• Nate Berkus

    “Marsala, Thank you sincerely for what is, without a doubt, one of my all time favorite features. With Love and Affection, Nate”

    Nate Berkus
  • Anthony Hopkins

    He extended his hand and said, “Hi I’m Tony,” with a soft, very familiar British accent that was surprisingly warm and friendly.

    Anthony Hopkins
  • Cindy & Carlos Santana

    “Dearest Marsala, I feel so grateful and deeply moved by the consciousness in which you wrote this article about us. Thank you from the center of my heart.” – Carlos Santana

    Cindy & Carlos Santana
  • Priscilla Presley

    “Marsala, I enjoyed our conversation so much, it was as if I was talking to one of my friends. For me to expose myself to someone I have never met says a lot about you.”

    Priscilla Presley
  • Barry Manilow

    “Marsala, your interview is the best I’ve ever read about me in my entire career. It’s my dream interview! You are really something. Thanks so much for this. I’d frame it, but I haven’t got enough wall space. Love, Barry”

    Barry Manilow
  • Faith Hill & Tim McGraw

    “Tim and I talked about you after the interviews. It was great! We never talk to anyone in the press as long as we talked with you.”

    Faith Hill & Tim McGraw
  • Dave Koz

    “Marsala, my sincere gratitude. You are a wonderful interviewer. I now see why everyone has talked with you.” – Dave

    Dave Koz
  • Suze Orman

    “Marsala, your article is the best one ever written about me!”

    Suze Orman
  • Rob Thomas

    “No matter what you do there has to be an evolution so that you become a newer, better version of who you are.” – Rob Thomas

    Rob Thomas
  • Lionel Richie

    “Wow, wow, wow, Marsala, these are great questions!” – Lionel Richie

    Lionel Richie
  • Vince Gill

    “Thanks Marsala. Amy and I loved the story you did about us. Looking forward to meeting you the next time I come to Las Vegas.”

    Vince Gill

Faith Hill and Tim McGraw – Country Music Royalty

Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and celebrity scribe Marsala RypkaAfter talking with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill for a couple of hours I came away feeling like we were old friends catching up on life.

Yes, they are Country Music Royalty who have collectively sold 70 million records, and received seven Grammys, 26 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards, 14 American Music Awards, and seven People Choice Awards, but they are also real, down-to-earth people like you and me. They are a loving couple, and devoted parents. They have experienced the thrill of being on stage in front of millions of people, and they have known hardship and heartache.

Before we spoke I wondered if Faith would mention being adopted, and if Tim would tell the story of how he didn’t know who his real father was until he was eleven years old. I hoped they would be open because those are the kind of stories that offer comfort and inspiration to so many others who have traveled a similar path. They did not disappoint. They were incredibly gracious, forth-coming, completely without any pretense.

I love asking questions that allow people to dip their toe into the pool of self-reflection or to dive in whole-heartedly. And that’s exactly what Faith and Tim did. They said it was one of the best interviews they’ve ever done. I think that’s because they understood that I am truly interested in illuminating what’s in a person’s soul.

Even if you’re not a fan of country music, you will fall in love with this couple. Their Soul-to-Soul conversation will touch your heart.

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Best of the 70th Golden Globe Awards – 2013

70th Annual Golden Globe Awards I enjoy watching award shows like the Golden Globes and the Oscars. Like most women who appreciate fashion, I enjoy oohing and aahing. However I can’t get into it like the TV commentators, the fashionistas, the reporter and bloggers do who spend so much time analyzing which stars wore plunging V-necklines or slits that exposed too much leg, and who deserves to be on the best-dressed list or vanquished to the worst-dressed list. In the larger scheme of things, it doesn’t matter. It’s all subjective anyway. Some people loved Nicole Kidman’s Alexander McQueen gown with its mesh-lined ribcage, while others hated it. The same is true of Halle Berry’s pink-patterned, thigh-high Versace, or Jennifer Lopez’s see-through Zuhair Murad number. (I think Anne Hathaway was perfection in that white-beaded strapless Chanel.)

I watch these awards shows hoping to be more than entertained. I want to be inspired. I want to glean some pearls of wisdom from these brilliantly talented people that I can apply to my own life.

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Taylor Hicks: From Obscurity to American Idol to the Neon Lights of Las Vegas!

American Idol Taylor Hicks

Have you ever had a dream so big it consumed you? So big you were willing to crawl into bed with hardship and heartache, rejection and disappointment, fear and frustration. And then one day when you had almost nothing left to give, when you'd been … [Continue reading]

Dancing with the Stars – Another Mirror Ball for Apolo Anton Ohno?

APOLO ANTON OHNO, KARINA SMIRNOFF

It doesn't matter if he's competing in the Olympics or on Dancing With the Stars, Apolo Anton Ohno shows us what Commitment, Focus and Perseverance look like! Last week 23 million people watched Dancing with the Stars and saw Apolo Anton Ohno and … [Continue reading]

Gay rights: Melissa Etheridge, Suze Orman, Carson Kressley, Dave Koz & Sally Field speak out

79th Academy Awards

I didn’t plan it that way, but the last four celebrities I’ve interviewed have all been gay. I find it interesting that I even say that because I certainly don’t say “Oh, the last 12 people I’ve interviewed have been heterosexual.” But I say it … [Continue reading]

Suze Orman: Living a Rich and Satisfying Life

Suze and KT on the water.

I was so excited to interview Suze Orman because I love everything she stands for, things like delayed gratification, fiscal responsibility, and knowing the difference between what you want and what you truly need. In the interview which is on … [Continue reading]

Push Girls: The Best in Reality TV

Push Girls

If you need a shot of inspiration, a dose of courage, or a kick in the butt, tune into Push Girls on the Sundance Channel Monday nights at 10:00 p.m. The show stars Angela Rockwood, Auti Angel, Tiphany Adams, and Mia Schaikewitz, four hot, fearless … [Continue reading]

Dave Koz: Hello Tomorrow

Dave Koz at Sea With Friends Cruise

Sharing a glass of wine and the smooth, soulful, sultry sounds of jazz with friends and family is one of the beautiful pleasures in life, and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz is able to deliver both the music and the libation. Dave, who was … [Continue reading]