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Saturday (56).
Therefore, there is a uniqueness to this day...or as I say always, to EVERY DAY! It is a rainy overcast day here in New York. Before I even start, it's a birthday shout out to Kristin Chenoweth!
She's one of my favorites and I would LOVE to interview her!
As I began today's blog I was listening to Leslie Uggams singing My Own Morning from Hallelujah, Baby!
That song sums up my feelings and emotions today. Once upon a time there was a man named Richard Skipper who was/is a work in progress!
Today is a special day in my life. Six years ago today, Danny and I were legally wed.
Danny and I have been together 27 years! However, 6 years ago TODAY, we became legal! We have the distinction of being one of the first 100 couples to get wed legally in NY. I'm looking forward to the next 27 years.
Danny and I with my little Me, our niece Lakyn

Daniel Sherman completes my life on a level I never thought possible. I am one of the lucky ones. I thank God and the Universe daily! The day of our marriage, Tom and Leslie Orofino not only were our witnesses, they were our chauffeurs and the most amazing friends you could possibly imagine. Also our friends Joe and Pat Sopiak, and Douglas Houston and Frank Russo (who got married earlier this year) were there for us! Counting my blessings today with a great husband AND great friends! Make it a great day, EVERYONE! It's up to US!

The energy of today has been erratic, and I am hopping all over the place. 
It also has been very expansive.

I am going through a 'letting go' phase in my life. I am letting go of those aspects, things, and, yes, people who are not serving my life on a positive uplifting level.
The title of my blog today once again comes from one of my horoscopes. As I've said in previous blogs, whether you believe in them or not, there is always food for thought in them. Last night, a 'friend' of mine unfriended me on Facebook. 
Not because of something I said, but, rather, because of what was said by a couple of friends of mine. I feel like I'm trying to grab a slippery fish with greased hands.  
I'm letting the fish swim away for now. I can always catch another one later if I need to. Social media has really screwed up how we communicate in the 21st century.
It has its pluses...but I'm beginning to think that the negatives are far outreaching the positives. I have a confession to make: I'm addicted! 
When I reached the 5,000 (the limit) mark on Facebook, I felt like I arrived! I cannot tell you when that was but it WAS sometime ago. I felt like I had become popular. I love it when all eyes are on me, so all those 'friends' had me smiling like crazy as if they were paparazzi hanging on to my every move and post! 
I have given up the notion of desiring to have 'notches' on Facebook. I truly want an experience that is reflective of my REAL life. 
Over the course of the last few years as my career and life have taken me down different paths, I am finding it useful to connect with those that are interested in who I am instead of what I have to offer and I am looking for 'accountability partners' who help to ensure that I actually implement that which I am learning. This is good!
My life is an open book and I wear my emotions and feelings on my sleeves...AND in print!  
I  have been going through daily my Facebook friends and 'unfriending' those that I have no interaction with. I have a daily goal of clicking on 25 friends on Facebook and taking a closer look at how our lives are intertwined. I have been having some stark realizations. Some names I don't even recognize! Did they reach out to me or did I reach out to them? 
I have taken a deep breath and am realizing that THIS is EXACTLY where I am supposed to be at this point in the process of my life's journey. Although it may be a difficult decision - it will be worth it in the long term.  I am just an ordinary guy, not much different from any other.
According to my charts, a wonderful new seven-year cycle has just begun in which my talents of sensitivity and intuition are more on the "in" than on the "out".   
As I go through and am clearing, I am making way for new possibilities and opportunities. 
There are times when I wonder, why isn't this working faster?  I'm all about power now.
As one real friend just posted,  It gets so tiring some days. on FB/media. One wants to just do business, stay in touch with the real friends in the real world, and let the techie "I don't know who you are, what you'll say or do next, can I trust you world" to the robots.
Opportunities and TRUE friends come when we harness the full power of our minds as well as our bearings.
Of course, daily, all of us face obstacles and we sometimes feel stuck where we are.
The world has changed since last year, and no one of us is immune to changes occurring in our personal lives. As an artist and all of my artist friends can attest to this, sometimes we hit plateaus in which it seems as if we are making no progress whatsoever. That is how I've been feeling for the past month and a half...maybe even longer.  I am opening up to a new way of living with others.

I follow Dee Wallace, the actress.  My eyes light up when I think of her. 
Did you know she is a very spiritual woman? I have had the honor of interviewing Dee twice. I love her outlook on life. She is a great writer, as well, and I use her book as a guide. Recently, I
received a newsletter in which she felt a lot of people were letting her down. 
She wrote that she heard herself proclaim out loud, "Everyone is letting me down." She goes on to write, "When you hear yourself say or think perceptions like that, you better believe there is a pony in the poop somewhere. A big one!"
She realized she was getting angrier and angrier.She felt like she was exploding inside. On the exterior, she was bravely facing all the challenges before her. Inside, she was creating a nervous breakdown. She woke up at six that morning and her mind was churning. She could feeeeeeel the anger!!! She could not stop the ongoing flow of thoughts that...she didn't desire. Sound familiar? That's when we say things like, "I don't want to feel this way, but I CAN'T HELP IT." And it felt like that was her truth. She threw off the covers and stumbled into the office.
This took her straight to a core belief "that I have to give up myself to take care of the people I love." Sound familiar? It certainly does with me!
WE DO NOT HAVE TO GIVE OURSELVES UP!  I should have known.
Dee goes on to tell us that she shares this with us because, if you are feeling like "you can't help it" there is, undoubtedly, another layer forces us to peel to get to the pony. I'm hanging in there. Will you? As soon as we understand what part of US is fighting US, we will be free. Thank you. Dee Wallace!  Know You Are the Answer!!!

If you are pointing the finger away from yourself, you will never find the answer that sets you free.     
Dee Wallace Follow Dee
Get outside as much as possible and be active.    Do not let worry slow you down.  
Carol Channing has ALWAYS been HER authentic self!

Richard's  Recommendations
From Balthasar Billups, BROADWAY BABYLON  : Looks like Broadway's hottest ticket is Off Broadway. A Clockwork Orange reimagined for the stage. Director Alexandra Spencer-Jones’ electrifying London stage adaptation of the 1962 book and 1971 film A Clockwork Orange will make its New York premiere at off-Broadway's New World Stages. 

Previews will begin on September 2 with an opening night set for September 25.  The work will run through January 6, 2018. 
Jonno Davies, who led the London cast, will make his New York Stage debut in the lead role of Alex De-Large.  
A Clockwork Orange lures audiences into a glass-edged, testosterone-filled underworld of a dystopian future. The explosive story of little Alex and his rebellious gang of Droogs is a groundbreaking classic of orgiastic ultra-violence and sexuality. The work is described as an unapologetic celebration of the human condition. Anthony Burgess’ book A Clockwork Orange has widely been considered a cultural landmark since its release. Stanley Kubrick’s film, an immediate hit with American audiences, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. This 2017 production celebrates the centennial of Burgess’ birth, in 1917.   
This is an important event. Annie Ross, the legendary Jazz singer who's been a resident for
Annie Ross
over 10 years at Metropolitan Room, who's known for her famous song, Twisted, who's an original character in "Our Gang - The Little Rascals," is celebrating her 87th Birthday on Tues July 25th at 9pm. Bernie Furshpan will be hosting it. Annie hasn't been herself in the past few months and sometimes has difficulty performing, but she's a fighter, a classy, elegant fighter. Please go out on Tues at 9pm and give her the due she deserves for all the pleasure she's given us and the world. Be the Metropolitan Room's guest with a No Cover Charge admission by sending an email to Bernie

Before Liberace entered the world of glitz and glamour, the legendary showman crossed paths with history's most notorious gangster and his girlfriend, forming a unique bond. Featuring a lavish original score, this world premiere musical explores the phantasmagorical life of the iconic performer and his nearly career-shattering struggle to maintain privacy with respect to his sexual orientation. Friendship, love, and the quest for redemption play out for one of showbiz's most unique trios in the telling of this remarkable story. (Read MORE

With friends Debbi Bush Whiting and Glen Charlow

I'm throwing back the curtain and showing my followers the little man behind the Wizard who is
Frank Basile, Eileen Fulton, The late great Celeste Holm and Danny Lorge (I miss both daily)
always trying to put forth a positive image of a man. 

Let's Be Friends! I promise you a great experience!

I am declaring that this is going to be a great week for me.  Won't you join me? Don't be afraid to show compassion and caring. A warm hug can send a greater message that  those you love you care deeply about them. Be sure to give those who are feeling down your warmest smile or hug. Author Ellen Wittlinger wrote, “When there’s an elephant in the room, you can’t pretend it isn’t there and just discuss the ants.” Never forget, you are your most passionate advocate.
Life is so much better when you stop caring about what everyone thinks, and start to actually live for yourself!!

A Few Testimonials For Richard Skipper Celebrates...Next One is September 10th! Please Reserve TODAY   

Linda Amiel Burns (President of the American Popular Song Society), Linda Langton, Lee Roy Reams, Glen Charlow, Danny
Richard Skipper Celebrates... at the Laurie Beechman Theatre is a delight of a show. You are always guaranteed stellar performances, wonderful stories, and a lot of belly laughs. I walk away from every show having received an education - finding new appreciation for the music featured that month.
A most exceptional entertainer presents an incredibly satisfying series. I always look forward to the next one.
Abby Judd, Lights and Sound at The Laurie Beechman Theater

My boyfriend and I joined the American Popular Song Society a few months ago and have enjoyed all the programs so far. Richard's tribute to Judy Garland last week was the perfect way to top off the season! It was wonderful to see clips from every one of her films (many of which I need to add to my collection) and the performances were great! Richard is a dynamic host and a fantastic advocate for the preservation and celebration of the American Songbook and Musical Theatre. I look forward to many more Richard Skipper productions!
Mark Blowers,  New York, NY

Richard Skipper Celebrates is the Greatest show(s) on earth! Richard Skipper is the ultimate host,
with Warren Schein, Sarah Rice, David Sabella, Sharon McNight, and producer Russ Woollet
performer, artist, friend and quick witted delight!! Every show we have been to, he has made us feel like part of the family of incredibly talented performers gathered. September can't come soon enough😘

Kathleen Hochberg, Easton, PA

Sit Back! A New News Cycle Is About to Begin!

Thank you, to ALL who are mentioned in this blog for showing me that it is up to ME to lead by example!

With grateful XOXOXs , 

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Please do what YOU can to be more aware that words and actions DO HURT...but they can also heal and help!  

Keeping America great through Art!     

Here's to an INCREDIBLE tomorrow for ALL...with NO challenges!
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Richard Skipper, Richard@RichardSkipper.com